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Seems as though bad Sony news comes around everyday, well this one is a little bit more serious IMO.

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/11/15/72...older-hd-sets/
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If you have a 1080i-capable television (that would be many older HD sets), you may be dismayed to learn that 720p PS3 titles will not upscale to fit the resolution. Instead, 720p titles will always be downsized to 480i or 480p.
At the bottom of the article they say IGN confirmed it and tested multiple titles and it scaled it down rather than up.

I figure this is a simple firmware update but nonetheless if you're in this situation you are basically getting a $600 PS2 until Sony gets a patch out

Original: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/746/746282p1.html
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I'm thinking about buying one and stripping out the Blu-Ray drive.
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It would still look far better than the PS2.

Resolution can cause some limits, but most of it is hype. If a game is made around 480i or 480p it can look good. Why? because they can go back and clean it up.
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It would still look far better than the PS2.

Resolution can cause some limits, but most of it is hype. If a game is made around 480i or 480p it can look good. Why? because they can go back and clean it up.
Have you played a game on 480p and then on 1080i?.....there's a startling difference and you'd be a lot pissed off. When you plan to pay any amount of money for anything especially nearly $700-$750 for a console and some games, you'd expect it would would upscale
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It would still look far better than the PS2.

Resolution can cause some limits, but most of it is hype. If a game is made around 480i or 480p it can look good. Why? because they can go back and clean it up.
True. I could live with 720p or 720i.
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I personally see a huge difference between 480 and 720 but barely any between 720 and 1080, I guess my eyes just arent good enough.
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I'm the same way Kamakazi. I think I notice the difference between 720 and 1080 more on things like sports than I do on games. 720p looks darn good to me. Regardless, it stinks that ps3 owners will not be getting what they thought. I don't understand why sony did this.

Are older 1080 capable sets not able to view 720p, and that's why its downscaling?
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My dad bought a 1080i HDTV just for NFL games, it was definitely worth it, the quality difference is insane between it and 480. But I can't really see a difference between the TV and my monitor that runs at 720p when playing my XBox 360.
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Are older 1080 capable sets not able to view 720p, and that's why its downscaling?
Pretty much, the early HDTV CRT and some Plasmas (some have said) only offered 1080i since most HD signals came in 1080i, not 720p. Recently (2 years ago or so) manufacturers put in 720i/p. So if you were an early HD adopter you probably only have a TV that has 480i/p and 1080i.

Most, if not all, newer HDTVs span the HD range 480i/p, 720i/p and 1080i
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post #10 of 14
In a way its better to downscale something then to upscale as your creating info then compressing all the info. However its a bad idea to scale all the way down to 480p.

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