Playstation 3 1.30 Update attempts to fix resolution problem

If you’re one of the few (lucky) people who managed to get a first generation Playstation 3, then you’ll probably be happy to hear that Sony has sort of fixed a problem that many users have been complaining about, the almost non-existing support for 1080p.

the system has given a higher priority to 1080i signals so, if available, the console will default to 1080i over 720p. This means that if your HDTV supports 720p, and a game’s native resolution (like Resistance: Fall of Man) is 720p, it should display fine in that resolution. If the native resolution is 1080p (NBA07, the XMB interface, Blu-ray movies) and your set supports 1080i and 720p, the console will automatically default to 1080i due to the higher preference, regardless of what your preference is. If you disable the 1080i output so everything will play in your preferred 720p, your Blu-ray movies will drop down to 480p.

Although this is a bit unrelated, I’m happy that Nintendo chose to keep the traditional screen resolution for the Wii. All these worries about higher resolutions are driving me sick. These sort of things simply shouldn’t happen, things should just work well from the start, not from 10th firmware update onwards.

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