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1080i vs. 1080p TV For Playing Video Games?

Illustrator76
03-08-2007, 05:49 PM
Can someone please give me a definative answer on the whole 1080i vs. 1080p TV for playing video games debate? I have a 42 inch Westinghouse LCD HDTV that can go up to 1080i, and I have heard that for watching movies 1080p would not make a difference on a TV under 52 inches. My problem is that I keep hearing conflicting stories on whether or not 1080p makes a difference on video games. I will be mostly playing games on the XBOX 360 and MAYBE a PS3 (if my wife ever breaks down and lets me get one) via component or VGA (actually it's component now, but I may switch to VGA because people say that it's a better picture...I could use some help on that issue too). I am asking because I can still return my TV and (for a few hunderd dollars) buy one that is full 1080p, BUT I don't want to go through the trouble of returning one TV and ordering another if 1080p isn't going to make that big a difference. Can you experts please lend me some advice?

nmlobo
03-08-2007, 05:53 PM
"If you're a gamer, then there is a difference, as 1080p/60 from a computer can be 60 different frames per second (instead of 24 different frames per second doubled and tripled, as with movie content). " http://www.hometheatermag.com/gearworks/1106gear/

Illustrator76
03-09-2007, 05:03 AM
Does anybody else have any more conflicting / supporting info on this? Come on guys there has to be more than one person with knowledge on this subject!

borromini
03-09-2007, 07:44 AM
First of all, your thread title/question may be written on an incorrect assumption...so let's make sure we're talking about the same thing. With "1080i vs. 1080p"...you are either referring to native resolution or signal input. If you were referring to native resolution...STOP.

You have an LCD, which is a fixed-pixel progressive (p) display. It is either 720p or 1080p. It is NOT a 1080i display since there's no such thing for LCDs!

Now which native resolution is your LCD at? If it's a 720p display...then yes upgrading to 1080p will provide a better gaming picture unless you're sitting too far away to benefit...like 10' to 12' away. If it's 1080p...you're wasting time here asking questions when you should be playing.

If you were referring to input signal...it wasn't made clear in your question. Your TV may be limited to accept 1080i signals, but it will again display it either as 720p or 1080p depending on your specs. For the Xbox 360, it is itself limited to 1080i...go back to the previous paragraph for your answer. If you are seriously going to get the PS3...getting another TV that accepts 1080p input will not make a difference unless your current TV does a poor job of deinterlacing. To find out...check out some other threads in this forum that have links to a site that tested just about every TV for proper deinterlacing.

Now...if you still feel that you're getting conflicting responses to your question...then I doubt that you will get the answer you're looking for. ;)

Illustrator76
03-09-2007, 11:00 AM
First of all, your thread title/question may be written on an incorrect assumption...so let's make sure we're talking about the same thing. With "1080i vs. 1080p"...you are either referring to native resolution or signal input. If you were referring to native resolution...STOP.

You have an LCD, which is a fixed-pixel progressive (p) display. It is either 720p or 1080p. It is NOT a 1080i display since there's no such thing for LCDs!

Now which native resolution is your LCD at? If it's a 720p display...then yes upgrading to 1080p will provide a better gaming picture unless you're sitting too far away to benefit...like 10' to 12' away. If it's 1080p...you're wasting time here asking questions when you should be playing.

If you were referring to input signal...it wasn't made clear in your question. Your TV may be limited to accept 1080i signals, but it will again display it either as 720p or 1080p depending on your specs. For the Xbox 360, it is itself limited to 1080i...go back to the previous paragraph for your answer. If you are seriously going to get the PS3...getting another TV that accepts 1080p input will not make a difference unless your current TV does a poor job of deinterlacing. To find out...check out some other threads in this forum that have links to a site that tested just about every TV for proper deinterlacing.

Now...if you still feel that you're getting conflicting responses to your question...then I doubt that you will get the answer you're looking for. ;)

WOW man, you sound kinda harsh. I didn't mean to cause confusion or waste anybody's time with questions that I already have the answer to, I just want to get some straight answers on this subject. My Westinghouse is a W4207 LCD and it's native resolution is 720p. Also I am sitting about 10 to 11 feet away from it, so you're saying that 1080p WON'T make that big of a difference at that viewing distance? Alos I am not sure how well my TV deinterlaces but I am asuuming not very well since it isn't a super expensive model.

borromini
03-09-2007, 04:44 PM
Sorry, didn't mean to come across harsh...I thought the "wink" icon made that clear. :) As to your follow-up questions...

If the proposed 1080p TV replacement would still be around 42" then yes...it would be a waste and that's what I assumed since you noted a price increase of only "a few hundred dollars". You'd have to get to 52" or larger to see the benefit unless you like sitting closer when it comes to playing games. Some folks do that and it makes a difference.

I don't see what's wrong with what you have now and keeping it that way until you decide you have to have a larger screen.

Illustrator76
03-10-2007, 07:04 AM
Sorry, didn't mean to come across harsh...I thought the "wink" icon made that clear. :) As to your follow-up questions...

If the proposed 1080p TV replacement would still be around 42" then yes...it would be a waste and that's what I assumed since you noted a price increase of only "a few hundred dollars". You'd have to get to 52" or larger to see the benefit unless you like sitting closer when it comes to playing games. Some folks do that and it makes a difference.

I don't see what's wrong with what you have now and keeping it that way until you decide you have to have a larger screen.
Sorry for taking your previous comments the wrong way, I didn't mean to do that. Yes you are correct in that I would have been upgrading to another Westinghouse 42 inch TV that could do 1080p. I think for a 42 inch TV that sitting 10 to 11 feet away is just right for watching TV and playing games. Sitting any closer is pointless in my opinion so, no, I wouldn't be sitting any closer than 10 to 11 feet to the TV. Thanks alot for your info and advice, I appreciate how you explained that getting a 1080p TV WOULD make a difference, yet you gave me the situation where that difference would be visible. Too often times people just say YES 1080p is better for video games, 1080i and 720p suck GET THE 1080p TV NOW! They never bother to explain how, why, and in what situation that resolution difference becomes visible. Thanks again, people like you are the exact reasons why I come here...to get some clarity and insight on issues like this, where people fail to fully explain these 1080i vs. 1080p discussions in more detail.

borromini
03-10-2007, 07:30 AM
Glad to have been helpful...enjoy your gaming! :)

Jagg
03-11-2007, 05:48 PM
For the Xbox 360, it is itself limited to 1080i...go back to the previous paragraph for your answer. If you are seriously going to get the PS3...getting another TV that accepts 1080p input will not make a difference unless your current TV does a poor job of deinterlacing. To find out...check out some other threads in this forum that have links to a site that tested just about every TV for proper deinterlacing.



The 360 will upscale any game and DVD to 1080p as long as you're using the VGA hookup. There's also one native 1080p 360 games on the market, with more on the way.

borromini
03-11-2007, 05:51 PM
In context of the OP's question...the 360 is limited to 1080i via component since his TV doesn't have a VGA port.