Reports are flooding in that PlayStation 3 is unable to
upscale its video output, leaving many with older HDTV's, including those from
Sony, out in the cold of standard definition.
Early word came in from the NeoGAF forums, where
users with 1080i TV sets tried to run Resistance: Fall of Man, only to find that
the game would force a switch down to 480p. The reason behind this is that
Resistance runs at a native 720p resolution. If the game is played on a
television that does not support 720p, which applies to many older HDTV models,
then instead of upscaling to 1080i to retain its HD status, it downscales to
480p, losing much graphical fidelity.
"Sony and Insomniac, I am very, very dissapointed.
Resistance will not output in 1080i. It's either 720p, or a 480p blur fest. What
a pain in the ass it's going to be to change the screen resolution in the XMB
everytime I want to play. Not to mention having to deal with the bad quality
resulting from my CRT HDTV's crappy upscaling algorithms," wrote
forum member Vincey37.
When attempting to run Resistance on a TV set not running
in 720p, the following message is displayed:
"The maximum display resolution is currently set to 1080i. For highest
image quality 720p is recommended. To change this setting, you must exit the
application and change your Video Output Settings from the Display Settings
option in the Settings menu. Press the START button to continue"
from a supposed Insomniac developer read, "This isn't our fault guys - we were
set to support it," without going into further details.
So the situation right now is that anyone with an HDTV that's capable of only
480i, 480p, and 1080i will be unable to play games such as Resistance, NHL
2K7, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 and Need for Speed Carbon at anything
higher than 480p.
Upscaling is currently found in many HDMI DVD players that convert 480p
images to 720p or 1080i, producing slightly improved picture quality. the Xbox
360 also upscales its games (albeit with analog component output instead of
HDMI), which nearly all are developed to run at 720p, to 1080i for those who are
unable to run at the native resolution.
Sony has yet to comment on reports
of this discovery, and it is unknown whether or not this apparent oversight can
be addressed via system updates.