Point Blank Simulator can be run using a TV screen or projector.
Generally most people have a TV at home that will work with Point Blank Simulator, but TV’s vary a lot in screen reflection, quality and back lighting. All these things affect how accurate PBS’s shot detection will work.
If you are using a TV and find the shots get thrown randomly to a different part of the screen, you may need to stop the IR laser refracting on the glass on the TV.
You can buy an IR electro static filter that attaches to the screen, and helps the camera detect the actual IR shot, thus giving you a much more accurate experience. This add-on for your TV is not needed by everyone, it’s all down to the make, model and quality of the TV you have.
The electrostatic filter can be left on the TV screen for normal TV or console operation etc, so wont affect your viewing pleasure when not using PBS.
Another issue we have found between TV models is the amount of laser light the TV screen absorbs. Some models we have tested work with visible red and green lasers, also invisible IR laser. But some models absorb the laser light too much, that our shot detection software cannot see the dot. You can barely see it with your naked eye too.
So our recommendation is that our system is designed for a projector, but if it works on your TV, then you will have an awesome virtual range in your living room. But we cannot guarantee it will work with your TV model.
Minimum TV Specs:
- 50″ LCD HD screen
- No backlight / switchable
Recommended TV Specs:
- 55″+ LED 4K HDR
- No backlight / switchable / OLED
Projectors vary a lot in quality and output. So as a general rule for advice before buying, is to go for the best you can afford.
The specs we recommend are 16:9 ratio 1080p with at least 4000-4500 lumens. But if you have a 1080p / 4K projector with 6000 lumens, you will more than likely have better results.
During our testing, we have had good results even down to sub £100 projectors that are 1080p with 4500 lumens, projected to 150″.
The minimum recommended projection area is around 77″ and can go all the way up to 200″, projector quality allowing. The thing you have to remember is the larger your projected image, the further back the PBS USB 2.0 camera has to be. The camera has to be able to see the whole projected image to work.
Ambient lighting can affect the results of your simulator. Light bleed from daylight or in house lighting may throw some strange results. Our recommendation is to control the lighting in your environment the best you can, so bright days to night-time will not change your experience on the simulator.