PlayStationlive writes "It's emerged that just over 35% of gamers play in HD, 5% of people have HD Tv's, but dont bother getting a HDMI Cable either because they can't be bothered or are confused with the HD System."
The author said: "If you want to use HD with your favourite tv programs, you may have to wait another year or two for your favorite channels to be shown in HD." What is the HD status in England (I think that's what the guy is talking about?). I was sure they already had all the recent (3 years old or less) tv show in HD already!??? Is there any other European countries who are not getting recent tv shows in HD?
Sky are the only ones that provide HD for a long time now others are getting it. But I won't pay Rupert Murdoch anything and wait for it to appear on a different compay over in Ireland.
Anyone with an HDtv and a next gen console playing without hdmi, is either misinformed or just plain stupid.
Or just owns a crappy hdtv.... I used to be one of those people, but now couldnt be happier with my 52a650
There's nothing on TV I want to watch anyway. Its bad enough I have to pay a TV licence for having a TV just so I can watch DVDs/BluRays and play PS3 games. The only things I seem to watch these days is the news and old reruns on Dave.
I'm pretty sure he is talking about US. Some channels aren't in HD yet. I believe Cartoon Network isn't HD but that channel sucks balls now anyway with all that crap cartoons intoxicating our young kids minds these days. Needs more DBZ and action cartoons so young dudes could learn to kick ass. Before I derail off topic, to me, HD is worth the money because I hadn't purchased a new TV since 1997 before I got my HDTV in 2007 so I was pretty much gaming on a very crappy TV that was very blurry and hard to read letters.
No stupid is when people spout about stuff they don't know or need to read up on. HDMI is no way shape or form superior of component cable's, i am not going to sit here and say all this stuff or copy and paste when you can just google and read.
HD in the UK is still taking off, there still isn't a lot of content tbh. Free HD channels are few are far between, there's only BBC HD and ITV HD, both of which don't broadcast all day, ITV shows films and sports in HD and thats about it, the BBC shows a bit more but the channel doesn't broadcast 'til after 7pm. If you pay for Sky, you get a much wider range of channels in HD, 3 or 4 movie channels, roughly the same number of sports channels and a number of documentary channels. You also get Sky1 HD (but most of their shows are just upscaled to 720p) and Channel 4 HD, but again, it's mainly upscaled. It'll be a few years yet I'd say before HD takes off in the UK, I'd say it'll coincide with Freeview HD's launch, as Freesat HD hasn't taken the UK by storm yet.
Correction to 1.6's rant: It really depends on the equipments that you're running the HDMI or component cables you're running from and to. For me, HDMI is the preferred route as everything has to run through my amp and it just helps me in dealing with just 1 cable per equipment. In essence, if you've got a lousy HDTV to begin with, it wouldn't matter which cable you run your source to.
You don't need a TV license if you only use your TV to play dvd's/BR's and games (uk).
been wondering when these articles were going to pop up again. The ones evaluating wether or not to go hd and the sorts. I can say that I play my games in either 720p or 1080i and they look great. I watch a few BR movies but mostly upscaled dvd's because I have way to many to rebuy on HD. The costs are going down and the quality is going up. 240hz screens are coming out (if not already) which is pushing the 120hz ones down in price which is also pushing the 60hz ones down even further. I use a plasma (42" samsung) and can see a difference when switching from a regular cable channel to the digital version (not hd). So much clearer and colorful. Yes....HD is worth the money!
Just Like Everthing Else Were Still Playing Catch Up I Went To US 2 Years Ago & They Already Had Free HD Channels & 100meg Broadband Please Don't Write Stupid Replys Like At Least Were Ahead Of Romania (no offence) Because Thats Not A Achievement.
your brain fails you/ your tv is not 1080p capable
I play my 360 using a vga cable because it provides a much sharper picture without any overscan and image clipping, 720p panels are usually 1366 x 768 and 720p is only 1280 x 720 so when it upscales not only do you have an image that is a lower rez you also miss bits at the side and top and bottom so its actually more like 700p, yes 1080 is better though HDMI but i don't think 720p is.
Here's something that always bothered me about my PS3: why does it not come with HD cables? How can it claim itself to be a Blu-Ray player if it isn't even HD-ready out of the box? So many people don't even realize that the PS3 is capable of so much more than what it does, all because Sony forces you to buy that capability separately. Even if it's cheap to buy (like $15), people still aren't informed enough to know. I can't count how many non-technically inclined friends I've met that have a PS3, have an HDTV, and don't even realize that they're not playing it to its fullest extent. I mean hell, the 360 comes with component cables in the $300 version, and it doesn't even use Blu-Ray. So what gives, Sony?
Lol, so true gamesmaster.
If Anyone Hows Looking For HDMI Cable Get A Gold Plated One Because Its The Best Conductor But Just Because Its Gold It Shouldn't Be Too Expensive Between £20-£60. The Best Place Is The Internet Because Shops Are Normally Much More Expensive. A Stiff Cable Aswell Because More Bends Means Loss Of Quality Also Most Cable Are Not That Well Bulit Your Damage The Theads Inside If You Bend It To Much. I Wouldn't Go Crazy Because Its Quiet Hard To Tell Difference Between £30 or £100 (On The PS3)
Winner: HDMI I watch on a 52" Aquos and the difference between HDMI and Component was never more clear to me than when I changed my Dish Network output to HDMI. Dish has a crawling logo on the screen when it's turned off and with component, that logo, which is the word DISH in red lettering, was very blocky and compressed. Then I switched to HDMI - and the blocks were gone. The logo is now pure, smooth, clean red. Add to this the ability to transfer uncompressed audio and you've got a wonder cable. As for the quality of HDMI cables, I've gone through several, from super expensive to $30 Rocketfish. Bottom line: HDMI is so good, unless you're running your signal beyond 10 feet, the type of HDMI cable doesn't really matter. At 3-6 feet, there's not enough distance for any noticeable signal loss.
Yes, yes it is.
but in my country where all TV channels including the paid ones are still in analog/SD which makes my HDTV not giving the quality of picture like it should be! the only thing my TV is doing at its best right now is playing PS3 games, as PC monitor and for me to watch BD movies and downloaded HD media off torrents! I heard that the transition to digital broadcasting here in Malaysia will take place in 2012 and that's a further 3 years away!!
Worth every penny.
The moment I knew I Needed an HDTV, was the first time I saw a NFL game in HD at Best Buy.
How many people here even know anybody with a PS3/360 playing on a SD TV? I mean really... I know one. Obviously, he's a 360 user. Go figure. But i mean seriously - whats the purpose of a current-gen console if you're playing on a Standard Definition TV?
Yeah just like 3 young guys i know that they own a PS3 but play them on 480p lol its on both sides punk. lol Now that's what i call a waste of money. lol Anyway 2 of them said they are getting a HDTV this xmas.
I know 4 guys who play on an SDTV with PS3 and 2 chicks that play on an SDTV with a PS3. I also know 1 guy who plays on an SDTV with a 360 and his sister plays her 360 on an SDTV. I know 4 guys who play Wii's on an HDTV in the living room. That's about it.
I normally play on a 42" SDTV, but I take my PS3 over to my neighbors a bunch (He has an HDTV). Oh and my SDTV has 7.1 surround, so it's kind of a choice: amazing sound, or amazing video.
I know, one guy, he has a PS3 AND A 360 both hooked up to his SDTV. I used to be one myself i had my Ps3 on an SDTV for almost a year till i could buy an HDTV.
Playing in HD is the best thing to happen in this generation of console gaming. So would I say it's worth every penny? Hell f**king yes. Even my sound system is HD and I love it. Never again would I game on an SDTV.
believe its worth it. Problem is, there are far more people with next gen consoles who DO NOT have HDTVs than there are people who do have HDTVs. This is why you cant put to much faith in bluray alone saving PS3, if the majority of buyers don't even have HDTVs yet, then what do they need with bluray?
Enough of this "Ps3 needs saving" talk. No console in this generation is currently in need of saving.
As it becomes the norm people will fall in line, they dont really see a diff a lot of them from Component to HDMI unless the movie really takes afvantage of it , which a lot really dont.
As long as I can afford it, I'll never go back to standard definition.
OR...unless the wife kicks me off the HD to watch her soap operas. Can't fight that.
HD is definitely worth the money. Now that I have experienced HD I can't go back to SD.
That was one weak ass article. But yes, HD is worth every penny you spend on it.
Yes it was, and yes it is.
I use HDTV (bravia v4100 40") for my 360, ps3 and computer. I still use sdtv for my wii which I haven't touched it for a while though.
Hells yeah HD is amazing!! But that was a terrible comparison lol terminator 2? It almost looked identical.
Ofcourse, games in 1080p :) its a big difference between HD and SD ;)
It is deffinetly worth it for me. My last Tv was a 10 year old piece of garbage. If the text in a game was white, it would all blur together. Now i have a 32" Sony Bravia and gaming is much more enjoyable.
Fvck yeah it is! ever since i converted to HD ive never even THOUGHT of looking back... i threw all my regular dvd's out the door and bought them on blu-ray.. i wouldnt even let my family have them as i dont want them to suffer such a tragic thing. And component cables can kiss my hairy Ass cuz ive seen a good amount of difference to NOT want to even go here.. my friendo had component cables from ps3 to HDTV 1080P samsung and wen he finally snatch himself an HDMI cable,the difference was freakin AWESOME! unless you have an HDTV rear projection tv,then the difference is extreamly minimal if at all.. i had one and the difference sucked butt. oh and as far as me and my friends and a sh!t load of oher ppl i know,we all have ps3's playing on badass sammy HDTV's (im a sammy fan). and almost (i said ALMOST) all the peeps i know with 360's have a standerd-def TV with the 360 just laying around like a VHS player. PLAY BEYOND,WATCH BEYOND!
Ok, if you're gaming in SD then you aren't playing next gen games. Next GEN = HD. SD is a blurry freaking mess compared to crisp 1080P graphics and anyone that disagrees is a halfwit inbreed who doesn't know any better.
You don't need HD to experience the boost of onscreen enemies, explosions, and physics.
Only someone too cheap to buy an HDTV, or someone fooled into buying a 1080i "HDTV" would ask such a stupid question.
Then yes. If you don't, you are most likely to old and/or un-tech savvy to care. My mum still watches VHS and doesn't care about Bluray in the least.
I play my ps3 on a 24 inch SDTV and my games,dvds,blu rays and all look good in my opinion.I can read all the text just fine too.I've seen ps3 in hd and yes it does look amazing but lets be honest hdtvs are still expensive and I myself cant shell out 700 for a tv right now.I rather pay my $400 car note and buy more games & movies until hdtvs go down in price.
You watch Bluerays on a SDTV?! o.0?! WHY?! Bluray = DVD on a SDTV
It's to the point where I can't play games anymore if they're NOT in high def. I play on a Sony Bravia KDL-40V4100 LCD @ 1080p over HDMI (PS3) and Componenet (older Xbox 360). My cable box is HD as well and TV shows and sports look AWESOME compared to crappy 480i. Yes, it's worth every penny and soon I will get an LG 50PS80 50" Plasma to replace my Bravia. I think only "ultra" HD or 3D HD could outdo what we have now.
I have a Bravia 40w4000e and i will never go back to SD. The problem is that there is too few games in native 1080p, which makes 1080p quite useless unless you watch BluRays. It's my case so yes, it was really worth it, even if it cost my ass skin, but if you want a HD TV only for gaming, then you should consider a 720p TV and not 1080p. In France, too few channels are available in 1080p but i hope it will tend to grow. But watch out, with a HD TV, you may be much more sensible to aliasing and you may see aliasing everywhere.
It's pretty funny how some people actually think there is no difference. Then they will finally get a HDTV and rant and rave about how much better it is. Freakin Posers.
Yes. Trust me, that Sony Trinitron I had was horrible. :|
HD is worth every penny.
1080p high def but and 60 gb ps3 at launch and saving for bluray home theatre now yes it is worth it if you got the money
HD is 100% worth it I have ben watching SD T.V. for 24 years now when I got my HDTV and the HD channels I could see the picture perfectly clearly now, putting a DVD in making more sense in 720p or upscaling it to 1080p,just watch it in blu-ray your see a big difference.
seem like the idiot chose the 20".
Yes its worth it. I have a 55 inch Mitsubishi, a PS3 with a Blockbuster Movie Pass, so I see all the new movies on Blu Ray in true HD 1080P. Dont bother with 720P, go all the way. I also have a 360 but its been collecting dust since I finished Gears Of War 2.
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