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Shintsu

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#1 11 years ago

I've always wondered, which of these two resoluitions is supposed to look better?




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#2 11 years ago

I honestly dont find the difference between 720 and 1080. So imo, id would just stick with 720. It's less of a hassle to set up with.




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#3 11 years ago

1080i is supposed to look better (because it's a higher resolution). Now, as Mecha stated, if you can't see the difference, there may not be much point in getting a 1080i device.




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#4 11 years ago

Higher resolution is better, but the fact is that which you get depends on what size TV you buy. If you want a 32" or less LCD TV, for example, you're not getting 1080i/1080p. If you want a 42" or higher LCD TV, then you will (or at least, all the ones I've seen do).

So it's largely irrelevant really, just depends on how much space and money you have.




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#5 11 years ago

Oh, because I just bought a 27" Westinghouse LCD and it can do both. When I set it to 1080i on 360 it seemed to have a bit more lines than 720p, but that might've just been me.




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#6 11 years ago

Do you mean the Westinghouse 27" LCD TV that says it supports 1080i when it's maximum display resolution is 1366x768? 1080i is standardised at 1920x1080. Bollocks can it do 1080i. 720p, yes, but not 1080i.

And that's where your problem is, because your 360 is outputting in 1080i and your TV is squashing it down to 720p.

Methinks just someone got burned by an in-store spec sheet. :rolleyes:




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#7 11 years ago

Well, I had a Toshiba a while back that said it would do both but it was a Glass tube, a 30" Widescreen. Also, I don't care that it won't do 1080i especially if 720p looks just as good. It's not like I can't tell the 360 to go to 720p mode. Something odd though, my 360 acts like it thinks this TV can do 1080p and I know it can't.




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#8 11 years ago

I have a Sony 32" Bravia TV on the Xbox 360. Is it actually doing anything with my 360 being set to 1080i, instead of 720?

Any improved quality at all?




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#9 11 years ago

Well as I said your 32" won't do 1080i. Since I don't have the same TV as you or a 360, the only way you can tell (and quite frankly I think this is common sense) is to give both a go and see if one looks better to you.

I would actually think that in your case the 720 mode will be better because it only needs to be upscaled a tiny bit from 1280x720 to 1366x768; whereas if it's in 1080i your TV has to squash it from 1920x1080 down to 1366x768. And resizing any bitmap image, whether it's up or down, results in quality loss. And the more it's resized the worse that gets.

So I'd say try it on 720 and see how it looks.




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#10 11 years ago

The only complaint I have with my set is the black levels in games like Splinter Cell. Is there anything you can do to make them seem any blacker, because it looks beautiful in color but when there's lots of black it looks a bit iffy.




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