How to Build a Gamer’s Room
Today’s gamers realize their physical surroundings help them become more immersed in the game environment and look beyond just a fast PC to gain a competitive edge. Multiple screens, curved screens or large screens with stunning imagery and super-fast refresh rates, draw them into the action. Backlit displays add drama and subtle room lighting. Quality sound systems coupled with acoustical treatments delve the gamer into the realm while specialized seating reduces fatigue, adding to the experience.
Of course, the essentials begin with a powerful PC or Gaming Console couple with a robust network, but it’s the entire environment that puts them in the middle of the action.
The Visual Experience
Gaming consoles like the PS4 (PRO) or XBOX generally only support 1 single monitor with the newer versions supporting 4K gaming. A single large display with a high refresh rate and 4K capabilities, such as Sony’s 85” 900 Series, will provide a great gaming experience. If 3D gaming is in use, be sure the display supports the 3D technology. Our AV Systems Specialists can help you navigate the specifications to determine the options.
Unlike gaming consoles, PC-based consoles can be outfitted with multiple video cards supporting multiple monitors. This generally requires video software such as “Eyefinity” or “Surround” that works with specific video cards to give the player the full screen across all displays. Not all gaming PC’s support multiple screens but can be outfitted the same way as the gaming consoles using a larger single display.
The Immersive Audio Experience
Audio is essential to the overall gaming experience. To avoid distraction, many gamers use high quality headphones while others prefer a more traditional audio system like those found in home theaters and media rooms. Most games today provide full multichannel surround sound which add even more to the immersive experience. Of course, robust subwoofers enhance the experience providing realism and feel, something that can not be duplicated with headphones or tv speakers.
The Fourth Dimension
Seating is also important. A gaming chair provides a comfortable place to sit for hours at a time, without feeling tired. These chairs also provide lumbar support and, in some cases, can be integrated with seat vibrators that add a 4D feel to the game.
Another critical factor is lighting. Many gamers prefer to use backlight behind the displays to reduce eyestrain and softer indirect lighting around the room to eliminate any glare on the screens. Completely dark rooms or overly lighted spaces are generally not preferred as they increase eye fatigue.
As with a Home Theater or Media Room, overly reverberant acoustics are distracting and reduce intelligibility. For this reason, as well as for the isolation of the room’s noise into surrounding areas, acoustical treatments and sound proofing are essential to the space. The “quieter” a room is, the more the game audio can be heard, further enhancing the experience. As a home theater design professional, we provide this level of acoustic design and sound management expertise to our custom theaters and can guide today’s serious gamer through the process. Investing in this space offers added benefits however as the room, with its exceptional audio, video, lighting and acoustic features, can easily transition into an exceptional and immersive Home Theater/Media experience.
So, is it game on? From simple to sophisticated, we can help create the perfect gaming room for you!