These could be the best projectors for Xbox Series X and PC gaming

Optoma Uhd 35 Lifestyle
Optoma Uhd 35 Lifestyle (Image credit: Optoma)

What you need to know

  • Optoma announced two new home projectors built for gaming.
  • The Optoma UHD35 and UHD38 support a refresh rate of 240Hz at 1080p resolution.
  • The projectors also support HDR10 and HLG.

Optoma recently announced two new projectors built for gaming, the UHD35, and the UHD38 (via Digital Trends). The projectors support up to 4K resolution, HDR10, and HLG. What makes them stand out, however, are their surprisingly low refresh rates, at least for projectors. Each monitor can reach a refresh rate of 240Hz at a resolution of 1080p. Even if you bump up to a 4K resolution, you'll still be able to get a 60Hz response time.

With those specs, the new monitors are viable options for people with an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, as long as they understand the limitations of projectors. These won't match a dedicated gaming monitor or TV in terms of speed, but they're better than competing projectors in terms of speed.

Both projectors have an enhanced gaming mode that reduces input lag down to as low as 4.2ms. That's slower than the input lag of the best PC gaming monitors, but is surprisingly good for a projector. It's also faster than the best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X & Series S.

The main difference between the two projectors is how bright they can be. The UHD35 can reach 3,600 lumens, while the UHD38 can reach 4,000 lumens. The bulbs should last up to 15,000 hours, so you should be able to get plenty of gaming in before having to replace one. Both of the projectors should get bright enough to be viewable during the day, though that depends on how much light is in your viewing area.

Both projectors support HDR10 and HLG. They can also both project an image size of 300 inches.

The monitors have two HDMI 2.0 ports, so you can keep a TV and a gaming console connected or have two consoles ready to play on the big screen.

Sean Endicott
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2 Comments
  • You should check your sources. 4.2 ms is faster than EVERY 120 Hz TV out there.
  • I'm running the Optoma UHD50X with my Series X and have been blown away by the brightness and quality. though It maxes at 60hz in 4K mode.