If there's no hope for a solution via firmware, I'll be returning the television for a Sony. There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to adjust basic picture settings in Game Mode.
Hello to all,
I am a new owner of the LN46A650 & have a couple of questions/concerns regarding some of it's features.
First off, I'm a big gamer & found it awfully strange that there is no way to adjust the basic picture settings of Game Mode. I can understand if advanced features like AMP are not changeable, but the picture is WAY too sharp, over saturated, and bright in game mode & there should be a way to change at least the backlight, contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, & tint. All Sony sets let you do this in Game Mode, and even older Samsung models allow it. Why not with the LN46A650?
Secondly, as is widely known, the set suffers from some pretty bad gaming lag when not in Game Mode...which again comes to the majority of people not liking the way that mode looks - leaving them the option to use either HDMI2 in PC mode, or a VGA connection (but we'll just focus on HDMI for the simplicity of things) which allow for picture adjustment & at the same time reduce virtually ALL lag in gaming whatsoever. (Game mode still has some notifiable lag).
Now the problem with using HDMI2/PC Mode (and again, widely known) is that it only functions correctly when a 1080p signal is being sent to the television. If it is anything under, it automatically comes out of PC mode and the significance of lag free gaming with the option for picture adjustments is completely thrown out. Now one may ask why this would be an issue for gamers & I'll tell you why. The PS3 does not scale it's 720p titles to 1080p (and the majority of titles are 720p).
So basically, there are tons of PS3 gamers out there with the LN46A650 who wish to have lag free gaming, yet cannot stand the look of the televisions Game Mode due to the fact picture adjustments are not available. One of the 2nd options for them is to use HDMI2 in PC Mode but when a non 1080p game is played - the sets PC mode automatically shuts off - again leaving the only option is to revert back to the bad looking/non adjustable Game Mode.
A firmware revision could easily change these two things. Allow basic picture quality adjustments via Game Mode and/or allow HDMI2/PC Mode to function with a 720p signal.
There are MANY, MANY people wanting these two features & feel that with them, the LNxxA650 would be THE single best LCD of 2008.
What are the chances/possibilities of these fixes being included in a near future firmware update?
Thanks for reading my long post & I hope it made sense,