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The war of words continues

It's not uncommon for companies to downplay features that its products don't have in comparison to its competitors. Companies will usually talk about how customers won't likely use the feature or how it's not cost-effective to implement such features at a certain price point. Microsoft has been on the defensive with its XBOX 360 for quite some time. The company has defended its lack of a built-in next generation DVD drive, it has downplayed the importance of HDMI with next generation games and now it is saying that 1080p doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Andre Vrignaud, Microsoft's Director of Technical Strategy for XBOX Live says that 1080p is mostly hype with the PlayStation 3. He goes on to say that 99% of the PS3 games released will be rendered at 720p while the only ones with 1080x native support will be arcade ports or games that sacrifice in-game effects. Here's a snippet from Vrignaud's Ozymandias Blog:

The PS3 has roughly the same pixel-pushing capabilities as the Xbox 360. Don't need to take my word for it, it'll be obvious soon enough over the next year. Even if this wasn't the case, consider we now live in a multi-platform development world, and that the current sweet spot developers are targeting is 720p due to the extremely similar system specifications. Simply put, a developer who is planning to release their game for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 will aim for a common attainable ground. In fact, I'll stick my neck out and predict that that you won't see any 1080"x" games for the PS3 this year.

Vrignaud goes on to cite Home Theater Magazine's Geoffrey Morrison as validation for his criticisms of 1080p on today's consoles. Since Vrgnaud notes that 99% of PS3 games will render at 720p, that leaves the argument for 1080p with movies. "In this case, the only difference between 1080i and 1080p is where the de-interlacing is done. If you send 1080i, the TV de-interlaces it to 1080p. If you send your TV the 1080p signal, the player is de-interlacing the signal. As long as your TV is de-interlacing the 1080i correctly, then there is no difference," said Morrison.



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Good to know
By PitbulI on 8/16/2006 2:12:55 PM , Rating: 1
This is good to know for those who are on the fence and thought next gen would look different on either system. I feel the movie playback will look great on a 1080p TV but we have already been told that the first BluRay movies won't even be on 1080p if I'm correct.

However, this won't sway people that want the PS3 already. It's just stating that the games will look quite similar.

I feel that with the graphics chip the XBox 360 is using, a few more unique graphics will be seen on the 360 but the PS3 should have some nice things on it as well. The selling point on the PS3 is the BluRay player. Now all they need to do is win the format war and I'll go get me a PS3. As for now I'm happy with my XBox 360.




RE: Good to know
By therealnickdanger on 8/16/2006 2:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
Say it with me now:
All HD-DVD and Blu-Ray films are encoded in 1080p24. The differences lie in the players and televisions. Currently, Blu-Ray movies are encoded in 1080p24 MPEG2 on single-layer discs, which has led to quite an uproar in the HT crowd due to the poor picture quality compared to the current HD-DVDs, which are encoded in 1080p24 using VC-1 and H.264 codecs on single and dual-layer discs.

The players and the HDTVs they are connected to determine whether you see 1080i or 1080p content on the screen.

So far, I've read a great many discouraging things regarding the PS3. Dropping exclusives, losing developers, high development costs, poor Cell performance, high price, alongside the dismal showings of Blu-Ray so far and their lackluster E3 showing. OTOH, Xbox360 is pretty awesome so far, I have to say. I borrowed a friend's for a weekend and played lots of games on it. Even on my old EDTV plasma, everything was remarkably better looking than anything from last generation.

I don't really care much since my PC can play "2560p". LOL


RE: Good to know
By andrep74 on 8/21/2006 1:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
You mean "1600p"? I don't know of any monitor that can do <something>x2560.


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