PlayStation 3 - 1080i display flickering

Discussion in 'Games' started by p0intblank, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    Hi, I need some guidance in (hopefully) fixing this minor problem. When setting up my PlayStation 3's display settings, I notice my TV (which does support up to 1080i) kind of has that refreshing/flickering effect you see on old CRT monitors... but this only happens when in 1080i mode. When I switch back to 720p everything is sharp again. I know for a fact that my TV can display 1080i fine because that's how I have my Xbox 360 setup and everything works perfectly fine... although I do notice a light purple wave travel across the screen, but it's only noticeable in dark scenes (what is that, by the way?).

    I have my 360 going through Component and my PS3 through HDMI -> DVI (my TV doesn't have HDMI support). I have Sony's official Component HD cables on the way so I'm hoping this eliminates the problem. So I guess to make a long post somewhat short... how can I get my PS3 to output in 1080i clearly like my 360 currently does?

    Also I guess while I am here... is there really that much of a difference between 720p and 1080i? I Googled it, but I can't seem to find a straight answer. I play Call of Duty 3 in 720p and everything looks excellent, so can it really look that much better?

    If this post is unclear, please tell me and I'll try to clear it up. :eek: Thanks!
     
  2. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    My 1080i/720p upscaling dvd player is set to 720p because I notice that gets rid of some of the scanlines you can see sometimes. I never see a purple wave movign across the screen on 1080i. Perhaps your tv has a problem at that resolution? If you get the component cables for the ps3 and notice the same purple wave you can assume it's your tv.
     
  3. aj98 macrumors member

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    If your TV supports 1080p, try that instead.

    You may see more detail in 1080
     
  4. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    You might want to contact the maker of your TV to see if they have a firmware update for it. My Pioneer needed a update that is enroute to me right now.

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  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    You see more pixels in 1080i, but 720p displays better motion and looks clearer.

    Many consider 720p to be the better picture.
     
  6. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    720p is great for sports and high action. 1080i actually produces the better picture for movies and general TV watching. Most games will look better in 1080i.
     
  7. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Despite the fact that games tend to be "high action"?
    I generally prefer higher framerates to higher resolution in PC games, so I'd probably prefer 720p to 1080i, but I've never gotten to see them side by side.
     
  8. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Most games have a lot of static areas, you move around the scenery sure but overall its more like watching a movie which would look better in 1080i. I've played with the resolution settings on my PS3 720p/1080i/1080p and i can tell the difference between 720p and 1080i in most games. The extra clarity and definition that 1080i gets you makes a difference in gaming. This of course is all just my opinion :)

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  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I agree with you, but have noticed that it also depends on the scaler in the TV. My 42" LCD & HD Projector both have a noticeable (to me) difference in 1080i over 720p

    Yet another DELL 26" LCD & SONY 19 LCD HDTV's I cant tell the difference between the two, so I assume its the scaler in them ?

    I game in 1080i, plus movies look great at that res too.
     

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