I used to use a projector. It was awesome having a ~120" screen (though only 720p). It sucked having to always use it in a dark room (or wait till night) to watch movies or play games though.
- When I play games that need full screen, like a 2-D game, I sit back further. Age of Empires 2 in 4K is like... insanely impossible to use the small buttons and the viewing area... you NEED to be able to see the entire screen at once.
- But for a 3-D game, where you can increase the FOV, I crank it to around 120 (the max) in Chivalry. The screen "wraps" around your vision and just feels like you're surrounded by a screen.
I've done the same thing with my older 40" 1080p screen for games. It was fun but the low DPI could get really bad because too close and you really saw the "shutter effect" of black lines inbetween the pixels.
4K has really shown me how important DPI independent GUI's are going to be as we move forward. So I really want to have my future games work on a, say, 20" 1080p, 23" 4K (double DPI), and 55" 4K screen (same DPI as the first, but twice the viewing area).
Also, Windows 7 is REALLY showing it's age because it has very basic (at best) DPI-scaling support.
I wanted a 4K for:
- Movies. (100% satistfied.)
- More desktop space. (It's been a mixed bag / adaption.) I may go back to two 1080p for my daily work and put the TV in the family room and just use it for 3-D games when I want to.
- Text reading. (Mixed or to worse. Harder to read text at an angle, especially in Win7 with no good DPI scaling.)
- Games. (Mixed bag. 3-D with FOV look amazing. 2-D can look amazing or horrible depending on how well the graphics and GUI's scale.)
- Game development. (I want to play with / learn if there's any real creativity advantage for my future games using that 4K.)
My TV was "supposed" to also have HDR support. You'd think paying $800 for a TV would give you "top of the line" but apparently it only has "HDR Premium" which is another word for "No HDR at all, enjoy your 8-bit depth panel."
Like I said before, the only reason I could dream of buying this was a completely unexpected bonus. I was going to put back $50-100 each month to save for a TV but I expected to be waiting a long time. Otherwise, my money goes to bills bills bills...
Oh, also! I never had this problem before but YOU NEED a high DPI mouse. If you go from 1080p to 4K, your mouse moves HALF as fast across the screen (same pixels as before). But here's the thing! If you INCREASE your mouse speed? You start SKIPPING PIXELS. So you lose tons of accuracy in windows. And in GAMES? My friend came over to try Chivalry out. It was almost IMPOSSIBLE to make a crossbow shot because if you moved the mouse, you would be too far left (then you move right) and you completely pass their head and you're looking at their other shoulder. So decrease mouse sensitivity, right? Nope. Now you can't turn around for crap and you feel super sluggish. So I ended up having to use swords and "Guesstimating" where my attack should start from. Swinging attacks were easy-ish, but point thrusts were almost impossible to land.
I ended up buying a $30 (Man, they've become cheap!!!) "Gaming Mouse". Forever, I've been using some crap (almost unbranded) Dell 2-button mouse since all my 5-button Microsoft Intellimouse mice were broken (cables dying or buttons dying). I'm still trying to get used to this silly mouse with 8+ buttons and "adjust DPI" buttons. But it's getting more natural.
People would probably be just as fine to buy the $13 (one lower) model: