The SSU esports team had the good fortune of great new hardware for it’s first season as a NACE varsity team. Competitions included Smite, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Hearthstone. According to Travis Lynn Professor of Game Engineering, Shawnee Game Conference Chair, and Esports Assistant Coach, the ViewSonic displays made a big impact.
“Several schools and more than 700 participants and spectators attended our 16th annual Shawnee Game Conference in November 2018,” said Lynn. “It was a big hit. Several schools also came to participate in our Rocket League LAN. At that event all players used the ViewSonic monitors. Everyone loved them.”
The ViewSonic XG2530 gaming monitors have set a new standard that’s hard to live without. The high hertz and low input lag make a massive difference with fast games like Rocket League and Overwatch, said Lynn, where reaction time is critical.
“We sent one home with a Rocket League Captain for a month or so, that way he could test it out. He had a 60Hz monitor at home and it was difficult for him to get good practices in,” said Lynn. “You could tell he enjoyed using it, as he was hoping to keep it longer when I said he had to bring it back.”
The program’s highly-ranked Overwatch Assistant Coach, Drew “Eskimo” Brown, is similarly pining for a ViewSonic XG2530. With only twelve to go around among 60 players, team members hustle to be early to practices to claim one.
"Being able to play at 240hz feels incredibly smooth,” said Erik Pleli "Glordren" the SSU League of Legends Captain. “And it’s great to have that in a more compact monitor as opposed to a massive monitor."
During the day, students use the low-input lag monitors for developing 3D game graphics, programming, and benchmarking games, said Lynn. As for the ViewSonic PX706HD short throw gaming projector, its given a boost to players and spectators alike
“Mounted TVs aren’t that spectator-friendly,” said Lynn. “The projector is perfect for showcasing what our players can do. And it’s great that we can use it for front or rear projection. It was perfect at the conference. Representatives from Twitch and other game companies used it in the auditorium to showcase game footage, videos, and slides.”
Even when projecting at a large scale, images are always crisp and detailed, with accurate color and no washout. Lynn added. And lag was never a problem.
In fact, the high quality of the projector caught the attention of community members at the conference.
“Our theater director suggested renting it out, as he knows community events would be interested, like the museums, the performing arts center, and the like” said Lynn. “We’re thinking of renting it out to raise funds for the players’ travel expenses.”
In a premiere varsity season that holds great promise for SSU, the ViewSonic PX706HD short throw gaming projector and ViewSonic XG2530 gaming monitors are clearly part of the winning equation for the SSU esports program.
As the Shawnee Rocket League Captain who had to return the ViewSonic XG2530 loaner sums it up:
These monitors set a new standard for me. Doubt I'll be going back to a 60hz in the future.
- Christopher Noah Boggs "Dysphoria".