1080P gaming on the new 15" High End Retina MacBook Pro?

Zeov

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So


i'm very happy with this release of the new retina MacBook Pro, and it will work perfectly with my education (Digital Media) where i will be doing everything with video editing, photo, 3D software and even creating some simple games and such (TV, games, movies, photos)

but i also wanna play some games on this machine as well, so my question is, since this is a retina display 2880x1800, will lowering the display to 1080p look bad? or will it look like any other 1080P display out there?

I know there has been some discussions about this in the past, but i never really saw a real answer other than some theories.

Thanks for help :)


edit: rumors where true btw, the high end retina pro will be 3956$ in Denmark.
 

Stetrain

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Games should scale pretty well as long as you're using a 16:10 resolution. 1440x900 would probably provide the best results.
 
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Stetrain

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I'd be more concerned about the heat. Can't wait to read some reviews on how this machine does on heavy gaming.
From the design it actually looks like it might be able to run cooler than the full size 15" MBP. It actually has air inlets on the underside, whereas the full size MBP only has a single inlet/exhaust vent at the back.
 
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henrikrox

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i would not worry about heat at all, the reduced temp from ivy bridge helps, also they have a better system for pulling in air now. *look at the sides off the laptop*

Just remember guys, when you scale down on resolution (not playing in native resolution) it will not look as good as lets say a 1440x900 native display
 
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Stetrain

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i would not worry about heat at all, the reduced temp from ivy bridge helps, also they have a better system for pulling in air now. *look at the sides off the laptop*

Just remember guys, when you scale down on resolution (not playing in native resolution) it will not look as good as lets say a 1440x900 native display
Except that it looks the scaling is done in software in OSX, which should theoretically be able to be done more smoothly than simply sending the display a non-native resolution:

Supported resolutions: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina); scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels
http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/


But we'll have to wait until people get their hands on them to say for sure what the quality is like when running in scaled mode.
 
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The Final Cut

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Except that it looks the scaling is done in software in OSX, which should theoretically be able to be done more smoothly than simply sending the display a non-native resolution:



http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/


But we'll have to wait until people get their hands on them to say for sure what the quality is like when running in scaled mode.
but the relevant thing is running these games in windows 7, is the OSX scaling available in bootcamp? doubt many people want to play battlefield 3 in vm fusion or something lol.
 
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pscl

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i think 1080p unter bootcamp looks so crappy on the retina mbp 750m...
 
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Dekard

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1080p gaming is fine on the rmbp 15 inch with the 750m. I play BF4 with that res and it's fine, I can play for a couple hours with no problem. Fans spin up but its fine, I got a headset on so I can hear footsteps etc..
 
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Pinksteady

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I've got a 15" retina Macbook Pro (discrete graphics setup) and games look fantastic on it. If you're just talking about playing on the laptop's own screen, forget about 1080p - its just one of many viable resolutions - as I said, games look fantastic.
 
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Zeov

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rather old thread guys :D i've had the Retina since august 2012 haha
 
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swerve147

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Games should scale pretty well as long as you're using a 16:10 resolution. 1440x900 would probably provide the best results.
haha, funny how this 18 month old post is still relevant, even for today's rMBP.

Scaling on the rMBP seems to be so much better on the retina display as opposed to normal dpi panels. I guess it must be the extra pixels.
 
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dusk007

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I have tried games like MW3 on all resolutions and 1200p looks best. 1680x1050 is okay but 1200p is better. Higher than 1200p is kind of useless imo.
Barely makes a noticeable difference. Uptill 1200p I trade detail settings for resolution but from 1200p I up I rather take higher detail settings over more pixels.
 
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