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Sony announces no 1080p resolution for 3D games on PS3; will leave strictly in 720p.

According to Joystiq , PlayStation 3 games in 3D will have their HD resolution capped. While demonstrating the newest version of the system at the Develop Conference,  Sony representative Simon Benson announced that games that run at 1080p resolution will be downscaled in 3D mode -- per eye -- to 720p.  

Speaking to
Joystiq, Benson stated that although the PS3 has the capability of displaying a 1080p image, a  resolution higher than 720p has been restricted because Sony contends that a higher frame rate would impact the quality of viewing.  

Blu-ray movies will retain the 1080p resolution.  Blu-rays run at 24 frames per second, but games run at 60 frames per second -- upping the resolution for games would compromise the smoothness of the frames.  While a "more cinematic game" could be equipped to handle the 1080p resolution at the cost of frames, Sony's current guidelines won't allow users to change settings, Benson said.

A true 1080p image consists of 2M individual pixels, about twice the amount shown in a 720p image. Benson added that even trained computer graphic artist could barely tell the difference between resolutions.

On the Newbies Inc. website, Benson indicated that  that online gamers with a 3D TV may have a competitive advantage over those playing on HD sets.

"It all depends on the gamers to be honest. Initially we were slightly concerned about this because we were thinking, what if it makes it twice as easy or something like that."

He also stated that 3D can have the effect of making games more accessible for inexperienced players.

"I think what’s basically going to happen is that anyone who has stereoscopic 3D televisions and, for example, is playing a driving game, I would imagine you’re likely to find that the accessibility level is higher, that people would generally perform better on their first go. But I think at the high end with the hardcore gamers you’ll still see a [3D] advantage there, potentially, but the margins will be far smaller."



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RE: What's not being said
By jnemesh on 7/19/2010 3:03:41 PM , Rating: 0
Dont speak of what you dont know! I have a 1080p 3D ready Panasonic set up with the PS3 and you cant really see the difference in 3D. 720p 3D is (IMHO) a superior experience to 1080p 2D.


RE: What's not being said
By jbizzler on 7/19/10, Rating: 0
RE: What's not being said
By SSDMaster on 7/19/2010 3:47:50 PM , Rating: 1
I agree 720P with a higher frame rate than 1080P in 3D would be better... Your telling me being able to discern between 1080P and 720P is something I don't "know"?

I don't get it.


RE: What's not being said
By Xaussie on 7/19/2010 4:00:50 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone with enough training can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p but the differences are slight. I am a trained graphic artist and professional photographer and to me the differences are very subtle. Stuttering framerates on the other hand are very annoying and seriously affect my ability to play certain games.

I for one will happily take 720p if the frame rate is smooth. Ratchet and Clank is one of the best looking games out there (stunning on my 52" Samsung) and it's only 720p.


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