Microsoft: Sony's 1080p Support on PS3 is all Hype
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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