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Carl1781
01-02-2009, 06:14 PM
Ok by end of the month I will have enough for either 3 monitors or an 52" HD TV for my pc. I have done some research but I am still unsure which to get.

I am swaying towards 1080 HDTV because my GFX card is HD and I dont think I will be able to get away with the gaps when I position the 3 monitors for IL2 and the thought of IL2 on a 52" screen being all i can se infront of me just seems awesome.

Anyone using either and your views on each would be appriciated.

D Day is going to be 31 Jan 09.

Thanks.

C

Carl1781
01-02-2009, 06:14 PM
Ok by end of the month I will have enough for either 3 monitors or an 52" HD TV for my pc. I have done some research but I am still unsure which to get.

I am swaying towards 1080 HDTV because my GFX card is HD and I dont think I will be able to get away with the gaps when I position the 3 monitors for IL2 and the thought of IL2 on a 52" screen being all i can se infront of me just seems awesome.

Anyone using either and your views on each would be appriciated.

D Day is going to be 31 Jan 09.

Thanks.

C

sakai2005
01-02-2009, 06:41 PM
I think after all report in one big one will be the majority answer.

TX-EcoDragon
01-02-2009, 07:01 PM
I vote for three smaller monitors.

I tried the 42" HDTV as monitor thing - it's fun, and a good size, but the reality is that it's just the same view you always have - but bigger. This is NOT the same thing as running three monitors, at a triple wide resolution. The latter actually increases the area that you can see. . .giving you some peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is a big part of maneuvering flight - and even with TrackIR, you just can't get much on a single display.

Another big downside to the HDTV is that the resolution is not as good as a monitor, desktop icons, webpages etc will not be all that sharp anymore - a 52" TV that runs at 1080p still only runs 1,920x1,080. . .that's ok on a 24" monitor, but a 52" will change things.

If you do photoshop work or similar, all your tool windows can be on one monitor while you work full-screen on the middle monitor, if you fly Blackshark, the second monitor can display the Shkval and ABRIS moving maps etc.

One HDTV is just, well, bigger!

So rather than this view: http://www.flightsim.com/review/th2go/pic7.jpg

You get this: http://www.flightsim.com/review/th2go/pic8.jpg

Bearcat99
01-02-2009, 07:40 PM
Get the big one and a TIR.

unreasonable
01-02-2009, 08:50 PM
A few months ago I bought the 70" Sony HDTV, just to use for flight-sims, and have been thrilled by the results.

It has major advantages over sitting closer to a smaller screen. I can place it about 5 feet in front of me and still have it fill my vision: if you need any sort of prescription lens (I need three different types http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif) this is a huge plus as you can wear your normal infinity lenses. I also find it is much less tiring than peering at a PC screen am arm's length in front of your face.

TIR works fine, and I am now using it for other games, like Fallout3 and shooters.

The res is about as high as my high end PC can handle with a good 30+ frame rate on most games.

The downside is for web browsing - the screen view is too wide! So keep an old PC or laptop for paperwork etc.

Wurkeri
01-03-2009, 03:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by unreasonable:
A few months ago I bought the 70" Sony HDTV, just to use for flight-sims, and have been thrilled by the results. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, that is what I call "unreasonable", you lucky ####### http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Seriously, I've been using a 46" 1080p Toshiba for gaming since March and nowadays it's my sole gaming platform, smaller monitors just don't feel good anymore. I still have the Il-2 installed to one system with 22" but I use that only for testing and as a devicelink monitor.

Otherwise the higher resolution would be nice but it's not really an issue when everything is moving; usually the motion resolution in the big LCDs is much less than theoretical 1080 lines, in practice most can do 300-600 lines. However, the latest generation Sony Z series and Samsung 9 series are reported to be able to reach full 1080 lines motion resolution.

Stiletto-
01-03-2009, 04:31 AM
I would go with the one large monitor, this is something I have debated in my head, and come spring I will probably get a 46-52 inch LCD for TV but use it ALOT for PC gaming.

The theory of it just being the same but bigger is not true, unless you leave it this way. If you effectively sit a few feet away from a large LCD screen, the picture will engulf most of your perephrial vision besides what is in front of you.

This means you can really widen out the in game field of view so that your perephrial vision see's the sides of your cockpit very similar to real life. This would be much better than a 3 monitor setup IMO.

Boandlgramer
01-03-2009, 08:39 AM
What about a Beamer ?
Your eyes would say "Thank you ". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Sooocool
01-03-2009, 02:59 PM
How about this:
http://www.webdotdev.com/nvd/content/view/1581/206/
curve screen monitor.

Stingray333
01-03-2009, 04:20 PM
My vote would be for a 52 inch HD TV. 3 monitors, your still going to have to use track IR and your going to have the frame of the monitors getting in your way, and it would take a lot of room, and you'd need to have 2 video cards or some other gizmo to hook up the 3 monitors. A single 52" TV will be versatile for watching TV, movies, playing other games and being a great computer monitor. Just my 2 cents. either direction you go, rest assured: we will all be jealous http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stingray

Aaron_GT
01-03-2009, 04:39 PM
If the touch glove takes off then bear in mind you'd then want to be close enough to touch it to activate controls. A 52 inch at 3 feet might be a bit much.

M_Gunz
01-03-2009, 05:36 PM
You could get 3 projection monitors and edge to edge the images maybe?