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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 FormulaRedline on 7/19/2010 3:24:13 PM , Rating: 5
Considering how powerful the Cell is

The PS3 is four years old. The technology inside of it is probably closer to six. When is the last time you saw a gaming computer running with 256MB of RAM or a high end GPU with 256MB of memory? Those are the specs of a PS3. It's not a question of cable bandwidth, the machine just can't process or store that much information for a modern game with high polygon models and decent textures.

Asking it to run in stereo is asking for twice the graphics output. If it reduces back to 720p, then it gets over half the pixels back, making up for the difference.

And yes, I completely agree with the other posters that anyone that can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080 needs to be relegated to SD tube televisions and a Wii.

RE: What's not being said
By SSDMaster on 7/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: What's not being said
By SPOOFE on 7/19/2010 4:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
His comments seemed to focus on RAM. Can you say, "bottleneck"?

RE: What's not being said
By SlyNine on 7/20/2010 3:09:14 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, Theoretical Gflops, what happens when you apply real world code that is useful to a GAME. That performance drops below that of my CPU. My Core I7 would wipe the floor with the Cell in most apps we use today and for what it doesn't, my 5870 would continue the ass whopping in the rest.

RE: What's not being said
By gamerk2 on 7/19/2010 3:46:43 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind, the actual image doesn't need to be repeated twice, just the output. The problem is more a limitation of HDMI then anything else; HDMI does NOT have the bandwith for 1080p @ 120Hz

RE: What's not being said
By SSDMaster on 7/19/2010 3:55:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it does! They already have it...

RE: What's not being said
By Phoque on 7/19/2010 5:23:52 PM , Rating: 1
And yes, I completely agree with the other posters that anyone that can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080 needs to be relegated to SD tube televisions and a Wii.

And I think you are an asshole, because you could'nt make the difference yourself. The difference between 1080 and 720 is only 2X.

The difference between SD and 720 is more like 3X, so you can easily discern it.

The main reason people are shocked at HD quality VS analog TV is that analog TV broadcast is 330x485 ( 6X factor compared to 720 !!! ).

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