Post by dougwellox on Nov 16, 2006 10:47:22 GMT -5
PS3 Downscales 720p on Incapable TVs
If your TV doesn't support a specific resolution, expect to go low-res. by Jeremy Dunham
November 15, 2006 - As final PlayStation 3 units continue to trickle into more and more hands, additional details about how the system works and what it can and can't do are hitting the web. The latest (rather major) tidbit is how the console treats the upscaling and downscaling of 720p titles on televisions that don't support that resolution -- specifically those that are only 1080i capable.
As it turns out, gamers who own older HD sets that feature only 480i, 480p, and 1080i resolution input capabilities will have to settle for the display quality being downsized as the game boots in its 480p mode rather than upscaling the image from its more desirable 720p mode to the TV's 1080i. We tested this development on older HDTV sets with games designed for 720p but not 1080i -- Resistance: Fall of Man, NHL 2K7, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, and Need for Speed Carbon. Sure enough, the system downshifted all four titles to 480p rather than moving up to 1080i.
The PlayStation 3's competitor, Microsoft's Xbox 360, does upscale 720p games to 1080i if the HD set supports the latter resolution but not the in-between and commonly-employed 720p resolution.
IGN contacted Sony representatives for comment regarding this feature, but SCEA spokespeople have yet to return our phone calls as we went to press (we'll update this story when they do). It is not known yet if this is purely a software issue or a deeper technical problem and whether or not this lack of upscaling might be resolved on launch PS3 systems in future updates of the hardware via downloadable firmware patches.
For the laymen, 720p is a high-definition format that offers a complete 720-pixel line frame on the screen at 24 to 60 frames per second (progressive), while the 1080i signal is presented as two 540-pixel fields that when displayed back to back look like a complete image (interlaced). The difference being that a 720p picture offers quicker refresh rates while 1080i offers more detail with stationary imagery. The maximum resolution of the PlayStation 3 (and currently the maximum for available HDTV sets) is 1080p. It is thus capable of displaying all major standard-definition and high-definition video outputs wherever HD standards are employed (in PS3 games and Blu-Ray Movies, most commonly), but as has already been reported about PS1/PS2 games and DVD playback, it does not currently upscale any lower resolution images to higher image standards.
I stopped by my K-Mart down the street, they are getting in a whopping two units. They also said nobody is allowed to camp outside their store. I also called my Sams Club, they are getting in a whole three of them. I will probably just go to K-Mart at like midnight and wait outside. If they have people come tell me to leave, I'll just go right next door and wait in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot since they are open 24 hours.
hey guys my bro works at wal mart a he and another guy went outside wen they got there was 50 peeple outside and tehy got there shippment and they opend it up they were 6 of the in hter they were sonna get 20 and idk if this is for all stores or not
Post by DZ: WF Legacy on Nov 16, 2006 15:21:00 GMT -5
I'm boycotting my local Walmart. They told me just the other day that I had to wait in line until 11PM, then they distribute the tickets and sell the system at midnight. The first 10 people after that get a raincheck for one. I just called, and it turns out that they sold tickets at noon today, so I'm ed. Up yours, Walmart.
I'm going on an adventure to look for retailers right now. I have no problem waiting so long as I'm sure to get one.
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The people at my Wal-Mart had to camp outside this year, after the 360 debacle last year, and today we had 8 hours of straight downpours with 20mph winds. I lmao'd, I can't lie.
Waiting out for a system, and then paying like 660 for it (for a game too)...seems a little much. im just not seeing whats so great about the ps3, is there some big hit game for it? What games are out now?
Post by Kenny Powers on Nov 16, 2006 21:27:17 GMT -5
I am not waiting in line because when the 360 came out a month later my target had a bunch of them and thats probably going to happen to the ps3 also I want to wait to see if the first shippment is messed up like some of the xbox 360's were.
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Post by GreatJunta36 on Nov 16, 2006 23:13:29 GMT -5
I took a little tour of town earlier today. I passed 3 Best Buys and there's easily 30+ people out there (but looking at consolecamp.com it looks like Best Buy might have 30 to sell!), Circuit City had a good 4 tents, the 3 Wal-Marts in my area had about 10-15 people waiting in the gardening section (lol) and Target had 3 or 4 tents. If I didn't have to work tomorrow I'd totally go to Wal-Mart just to see how people react when they break those bitches out at midnight