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November 16, 2007 // 2:05 pm - Well it turns out that when a game box says that it runs in 720p or 1080p it's not entirely true. Sure you can set it to that resolution but the actual game output resolution is rarely exactly that.

Check out two of the biggest releases of the season for example:

COD4 (360) 1024–600p 2xAA
COD4 (PS3) 1024–600p 2xAA
Uncharted (PS3) 960–1080 in 1080p

Neither Call of Duty 4 or Uncharted run in the actual resolutions.

The reason most games do this is to allow for more visual effects to be rendered to the screen without slowing the game down. Most won't ever notice or care but it's kind of interesting to find out the actual resolutions that games render in. Here are some more recent ones along with a huge list of older releases from the pixel counter at Beyond3D.

Def Jam: Icon (PS3) 1152–648
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PS3) 1920–1080 FullHD
Transformers (PS3) 960–1080
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 720p): 960–720
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 1080p): 780–1080
Oblivion (360): 1024–600 (PS3 version is full 720p)
ICO (PS2): 512–224p (less than Tekken on PS1 at 512–240)
VF5 (PS3 720p): 1024–1024 (same as 360)
VF5 (PS3 1080p): 1024–768

Here are some older discoveries from the same thread:

Full Auto 2: 1920–1080 AA 4x, bad framerate - PS3
NBA Street: 1920–1080 AA 4x (30-60fps) - 360
LocoRoco Cocoreccho 1920–1080 MSAA 2x -PS3
Tony Hawk Project 8: 1040–584 AA - 360
Tony Hawk Project 8: 1280–720 - PS3
Virtua Tennis 3: 1920–1080 AA 2x - PS3, 360
XMB: 1920–1080p - PS3
Dashboard: 1280–720p - 360
Perfect Dark Zero: 1138–640p - 360
Halo 3: 1152–640p - 360
Call of Duty 3: 1120–630p 360
Ninja Gaiden Sigma: 1280–720p PS3
Project Gotham Racing 3: 1024–600 360
Tomb Raider: 1024–600 360
Ridge Racer 7:
NBA 07: 1920–1080 - PS3
NBA 08: 1920–1080 - PS3
Tony Hawk Proving Ground: 600p - PS3
Tony Hawk Proving Ground: 720p - 360
GRAW2: 720p - PS3
GRAW2: 720p AA 2x - 360
Super Rub a Dub: 1600–1080 - PS3
GTHD: 1440–1080 - PS3
Super Stardust HD: 1280–1080 - PS3
Skate: 1536–864 - PS3
Skate: 1280–720 AA - 360
Bioshock: 1280–720 - 360
Harry Potter: 1280–720 MSAA 2x PS3 ?
Pixel Junk Racers: 1920–1080 PS3
Heavenly Sword: 1280–720 AA 4x PS3
Blast Factor Demo: 1920–1080 PS3
The Darkness Demo: 1024–576 PS3

Most HD Game Resolutions Not Even 720p Let Alone 1080p

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