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Does PS3 output native 1080p

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February 16, 2012 11:28:22 PM

Just say im playing my PS3 and im playing a 1080p game will say like Fight Night Round 4 which says the game supports 1080p & im hooked to my 46'' Samsung 1080p LCD HD TV by an HDMi cable and my PS3 is set to 1080p would i be viewing Native 1080p with no upscaling..?
February 17, 2012 2:23:07 AM

If the game normally outputs 720p during gameplay but you set the PS3 to output 1080p, the resolution you experience will be upscaled.
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February 17, 2012 3:57:40 AM

Your right normally almost all games are 720p but there are a hand full of 1080p games i named one off plus i also have Full Auto 2 battlelines & Midnight Club LA now in the case of these three games wouldnt you say id be viewing 1080p with no scaling..Also i read about native 1080p i understand in order to watch in native 1080p the output has to be 1080p & recieved by a 1080p screen but also using a Hdmi cable of course...My problem is iv have had months of arguing with people on youtube them saying a Ps3 isnt capable of 1080p because the hardware is to outdated but if this is the case why do they have a 1080p setting on a Ps3 and why do they also make games with a 1080p support...
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February 17, 2012 4:36:08 AM

Whether or not the games actually generate 1080p or 720p output, the PS3 needs to be able to support 1080p TV's because most people have them these days. I's quite possible that they say, "supports 1080p" so that people know that they can play the game on their 1080p TV's.

The question isn't why would they, that part should be very obvious. The real question is whether those games that say they support 1080p are just using some upscale technology or generating 1080p frames. I see no good reason why they can't, but in order to do so, they'd have to sacrifice graphical quality in order to get good enough FPS.
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February 17, 2012 8:27:47 AM

Yeah it all depends on the game, cable and display used. Crappy cable will limit the quality of the displayed image. Display not supporting 1080p FHD will obviously limit resolution displayed.

Though, most games are run at 720p, and automatically upscaled to 1080p. You won't notice this as the PS3 automatically does this, but in digitally remastered games (such as God of War 1) you can see this as the older textures are upscaled to FHD.

Blu Ray's that run at 1080p run at TRUE 1080p though, from the start without being upscaled. And they look eye-poppingly good.

Yes, I'm new to PS3/Blu Ray and I'm just starting to really enjoy FHD movies! :) 
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February 17, 2012 10:45:18 AM

If you play games, and change the resolution from 720p to 1080p the performance lost will be very big, so most of playstation games are balanced to work at 720p, doing so if the users wants to go for 1080p there will be no hardware avaible to play that, or they would have to drop graphics even more what sometimes is not possible, so yes they just upscale the image.

you can see that a lot of games says on the box that runs at 1080p, but it is really 1080i that is interpolated, it is not true 1080p.

if you search on the web you can find lists of true 1080p games some of them like grand turismo are 1080p only on garage (lol) and in gaming it is upscaled.


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February 21, 2012 6:15:29 PM

ricardois said:

you can see that a lot of games says on the box that runs at 1080p, but it is really 1080i that is interpolated, it is not true 1080p.


That seems like false advertising. Though most people can't tell the difference between 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, they shouldn't lie about what you are purchasing.
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February 22, 2012 8:52:48 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
That seems like false advertising. Though most people can't tell the difference between 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, they shouldn't lie about what you are purchasing.


i don't think any people with normal vision is not able to see the definition changes from 720p to 1080p with a 1080p CONTENT of course...
If someone really can't, probably that people need glasses or what they are seeing is not really 1920x1080...
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February 22, 2012 4:14:02 PM

Actually, the "i" in 1080i stands for interlaced, not interpolated. Basically, interlacing takes 2 fields of a frame at 1920×540 and weaves them together, whereas the "p" (progressive scan) draws all of the 1080 lines in sequence.

Also, it is said that the human eye can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p at a normal sitting distance on screens smaller than 42". It really depends on how close you sit, and the size of your screen.
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February 23, 2012 5:54:54 AM

I can quite visibly see the difference between 720p and 1080p, to be honest. Gaming on a Samsung 23" LED it's pretty much incredibly evident, specially when upscaling isn't done very well.

And anyone who claims that they can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p on a TV (even 32") needs to have their eyes checked. It makes the difference between a fine hair being seen where it is and a brown blotch where it's supposed to be.
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February 23, 2012 10:47:17 AM

yes, the difference is more than noticable, if you aren't seeing it, something is wrong with your system or with your eyes lol...

the resolution is normally related to the screen size, if you are using 720p on a big screen the quality will be terrible.
if you are using 720p on a 20" screen as native resolution it will be ok, but if you go for higher screen size 720p is ***, now with 42" screen 1080p will not be so good if you look closelly, 1080p for more than 27" starts to get bad unless you aren't close from the display;
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February 24, 2012 12:57:51 AM

Sorry but i have to disagree..Last month i bought a new 46'' Samsung 240 hz 1080p with game mode and every feature you can think of to improve picture quality plus i know a cheap Hdmi cable is just as good as anything else but i bought a 6ft cable for a $120 bucks from Monster cable which is all gold plated and i like playing the PS3 boxing game fight night round 4 because i always have friend over and we have tournements and man the quality of the picture is almost like Blu Ray its so sharp so i have to disagree with what your saying and there 8 of my friends that will back me up..Plus fight night 4 states its a 1080p game
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February 24, 2012 12:59:54 AM

There are 2 things there that would make a difference; 1) you state the game claims to be 1080p, so duh, it's 1080p. 2) The 720p games upscale, so the end image is 1080p, only it's an up scaled version, which is still better than raw 720p.
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February 24, 2012 4:46:54 AM

douglasw said:
i know a cheap Hdmi cable is just as good as anything else but i bought a 6ft cable for a $120 bucks from Monster cable which is all gold plated



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March 2, 2012 10:07:27 PM

You shouldnt act like a like kid and respect Tom's Hardware this isnt youtube lil boy
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March 2, 2012 10:08:12 PM

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