720p vs. 1080i on Xbox360?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by esadb, May 24, 2010.

  1. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Just wondering what should i be running when playing lets say MW2?

    I tried both settings and my eyes perhaps just cant tell the difference. Figured maybe some of you guys will know the answer whats better?

    I figured it might not be the higher the number the better in this case..
  2. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    There won't be too much difference since MW1 and 2 run at 640p and is then upscaled to 720p/1080i. The picture won't be any sharper since both those resolutions are higher than its native resolution.
  3. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    What about other games? I guess should of maybe asked in general which resolution will be better?
  4. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    What size and resolution is your TV?

    Obviously, if your TV is 720p, it doesn't matter, and it's also more difficult to tell a difference on smaller TV. Even on a bigger, 1080p TV, you might not see much of a difference.

    As far as which is better, that's not a simple answer. 1080p is better than 720p. But 1080i vs 720p? It depends on the content. Fast paced action such as sports can look better on 720p over 1080i because progressive scan is better with fast moving action. That's why ESPN broadcasts in 720p instead of 1080i (obviously, 1080p is best, but no one broadcasts in 1080p yet, too much bandwidth required). But for other programming, like sitcoms and news, 1080i is better than 720p. So for video games, 720p might be better than 1080i since it's fast paced action, but will you notice a difference? Maybe if you have good eyes.

    If you have a 1080p TV, the 360 can output 1080p, over HDMI at least, not sure about component. That's what mine is set to. On paper, it's the best. But if your TV is 720p, then you'll probably want your 360 at 720p. Not that you'll really notice a difference.
  5. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008

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