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Is 1080p necessary?

From Cnet: "I've written a couple of columns about 1080p in the last couple of years (in March and October of 2005, to be precise), but now that the term is being bandied about quite freely in the consumer press with the arrival of next-generation DVD, it seems only appropriate to revisit the topic as more folks consider spending that 20 percent premium or so to step up a 1080p HDTV this holiday season. In case you haven't heard, 1080p displays, with their 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolutions, are theoretically capable of delivering the smoothest, sharpest picture.

In the past, I've given a more complete rundown of the pros and cons of 1080p, what it is, and how it fits into the grander scheme of HD resolutions. Senior Editor David Katzmaier's "HDTV resolutions explained" is also an excellent resource for getting a handle on the whole 1080p vs. 1080i vs. 720p debate.
But for this column, I'm going to go real-world on you and step into our A/V lab, where Mr. Katzmaier and I have set up five flat-panel HDTVs with native resolutions ranging from 1,024x768 (the Philips 42PF9631D 42-inch plasma) to 1,366x768 (the Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch plasma) to 1,920x1,080 (the Westinghouse LVM-47w1 47-inch LCD, the Sharp LC-46D62U 46-inch LCD, and the JVC LT-40FN97 40-inch LCD). We've hooked up the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player running the latest firmware and are using a Gefen HDMI Distribution Amplifier to pump out images to all five TVs at the same time. Then we pop in Mission: Impossible III, one of the best-looking Blu-ray movies we've seen to date. Our mission: see what differences we can discern in the picture quality at various resolutions."

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Sphinx3821d ago

I appreciate the un-biased look at the lack of difference between 1080i and 1080p.

Marty83703821d ago

Yes 1080p is necessary,it's called progression.

drewdrakes3820d ago

Reason your an idiot: Its not progression its progressive.

zypher3821d ago

why is this even worth commenting about? it's not like 1080p is bad. that the PS3 offers it natively is just an added bonus.

calderra3820d ago

Gotta toss it in: So does 360. And HDMI cables will probably be out before year's end. And since the PS3 isn't shipping with HDMI cables either, that means both boxes have the exact same 1080p capability out of the box.

power of Green 3821d ago

But it isn't gods gift to man either. Sure isn't worth bashing other console over; well is it!.

zypher3821d ago

when have you ever read me bash the 360 over the lack of native 1080p?

TheMART3821d ago

Urm, the 360 has native 1080p

Even better: it's the first console out there doing 1080p. Sony are copycats ;)

power of Green 3821d ago

Not true about on the 360 native thing, but im sorry i didn't say you bashed the 360. Although using that 1080p native thoery does imply at a wise crack on the 360.

TheXgamerLive3821d ago (Edited 3821d ago )

Most TV's don't do it yet and in fact most person's TV's barely do 480P so no. There's other area's that could of benefited the gaming audience instead of waisting time and money on this.

1080P in games will be bigger in say 3 years but most aren't going running to buy a first release TV with unproven 1080P yet. Most will be quite happy if they can have 720P. Everyone';s sweet sopt. Yes, even sony's.

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