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Why Doex Xbox 360 Settings Ask For Your Resolution?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Ken Burkstrum, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. Ken Burkstrum

    Ken Burkstrum Stunt Coordinator

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    The Screen Resolution options for 360 is 640x480, 848x480, 1024x768, 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x1024, 1360x768.

    some games have 1080i, but there are no 1920x1080 options. If 360 can display the games in all those resolutions, why does it bother with the HDTV 720p and 1080i logo? Since it's a game and not a movie, I assume it's not just taking a 720p source and scaling it accordingly, but I can't be certain about anything.

    I play on a 16:10 1920x1200 screen, so deciding between 1280x1024 and 1360x768 is alittle confusing. With 1260x768 it wont let me request a format, it's locked in widescreen. With 1280x1024 I can choose normal or widescreen, but I'm not sure which I'm better off doing.
     
  2. Seth=L

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    Eventually Microsoft is going to offer an upgrade of the HD-DVD drive (probably the same time the PS3 is released). The drive will play HD-DVD's that support 1080p resolution as well as games on HD-DVDROM that will also likely be 1080p.
    This is Microsoft's only chance of running against the PS3 unless of coarse if the PS3 flops, but that is unlikely. So that's why the option. They want to be sure they are compatible for any television or monitor you might happen to be using.

    hope all this helps,

    Seth=L
     
  3. Ken Burkstrum

    Ken Burkstrum Stunt Coordinator

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    Heh, not sure that explained anything Seth.

    A question I forgot to ask is, what is up with some of those choices? 1280x1024 for instance.

    Why can't it just send the highest res signal and let the TV do it's scaling thing.

    So in short, why are there resolution options and why are some of those resolution options so weird?


    Is there a technical reason the games now aren't 1080p or are they just trying to sell something. Apparently the Dual Layer DVDs 360 uses now handles 1080i just fine, I'd imagine it's a bitrate problem and I wasn't aware 1080p required that much more if any more to display a good picture.
     
  4. Seth=L

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    Oh well I guess I really don't know, I am sorry I really screwed up my first reply.

    Seth=L
     
  5. Josh Haugo

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    Seth, you are quite misinformed when it comes to the 360. While MS is planning on releasing a HD-DVD add on this holiday season, it is not know what it will use to output the signal. Nothing has been confirmed about a HDMI connection. Also, it WILL NOT be used for gaming in any way. No games will play on it and there won't be any HD-DVD versions of games. Furthermore, just putting it on a HD-DVD won't change the resolution of a game. The 360 could have 1080p games on a DVD if the devs wanted to, but it would be basically useless with only component outputs. And to the OP, most games are native 720p and scaled to all the other resolutions including 1080i. There are a few games that are native 1080i, but they are few and far between.
     
  6. Brian_Pete

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    I'm glad that developers would rather concentrate on making games with better textures, frame rates, etc. rather than making it display at 1080i/p. Most 1080p TVs can scale 720p just fine.


    How so? Plenty of people are enjoying 1080i HDDVD over component.
     

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