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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 integr8d on 7/19/2010 4:16:05 PM , Rating: 2
"Considering how powerful the Cell is..." In relation to this discussion, do you have metrics?

720p will be fine in 3D. The 3D effect tricks the mind into seeing resolution, where it is not. Your brain 'fills in the blanks' so to speak.

Add to that, most TVs don't render motion at 1080p. The Panasonic, like another poster mentioned, is one of the few exceptions. But that TV (I'm currently using one on a large budget 3D feature) suffers from horrible white balance issues in 3D. The TV overcompensates for the color shift in the glasses. So I've had to yank the handles all over the place to get it even remotely close to a REC 709 white point. Also, it seems to throw out half of its color depth in 3D. Possibly having to split it up for each eye. All in all, while not a digital cinema projector, it's not bad.

But back to the PS3. Most people won't notice the lower resolution. The material I'm viewing is 1080p, side-by-side (960x1080 left eye, 960x180 right eye). It's not at all objectionable. On a still frame, you COULD nit pick. But the brain compensates so easily. And while watching a moving 3D image, it's a complete wash.

Best not to get caught up in marketing terms. They'll do anything to 'sell you'.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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