Sony on PS3 3D Gaming: 720p, but PlayStation 3 Can Do 1080p

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196w ago - Over the weekend JoyStiq revealed that Sony is limiting use of 1080p 3D in PS3 games while opting for 720p, and today both PC World (linked above) and Eurogamer explain why Sony mandates 720p for PS3 3D while admitting the PlayStation 3 can do 3D 1080p.

Sony's Simon Benson confirmed that the PS3 can do 3D gaming in 1080p, but developers are generally encouraged to keep PS3 3D games at 720p due to frame rates and related issues that may arise with 1080p in PlayStation 3 3D gaming.

To quote: "3D exacerbates the issue, requiring the system process two discrete interlaced images--one for each eye--to fake depth perception.

In an undated tech presentation by a Sony engineer, the engineer admits "rendering two images from the same hardware may require compromises or limit the possibilities," citing performance ("the scene must be rendered twice"), VRAM usage ("the frame buffer may be larger in some cases"), and resolution limits ("more pixels may be processed") as mitigating factors in the list of technical considerations."

According to Eurogamer, to quote: "Tt's simply the case that the new stereo 3D support built into the...
 

Ghostbusters: PS3 is 960 by 540, XBox 360 is 720p

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253w ago - Something appears to have gone a little wrong with Terminal Reality's PlayStation 3 Ghostbusters engine... the native rendering resolution of the game is a little shocking.

In previous interviews, the game developers at Terminal Reality had talked up their PlayStation 3 technology for their upcoming Ghostbusters game. In a conversation with VG247 Terminal Reality president Mark Randel said:

"Personally, I want to show off our PS3 technology. We're one of the few developers who love the PS3 and have a great time with it. We have great technology for the PS3 and we want to show it off.

"We're running the same game for both platforms but if we made a PS3-only game, for example, you could double the amount of objects on screen that you're seeing. The PlayStation 3 has seven processors and the 360 only has three, so seven versus three means you can do a lot more on the PS3. We're keeping the game the same over both platforms so we don't want to take out any features," Randel added.

Alarms were raised after a comparison published on Web site Lens of Truth. They...
 

Video: EyePet E3 2009 Trailer HD 720p for PlayStation 3

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254w ago - Today Sony has released an HD (720p) trailer of EyePet, the interactive pet game for the PlayStation Eye.

Courtesy of adzofivc via YouTube:

EyePet(c) is the new software on the PlayStation(c) system.

It's a cool interactive game in wich you become the loving carer to a cute animal.. monster.. thingy.. anyway it looks cool!

Check out the trailer video below.




 

Killzone 2 runs at 720p/30fps, Supports Trophies, Trial and Home

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295w ago - BongoFrenzy of the EU PlayStation Community (linked above) has just posted up a huge Q&A session regarding Killzone 2. He confirms that the game will run at 720p at 30fps, there is a public BETA trial coming up, there will be 8 online maps at launch, and HOME will definitely be supported as well as trophies!

To quote: KillZone 2 Q&A

1) Q: What resolution and frame rate does the game run at?
A: 720p at 30fps

2) Q: Will PlayStation Trophies be supported in game?
A: Yes definitely, there will be unique trophies to be won, earned both in the offline game and while playing online.

3) Q: Will there be a public Beta Trial for Killzone 2?
A: Yes, we are planning on running a closed public beta later this year.

4) Q: How many online maps will there be at launch?
A: The game will include 8 maps each with their own style and setting, some will be smaller, to suit 16 players others will be much bigger, designed for 32 player matches. If you want to get an idea of what some of these look like, check out the new video on the PLAYSTATION®Store.

5) Q: How does the lobby system online work?
A: We have taken to heart all the feedback from the first Killzone game and aim to give players as much flexibility as possible. You can list all...
 

Smears of War? 720p Gears of War 2 screens arrive!

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310w ago - The eagerly awaited Gears of War 2 footage was released last night to the delight of fans and gamers. What we saw was some great looking action with far more happening on screen than Gears 1.

I was floored when I saw the down sampled video. Upon further inspection of the 720p feed though, it appears that Epic isn't rendering on screen what we might think. Check out these full 720p direct feed game captures. Jpgs are not compressed.

It appears that Epic has applied a strong smear filter to the engine. This smear effect is also similar to the median blur in Photoshop. Why is it there? Is it there for effect? Perhaps. But does it make the game look better? Maybe if you're using lower res textures and lower poly models. View the images and decide for yourself.

More screenshots can be seen at the link up top of this article.
 







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