Sony admits problem, promises fix to PS3 upscaling issue

By Justin Mann on November 21, 2006, 5:40 PM
For those of you lucky enough to own both an HDTV as well as a PS3, you may have been plagued by the upscaling issue that causes titles running natively at 720p to be downscaled to 480p. Recently, Sony has admitted the problem exists, and has stated that a fix is on the way. The problem affects only certain types of older HD displays:

A small number of older High Definition television sets found in the United States only have 1080i inputs for HD signals. Those televisions will currently only play some PS3 titles at 480p resolution. PS3 games render images at either 720p or 1080p for High Definition and you need 720p input on the TV to play select games that do not support 1080p. This is an issue on the side of the individual television sets, which do not accept 720p input, so when a game outputs an HD signal only at 720p, these select TVs have to display the game at 480p instead.
Given that Sony is likely scrambling with their supply issue at the moment, I wouldn't expect the fix anytime soon, but it's good to know they are working on it.

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nimo333 said:
When XBOX came out, people complained about a crash that occurs or whatever, now Sony isn't doing that good either. I think Sony is trying to catch on with microsoft, in not only in the good upgrade things but also in the bad ones too (software errors and bugs).Sorry for being silly!
9Nails said:
The expression "bit off more that you can chew" fits Sony's problem. They were very ambitious with this new console. I applaud them for trying this hard to come up with the most powerful console hardware to date. The move was (is) quite a risk.
ventn00b said:
Never mind that most DVD players sold today don't upscale to both 720p and 1080p....Forget about how this crap has been known for 10 years. Let's just bash sony coz this Wii controller fits so nicely up my ass, and then I can bash sony in virtual reality and it even has sounds when my friend joins in! Yeah!
luvhuffer said:
What's the deal with Sony anyway. They had this PS3 in the works forever. I'm sure any problems it has are to be expected with bleeding edge technology, my comment concerns the availability. Sony pulled the same crap with the PS2, with this limited availability game (excuse the pun) they like to run, to artificially create some marketing frenzy. Just build the junk and deliver it to market, like the good little piggies they are. What with the battery deal, the root kit fiasco, and now problems with all their Sure Shot digital cameras not working in high humidity (WTF is up with that?), coupled with my closet full of Sony electronics that crapped out shortly after the warranty expired, (Can you say planned obsolescence), I certainly could care less about all this. You can bet I'm not buying one. Sorry for the rant. Just felt like venting. Must be the toothache! Maybe I can tie a string around the tooth and attach the other end to my Trinitron and just toss it out the window?
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