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Why do games look so good on a big tv and worse on a monitor?

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I was at my friends house and he hooked up his gaming pc to his big plasma tv to play bf4 and it looked amazing. The resolution was 720p but you wouldn't be able to notice. 720p on a monitor would looks awful in bf4 but this was totally different. You couldn't notice the loss in frames as much and the graphic fidelity looked higher. Why does this happen?
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Your eyes are much closer to your monitor than your TV, therefor making it easier to see detail, for better or worse.

It also entirely depends on the specific TV/monitor you are comparing.
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Your eyes are much closer to your monitor than your TV, therefor making it easier to see detail, for better or worse.

It also entirely depends on the specific TV/monitor you are comparing.
pretty much. This is why i don't understand they hyper around 4K...
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It may have looked higher, but 720p is 720p, it's still a very low resolution.

The TV is probably upscaling that 720p up to 1080p if he is using HDMI, some HDTVs do that sometimes.

But it's still stretched 720p, and it's not better than a high resolution no matter what.

Another thing is probably plasma itself, it tends to have better contrast than IPS monitors, so this is what you meant by.
     
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Originally Posted by End3R View Post

Your eyes are much closer to your monitor than your TV, therefor making it easier to see detail, for better or worse.

It also entirely depends on the specific TV/monitor you are comparing.

I have a 42" panasonic Viera and I notice games look better on it too. But yeah I think the distance plays a good part
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Plasma tv's don't have the same blur that LCD or LED monitors have as well.

I often wondered if there would ever be Plasma technology based gaming monitors but it never seemed like it caught on.

Plasma's also render blacks and shadows better than LED's as well.
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I noticed the same thing on my 50" 720p Samsung plasma. the low resolution sped things up and the vibrance helped. I couldn't take it after a while though since I picked up a worse habit of playing in front of a mediocre 40" 1080p I hung from my game room ceiling so it sits right on the arms of my easy chair. The 50" was just too small across the room. I kind of wish I had some restraint before I started that "in your face" gaming. I've spoiled myself and it will probably be bad for my eyes. 4k would be good for that, but i'd hate myself every time I banged into the screen trying to struggle my way out.
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post #8 of 8
you sit further away on a tv. Once you get closer you will notice the lack of sharpness, lack of anti aliasing, etc. But at a distance, the image can't be scrutinized. this is why consoles can pull it off so well
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