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318w ago - Gaming in high definition provides the best possible picture and sound quality, and allows us to play the games they were meant to be played.

The Final Fantasy series has had a long history of amazing prerendered cutscenes and equally as beautiful real time graphics.

With the wait until FFXIII launches we can't help but think how good these graphics can get. The folks over at Intermezzo ran a series of comparison shots of the Japanese demo on high end HD TV's and the good old family analogue.

The models used to compare were:

•14 inch Sony WEGA (2000)
•50 inch Pioneer plasma (2006)

With about $3,600 and six years separating them it wasn't going to be hard to guess what the results would be. What was surprising however was how bad the analogue picture looked even without the comparison.

With square promising that they were working hard on making it so that text was readable on SD TV's we may have another case of unreadable text that was found in Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Capcoms Dead Rising.

The economy being in the state that it is, those who haven't yet purchased a HD TV may just have to settle on these blurry graphics for just a while longer... although most people that can afford a PS3 probably have an HD TV.

Final Fantasy XIII for PS3: Finally Forcing High-Definition?

Final Fantasy XIII for PS3: Finally Forcing High-Definition?

Final Fantasy XIII for PS3: Finally Forcing High-Definition?

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#15 - Ixxat - 317w ago
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I had a discussion with a friend not too long ago about the difference HD can make with newer games. Her perspective was that she didn't need to get an HD TV in order for the new games to be playable. I tried comparing playing HD games on an SD TV to playing a Super Nintendo on a Black and White TV. I mean sure you could do it, and sure it's playable, but it's not the experience the developers intended you to have.

HD TVs (and computer monitors supporting HDM and Component) have been coming down in price and can be just as affordable as the console itself.

#14 - soccrstar - 317w ago
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I see where they going with FFXIII.

in order for them to up the anty on the HD part, the SDtvs will have to unfortunately suffer. If they were to make it so it looks descent on both TVs than you wouldn't have the awesome quality and crystal clear imaging on the HDtvs cause it needs to downgrade to make it usable/playable on a non-HDtv.

I remember I used to have a 720P TV set and was playing resistance. Picture was clear as a whistle. I than upgraded to a 1080P Set and it wasn't clear and a bit pixalated. mainly due to the games max is 720P and TV upscaled the image.

#13 - bpaynemax1 - 318w ago
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I would have to say that forcing hd on tv's out there would be good, but really there would be no diference on the tv that a person has except for sd.

Regarding plasma or lcd or whatever other model they have out there they all have the same frequency and give you 1080i right now cable companies are not pushing 1080p.

And even if your tv games unless you really can tell no one would know the difference between 1080i or 1080p, either way whatever tv you own its still good.

#12 - D3M0N2009 - 318w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by anticon View Post
I agree with the majority here, it would seem that 9 out of 10 people that I hook up there tv/surround sound systems do not have clue what the different cables are for & most just match the colors until every hole is filled thinking that will solve the problem. They are amazed when I pull a handful of cables out & go "here you don't need these"


I think its more down to the company's that don't really educate the general population about the differences, or most people don't really care about learning they'd rather someone else just hooked it up for them. I personally like to do everything myself, my home theatre was assembled by me, my PC was built by me, hell if I could build the PS3 from the ground up I probably would just for the hell of it :D

#11 - anticon - 318w ago
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I agree with the majority here, it would seem that 9 out of 10 people that I hook up there tv/surround sound systems do not have clue what the different cables are for & most just match the colors until every hole is filled thinking that will solve the problem. They are amazed when I pull a handful of cables out & go "here you don't need these"

#10 - Veritech - 318w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by saviour07 View Post
its a good idea just for anyone to compare an sd tv against a hd tv, but this one was majorly... unfair??
a 14" sd tv from 2000, against a 50" hd tv from 2006

im pretty sure in 2000 there was at the very least 28" or 30somethin inch tv's
the smaller the screen is on anything the worse the quality gets

i know its just meant to be a quick comparison, and im not too bothered because iv got my hd tv for my ps3 ready and waiting for ffxiii, but they cuda made it a bit less... biased??

anyways, rant over


I have a 37 inch tube screen, note even a flat screen that takes component cables. Even without using the component cables I've never had a blurry picture. I play shooters where long distance visuals is a must and have no problem. It's the quality of the TV model they used, and comparing a $50 TV to a $1,000 TV will always lead to this type of outcome.

PS: My TV is a 2000-2002 JVC I believe. Damn thing must weigh about 150lbs.

#9 - Hanakuro - 318w ago
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Well, I recently bought me an HDTV, although it's not as big as I would like it. Then again, in my room, it would be a BIT overpowering if it were bigger. I can't wait for FFXIII and all it's HD glory!! ^__~ Also, I had a friend who did the same thing with his component cables. As before, he about dropped over when I switched it over. xD

P.S. - I tend to agree the comparison size were a little mismatched. xD;;

#8 - Sacrilego - 318w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by sorceror View Post
My neighbor bought a 60" LCD TV. It sat for months in front of the fireplace because he could not find the necessary mount (very little clearance). For gaming, he had... a Wii. For movies... a DVD player, and I'm not sure it was even progressive-scan. He was hooked up to cable, but didn't know how to do a channel search to find the unencrypted HD channels.

To paraphrase Charles Babbage, I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that would lead someone to spend that kind of money without any plan for getting actual HD content.

There is a large amount of people in the same situation, then there are those that do not see the diffrence between SD and HD.

I know a guy who buys Blueray movies to watch in his PS3, but he has it hooked up via composite to a crappy 19" LCD SDTV.

Another with nice big HDTV lcd but no HD content or decent sound system or even better, they hookup only the composite or s-video connections.

And when asked why, they just don't know why it's like that, they just like the idea of having a big tv.
They are confused and get even more confused when someone tries to explain why the picture does not look as good as it did in the stores.

#7 - eische99 - 318w ago
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HD-Version would be nice!

#6 - sorceror - 318w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by mihaiolimpiu View Post
It wouldn't be the first time when I saw a PS3 or a Xbox 360 hooked up via SD cables!


My neighbor bought a 60" LCD TV. It sat for months in front of the fireplace because he could not find the necessary mount (very little clearance). For gaming, he had... a Wii. For movies... a DVD player, and I'm not sure it was even progressive-scan. He was hooked up to cable, but didn't know how to do a channel search to find the unencrypted HD channels.

To paraphrase Charles Babbage, I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that would lead someone to spend that kind of money without any plan for getting actual HD content.