PS3 Downscales 1081i Sets To 480p

PS3 Downscales 1081i Sets To 480p

Older 1080i-only TV sets that do not support 720p will find themselves playing games such as Resistance: Fall of Man at the lower resolution 480p.

While the Xbox 360 will take a game rendered in 720p and convert it to 1080i for older HD televisions, the PS3 will take the same game in 720p and downscale it to 480p instead. This means that games without any built-in support for 1080i will give older high definition TV owners a standard TV resolution. IGN has tested Resistance: Fall of Man, NHL 2K7, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, and Need for Speed Carbon and found they all shifted down to 480p.

Sony has yet to make any public statements about the issue, fans remain hopeful that it might be resolved in a firmware update or future revisions of the console.

Source: IGN

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I actually think 480p is classified as EDTV, not SDTV, but that's just a nitpick.

I was tempted to make the distinction, but it's close enough for jazz in this case. The difference between SDTV and EDTV isn't anywhere near the leap from EDTV to HD. People with older HD sets are going to notice a clear difference and they aren't going to be happy about it.

I suppose that "standard TV resolution" doesn't necessarily imply "standard definition" anyway.

I definitely agree with your point. It seems particularly strange given that I believe the front end user interface of the PS3 can be displayed in 1080i -- why not games, then? Bizarre.

Ajar:
It seems particularly strange given that I believe the front end user interface of the PS3 can be displayed in 1080i -- why not games, then? Bizarre.

The issue is not that games can't be displayed in 1080i, its that games designed for 720p can't be upscaled by the console to 1080i for TV sets that don't accept a 720p signal.

Your point about the user interface doesn't really relate here because the user interface will have been designed to run at 1080p. I'll assume the oversight on sony's part was because they assumed that all their games would be programmed for 1080p (this may come true in the second generation of software) and so could be easily output at 1080i when required. Pretty costly oversight in my opinion, forcing a large majority of early adopters to play their launch games at much lower resolution than both their TV's and console are capable of. Especially after they will have already paid extra for the cables required to get high def.

this sucks i bought a sony crt hdtv with there super fine pitch tube cause i wanted the best picture quality i could get at the time, i new it didn't have 720p and found that to be exceptible cause it had 1080i and i figured that would be good enough for a few years until other hd techs were refined and made cheaper.

i can not agree paying upwards of a thousand dollars for a low quality 30 inch lcd, i don't think there picture quality is high enough yet.

id be upset if i were picking up a ps3 at launch, i imagine they will release an update to fix the issue maybe not i dont know if its hardware or software related if software it can be fixed if hardware then i would need a new hdtv which aint happening for a few more years until better stuff is out and more affordable.

frankly if this cant be fixed it i think would be a blow to sony why would i pay $600 for a high def game machine that will only output 480p on my hdtv?

i hope they fix this quick.

Sony: We take the cutting edge and ram it down your throat... Because we care.

thewanderer14:
Sony: We take the cutting edge and ram it down your throat... Because we care.

Lmfao classic man!

 

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