Dedicated gamers have different requirements than your traditional home theatre enthusiast. If you’re enjoying a great multiplayer game like Uncharted 3 or Grand Theft Auto 4, the last thing you want to do is recline leisurely while calmly watching the action onscreen. Instead, you’ll be tense and alert – studying your avatar’s environment while a hypnotizing world of sight and sound completely fills your senses. It’s the kind of experience that requires you to remain aware at all times. A few well chosen home theatre components can be the deciding factor between victory... or defeat.
When it comes to choosing a display, big and bright is really the best way to go. You’ll need to be able to pick up every on-screen cue you can, if you intend on staying ahead of your opponents. If you’re willing to consider a projector, a DLP unit like the ViewSonic WXGA Projector will serve you very, very well. Packing 3500 lumens of sheer power, this ViewSonic can throw a 300 inch image onto your living room’s wall or screen. Powered by BrilliantColour technology, it can crank out over a billion colours – creating a lush, living gaming environment. Currently priced at 849.99$, this DLP projector can revolutionize your next game of Portal 2 for under a thousand bucks. (If you’re playing Portal 2 on a PC, try it with this thing... and prepare to have your mind blown!)
Those seeking a more conventional gaming television really can’t go wrong with Samsung’s 60” E550. Boasting an incredibly high consumer rating, this 1080p Plasma powerhouse is the perfect companion for your next evening on XBox LIVE. If you act before August 23rd, you can pick one up for 1299.99 -- that’s almost four hundred dollars off of its regular retail price. Surf to all your favorite game websites with the E550’s built-in web browser, or enjoy a film with a friend in three spectacular dimensions – this 3D-ready Samsung comes bundled with two pairs of Active 3D glasses.
Now that we’ve got your visuals taken care of, it’s time to conquer the audio side of gaming. If you find yourself using your TV or projector’s built-in sound, you won’t just be missing out – you’ll be playing at a tremendous disadvantage. Until August 9th, Future Shop is offering a great entry-level Polk Audio 5.1 Home Theatre System for less than half of its regular retail price. 329.99$ is all it takes to place you inside your favorite gaming environment, where you’ll marvel at hearing every footfall and distant siren. Games like Fallout New Vegas really come to life when you’re using audio equipment like this.
Regardless of whether you’re in the XBox camp, the Playstation camp, or the Wii army -- you’re going to need a place to put all your games. Accessories like the Atlantic Rack are a cost-effective means to store your software safely. Users looking for something a little larger may wish to invest in a pair of Nexera Liber-T storage towers – which can conveniently double as a couple of speaker stands, if you’re a little short on space.
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