As a Christmas followup to my September PC upgrade, I bought a Samsung 24″ 1080p LCD monitor. I’d been watching the sale adds for a while waiting for the price to drop, and Best Buy made me an offer I couldn’t refuse about two weeks before Christmas.
It has been really great having a full 1080p screen for PC games, but it has been even better to be able to move my Xbox 360 from the living room to my office.
See my office is my space, but the living room is shared with my toddler son and my non-gamer wife, so I don’t get much living room to play. Unfortunately by the time everyone goes to sleep and I can use the Xbox, I’m deep in a PC game of some type, so my Xbox sits mostly gathering dust until there’s a new release out (like Batman) out that I’m obsessing over (like Batman).
This has actually become part of my decision process for buying multi-platform games. It used to be I would buy Xbox over PC because my PC just couldn’t handle most of the more recent games. After upgrading this September, though that’s no longer an issue. After that, the decision was based on how much time I thought I would spend in the game and whether I thought I’d play it online with XBL friends. Usually I would steer to PC if I could since I had more flexability for playing times. I’m sure I could’ve hooked the Xbox up to my old 19″ Dell, but when I’m looking at a 51″ rear projection TV, 19″ is just too much shrinkage. The Samsung seems just right given the shorter distance from the screen, and it is 1080p so there’s been no issues with graphics or fonts.
Some side benefits of the upgrade:
- moving the Xbox to the office has gotten it out of reach of my son’s curious hands
- my wife is happy to have a few less electronics and wires in the living room