How to Optimize Your Projector Settings for Gaming?


Optimize Your Projector Settings: What characteristics make a good gaming projector? Input lag is at the top, especially if you play online games. When you push the gaming controller, you want to see the result on the screen as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some gaming projectors have so bad lag that you can perceive it. A good gaming projector will have a little lag because zero lag is impossible, but it will not be enough to impact your game negatively.

Frame rate is another feature that you would consider. When you play games as show on CryptoBetting or even fast-paced games on a projector that does not have a fast frame rate, the image becomes blurry. It’s not nice to look at, and it’s not something you want in a game where every fraction of a second counts.

Finally, you want to look at luminosity. Projectors perform the best in a dark room reflected off of high-quality screens. Most people do not have the luxury of using their projector in a completely dark room, so they need a high-luminosity projector. If you are gaming in a room with a lot of ambient light, you will want a projector with a minimum of 2500 lm.

How to Optimize Your Projector Settings for Gaming

Finding a projector that meets the requirements of a gaming projector can be a challenge. However, some excellent guides are out there, including this one showing you the difference between short throw vs. regular gaming projectors, which won’t break the bank by buying new bulbs.

Once you have found the right projector, you must set it up to give you the best experience. The following are some tips that may help.

Determining the Proper Distance from the Screen

One of the first things we need to consider is the distance your projector will be from the screen. The throw ratio of the projector will determine this. A projector short throw can be closer to the screen while producing an optimal-size image. A long throw projector may need to be situated farther back.

When you look at the owner’s manual of your projector, you will see a number that looks like 1.15:1. In this scenario; these numbers would indicate that for every meter of width your picture has, your projector needs to be 1.5 m back. If you want your image to be 2 m wide, the projector must be 2.5 m back, and so on.

Determining the Proper Distance from the Screen
Determining the Proper Distance from the Screen

We feel that getting a projector screen is essential to getting the most out of your projector. Sure, you can project onto a blank wall, but your gaming will have sharper images and more vibrant colors if you use a proper screen. Putting a solid black frame around the screen will also improve contrast levels.

Finding the Right Position for Your Gaming Projector

Ideally, your projector would be level with the middle of the screen. This will minimize the distortion you see while gaming. If you can rest the projector on a flat surface, this will help with leveling the image.

right position for projector
The right position for projector

Use the zoom features to fit the picture to the screen. If you cannot position your projector level with the screen and it ends up being too high or too low, you may end up with an image that takes on a trapezoid appearance.

The keystone settings in your gaming projector stretch out the entire picture horizontally or vertically based on the need. This can be fixed with the keystone corrections. However, you should note that using the keystone setting will affect the quality of the end image. It’s better to position your projector correctly from the get-go to avoid possible image distortion.

Improving the Gaming Focus

Once you have the projector in the correct position, you can adjust focus. The best way to do this is to have your projector project words. Maybe you can put a Blu-ray disc into your gaming system and pause the screen on the credits.

Have a friend stand by the projector as you make the adjustments. As they look at the pixels in the letters, you can slowly adjust the focus back and forth until you see if the pixels are blurry.

Some projectors will allow you to adjust the sharpness by incremental values. Don’t overdo this setting; it could leave you with overly edgy images, which is your gameplay.

Properly Adjusting Image Settings

When you purchase your projector, it will have the factory default settings. Start with the standard or cinema presets to get an idea of what your projector will be like out of the box. From there, you can start to tweak settings.

You may want to find a game with a simulated fluffy cloud background. Then turn the contrast up. Little by little, bring the difference back down until you start to see the details of the clouds as opposed to just a blob of white. 

To adjust the brightness, find an image that is supposed to be black. For example, you might find a space scene with stars in the background. Or you might find a picture of a man in a black suit. Adjust the brightness slider and make the image as dark as possible without losing the details.

adjusting image settings
Adjusting Image Settings

If you selected an image of space, the blackness of space should be dark, but you should still be able to distinguish the stars. Or with the man in the black suit, the suit should be black, but you should always be able to determine the folds and creases of the case. If the details of the image get lost, you have adjusted the brightness too far and will need to lighten up the image to the point where these details become apparent. 

Most projectors will come with the option of an eco-mode. This is great if you want the projector’s fan to be quiet. But it is going to have an impact on your image and gameplay. Most gamers disable the eco-mode because it affects their ability to get the most out of their gameplay. 


Once your gaming projector is set up how you want it, you must get a suitable sound system. Your projector will likely come with speakers, but they are probably no good. If you spend the time to set up your projector and screen, you should invest in dedicated 5.1 speakers. 

Are there any tweaks and setting changes you use when setting up a new gaming projector? If so, tell us about them in the comments section below. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.