HDTV? Game On!

It’s a recurring theme of mine that I have not visited in a while, but an announcement from Sharp yesterday brought it to the fore once again. The topic is “Video Gaming and HDTVs“. I have long-contended that many of the young adults with gaming consoles have the discretionary income and the inclination to trick out their systems with killer displays. Well, it appears that the display manufacturers agree with my analysis, as they have been bringing out products aimed specifically at the gamers.

The latest is the Sharp LC-32GP3U, a 1080p resolution Aquos LCD HDTV. It is available in three models that vary only by the color of their case. You can choose traditional black, the trendy white, or a new dark “wine red” which I have to say sounds pretty appealing. It has a swivel stand and bottom speakers for a compact size. It supports 1080p24 signals, has three HDMI 1.3 connectors, and can connect to the VGA port on a personal computer. The display is rated at 6 ms response time.

But the key feature for gamers is a “Vyper Drive” feature that is designed to eliminate the lag time, presumably by reducing the amount of video processing that is performed. (Since the image from the game console is synthesized, you shouldn’t need to do any video processing on the signal anyway.)

This is certainly not the first HDTV with reduced lag features aimed at gamers, but the fact that Sharp sees enough marketing advantage in the feature to bring out a model that highlights the benefit for gamers indicates to me that the console owners are a force to be reckoned with in the broader HDTV market.