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X-Box and HDTV

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Mike X, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Mike X

    Mike X Stunt Coordinator

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    I am an XBox owner shopping for my first HDTV. What functions/features do I want on the TV to get the most out of HD videogaming? Does the Box output in 480, 720p or 1080i?
     
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    Joel Mack Cinematographer

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  3. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    I saw on another site a list of "If I had only know this first (before buying my HDTV)" and they mentioned that 720p is important for gamers.

    So I ran down to Magnolia and sure enough, many of the current models dont even accept 720p.

    But when did 720P become the next-big-thing for gamers? Most of my XBox games only support 480. Is there a system that standardized on 720 or is this just hedging the bets for the future?
     
  4. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

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    I think it's just a case of there being many more games that output 720p, relatively speaking, than 1080i (which I think is limited to Dragon's Lair). Sure, there aren't many 720p games, but there is a non-trivial amount.
     
  5. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    Wonder how good the downconversion is from 720p to 1080i...

    And yeah, most every set right now doesn't support 720p natively, it downconverts it.

    Of course you could always buy a front projector (those new-gen DLPs look yummy!). [​IMG]
     
  6. Brian-W

    Brian-W Screenwriter

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  7. Mike X

    Mike X Stunt Coordinator

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    so...perhaps this is a question for the Display forum, but are there any RPTV's that are capable of both 720p and 1080i?
     
  8. JoanPablo_T

    JoanPablo_T Stunt Coordinator

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    So I have a question! [​IMG]

    If the game is 720p, and the HDTV is only 1080i. And the XBox dasboard is set to 720p no and 1080i yes-what does the XBox output?

    480p or is it converted to 1080i?

    I am guessing 480p, but the majority of developers must know that most displays don't do 720p, why make games like that then?

    jp
     
  9. Allen_Appel

    Allen_Appel Second Unit

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    I think the conversion is dependent on your TV. If it can upconvert to 1080i it will, otherwise it would just display the 480p. 480p is native for the vast majority of Xbox games (The Thing, Hitman 2 and Kung-Fu Chaos are 480i exceptions), but 480i and 480p are always offered, and 720p is just another setting for some games (THPS4 is one), offered for those who have it available (it's probably easier to program than 1080i).
     
  10. JoanPablo_T

    JoanPablo_T Stunt Coordinator

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    Allen,
    that sounds correct, the only issue is, the dashboard is set to 720P-NO. So the XBox won't send out 720P. And in my scenerio, the TV will not even display it, no conversion. I will simply get a blank screen. Thanks for reply though! [​IMG]

    JP
     

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