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PS3 Scales 1080i To 480p On HDTVs 125 125

Dr. Eggman writes "According to an article from IGN, PS3 owners are finding that 1080i-only HDTV sets are scaling down launch games to 480p. The scale-down occurs because the launch games do not support 1080i, however they should be scaling down to an HD resolution of 720 instead of 480p. It is unknown if this is a technical or software issue and if it can be patched soon." ABC news is reporting that a patch which should be available to PS3 owners soon will correct the backward compatibility issues we discussed the other day.
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PS3 Scales 1080i To 480p On HDTVs

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  • Patches for consoles (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Cy Sperling (960158) on Thursday November 16, 2006 @03:18PM (#16873580)
    What do consumers do about patches if they have no internet? At least with PC gaming, you can download a patch somewhere else, burn it to a disc, and run the patch later. Will consoles allow updates via some sort of hard copy install?
  • Out of curiosity (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, 2006 @03:21PM (#16873660)
    Could someone arrange a survey of what percentage of people can describe the difference between 1080i, 480p and television? I can't.

  • by kinglink (195330) on Thursday November 16, 2006 @03:34PM (#16873954)
    All three consoles appear to allow patches, none of them have said they won't allow it (I assume Nintendo isn't going to go the extent the other two are). But this is a horrible thought. Forget QA, forget everything else, we're just screwing people over because if they get a game early they are screwed, we don't even need to finish the game because we can always patch in more later? Patches should add information, not fix bugs that shouldn't have gotten out of the shop. Patches are good but not if every game needs a patch out of the box.

    We also have Microtransactions from all sides. EA is selling us cheat codes over the marketplace for money, People are selling tutorials? I thought Micropayments were going to save us? Not make us feel like tools.

    Then assume patches and micropayments are OK (They arn't). What happens 10 years from now, you find a unused Console start it up and put in your game, xbox live is probably not going to be serving the data so you can't get the updates? What happens if you don't have an internet connection? You can't get the fixes. So we are bending people to our will even more now? (first HD and now almost necessary internet)

    All this just makes me, a gamer, feel like Next Gen is just a pile of crap that is just out there to bring the computer to a console. I applaud Nintendo but even there they are doing parts of this stuff to an extent.
  • Wheeeeee! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, 2006 @03:39PM (#16874040)
    To sum up : buy PS3, hook up to HDTV, play in 480p. (some games, some TV)
    Sweet...for half the price I can get the same resolution on a Wii. Maybe Nintendo was smarter than I thought by avoiding this whole HD debacle.

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