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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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By Marlonsm on 7/19/2010 3:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
First, they say the resolution is restricted because a higher frame rate would impact negatively the quality of viewing.(Makes lots of sense!!! Not)

Then, they say that 720p and 1080p are just too close to tell the difference.(Well, 1080p is just twice the number of pixels, that's not a big difference, is that?)

And finally, they say that games with 3D could have an advantage.(Not completely wrong, but if they want gamers to have equal conditions, don't allow the PS3 to be used in different screens.)

Sony, just be honest and say that your hardware can't handle that.

RE: Excuses...
By afkrotch on 7/19/2010 9:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
Not seeing how it doesn't make sense. To get higher frame rates, the quality will needs to be dropped. Yes, it's due to hardware limitations, but it doesn't make it a false statement.

You can't see the difference between 1080p and 720p when it's concerning movies. With a game, there is a difference, if the game makes use of the difference. If it's a 720p game upscaled, wtf is the difference? If you get a higher degree of POV with 1080p over 720p, then yes, there is a massive difference.

RE: Excuses...
By SlyNine on 7/20/2010 2:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I CAN tell the difference between 720p and 1080p in movies. If you cannot, get a better screen or pay more attention. Or maybe that's a personal limitation others are not bound to.

Im not sure noticing the difference between 720p and 1080p in 3d would be as easy honestly. As each eye is getting 2 different references the brain would have more to deal with and more information to make a complete vision of the scene. Since you/it(:your brain) doesn't have one 2d image to worry about it might be less noticeable as you have more information making up for it, After all the brain doesn't care about what it can't see, that's why you never notice your blind spot.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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