Wouldn't you love to play video games on a 160-foot screen?

Comedian Conan O'Brien players Madden NFL 25, Flower, and Need for Speed: Rivals on a 72' x 160' screen at AT&T Stadium.

Have you ever dreamed of playing video games on a massive screen? That dream came true for comedian Conan O'Brien, who got to play games like Madden NFL 25, Flower, and Need for Speed: Rivals on AT&T Stadium's 72' x 160' screen this week for his Clueless Gamer segment.

As you can see in the video, O'Brien had to sit hundreds of feet away from the screen to be able to play. He even takes a minute to crack a joke about thatgamecompany's Flower, saying, "There's no way these guys weren't high when they invented this."

The stadium's screen weighs 600 tons and is suspended 90 feet above the playing field. It is considered one of the largest screens in the world.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys and it served as the venue for this week's NCAA Men's College Basketball National Championship on Monday evening.

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56 comments
sepir
sepir

I'm quite fine with my 24" monitor thank you. That is also pretty much the max size I would go to as I like playing games at my computer desk, and it is also the max size for comfort at the distance I sit. .

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

Madden? Whatever, imagine if he played the uncensored version of Manhunt 2 or something.

deadpen
deadpen

Could you imagine him on live/play? The mute option couldn't block his voice (and dumb jokes) enough.

trfe
trfe

Where are all the articles about if he was playing in 1080p or 900p? Isn't that what everyone wants to know? No?

DrKill09
DrKill09

God damn Conan isn't funny.  People are laughing at NOTHING.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I can't believe he NEVER played Madden.  Wow.


I grew up on the Genesis games, but lost interest around 2001 when it became too much of a sim.

deadpen
deadpen

@DrKill09  Well hell he has never seen Street Fighter. I don't know what this ginger did as a kid but going outside couldn't have been part of his childhood. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

No, because at that size even 1080p would look jaggy as hell.


I'm JUST FINE with my 60" DLP tv.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

I have the HMZ-T1; its pretty much the same as playing like this.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

I used to play on a screen over 50 inches, but I realized over time that I preferred to take the 24 inch out of my parents room and use that instead. But it all depends on what type of game you are playing. Sports games are better on larger screens, shooters are better on smaller screens IMO. This is strictly speaking about console games and today's standards of TV sizes.

Daian
Daian

@xtremeflem2day  Pretty much what I wanted to say, action games are hard to play on large screens, hard to keep up with what's going on. Sports are kinda the only ones at home on huge screens, maybe racers too. 


Essentially games where the camera angle moves around a lot can be really exhausting on large screens.

xcollector
xcollector

@Daian I agree. Playing FPS on the 50" TV strains my eyes quickly. My 24" Monitor is more comfortable.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I'd imagine it's quite underwhelming.

deadpen
deadpen

@Sl4cka  70 inch seems a little much but I guess if you could sit 50 yards away from this it would be..... too much for my eyes to scan. For that fact wouldn't sitting 3 feet from 20 inches be the same as this?!?!

ganonshin
ganonshin

I play on a epson 1080p 120" screen from about 5 feet away, it amazing!! People think that resolution at that size would look horrible. Well it doesnt it looks great, no jaggies etc.

blackace
blackace

Hilarious!! Conan sucks so bad at games. He had many, many game shown on his show over the past years, you would think he would be at least good at one of these games. lol!! I'd love to play Titanfall or Witcher 3 on that screen.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

I have an 108" screen with a projector, the ratio is much bigger compared to the video, on the other hand, It would still be a cool experience, what they didn't talk about was the sound system.  I wonder how loud they could get it & if there would be an echo or not.

tom2750
tom2750

the only reason the game doesn't look terrible is because of how far they are sitting back right 1080p on a screen that big being closer would look terrible wouldn't it?

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@tom2750 depends on the resolution & what they could transmit to it from the PS4.

thugnastyjesus
thugnastyjesus

I'd be impressed if you could get a kill on cod or battlefield using that display

Tech-head
Tech-head

How many hundreds of feet of cable would you need to run from the console to that screen to be able to play?

Dat input lag...

deadpen
deadpen

@Tigerbite2 @Tech-head  Tech...I get it, Tiger....then there would be even worse input lag. Press up 3 min in advance to jump. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Erm not really since you'd have to sit about 100 feet from it to see it properly and that would be the same as having a small TV nearer to you.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

I wouldn't mind playing Mass Effect 2 on that kind of screen...

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

I could see a sports game being pretty great on such a large screen, but honestly I prefer something in the range of 24-32'' for more sharpness in most cases.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

yeah, but i would avoid madden.

now Dark Souls 2 is a different matter

C-THREE
C-THREE

it's too hard to track everything on a screen that big. I use to think bigger would be better but playing a first person shooter on a 42 or 50 inch tv is challenging.

tom2750
tom2750

@C-THREE  it depends how close you sit i sit pretty close so 32 inch is fine for me but at a further distance 32inch would be hard to play on because the screen would be to small

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@C-THREE there is a ratio you need to have for distance from the viewing area. 

haze0986
haze0986

@C-THREE  i have a 50 inch and sit 6 feet away, bf4 is great and i can see everything , maybe move back a tad

mattcake
mattcake

Just sit closer to whatever TV you already have.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

I've dreamed of doing that since the first time I saw a Jumbotron.  If you can afford a TV in the 65" range it's a pretty good substitute.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Comedian Conan O'Brien players Madden NFL 25" Oh, he players games on a screen. I want to player games on a screen too (but not Madden, because it maddens me)!!!!

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

No, I would not. I play on a 52in now. Some times its too big. Some times I play on a 42 in and I play better when I do and I play worse on anything smaller than a 40in.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@spartanx169x Sounds like your dealing with a response time difference, which is most likely more of the issue then the screen size.  Not all TVs display the information that is outputed from a device @ the same speed.  A cheap TV can have a very slight lag that lowers your response time just enough.  On the other hand, I've seen $2000 fancy TVs that had a lower response time then the  mid range TVs.  Its a factor you need to know about when buying a screen for gaming.  Then again, sitting 2 feet from a 50" isn't going to improve your games.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@drwhoiscool @spartanx169x  I'm sure that is true in some cases. But for me, I think for me its more of what I can see and what I can't. With  the 52, some games that have a lot going on .its too spread apart to see it all going  on. With the 42 in I can see "The big picture" MY peripheral  vision is better. Imagine trying to play COD or BF on a 160ft tv trying to keep up with every little movement on the screen.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@Mrod1212 All I kept thinking was how does he get to work?  I certainly hope he doesn't drive himself.

matthewkenealy
matthewkenealy

I would. But I am quite content with my 32" Sony LCD TV. It is a great screen for PC, Xbox or Wii games.