480p 720p 1080i. What does it all mean?

Live Night Owl

Standard Member
I was just wondering what 576i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p all mean?

Which one's the best? What does i and p stand for?

And what would you get the most pleasure from?
 

Batch

Novice Member
1080p is the best, i stands for interlaced and p for progressive. Most games are 720p and there are few sets which support 1080p
 

Sandman

Distinguished Member
1080i displays 1080 rows of pixels but only displays 540 of them at one time.
1080p displays all 1080 rows of pixels at the same time.

You wll need an lcd or plasma display with a native resolution of at leat 1920x1080to display any of these resolutions.

720p and above is refered to as High Definition (HD).
 

-Hitman-

Well-known Member
1080i displays 1080 rows of pixels but only displays 540 of them at one time.
1080p displays all 1080 rows of pixels at the same time.

You wll need an lcd or plasma display with a native resolution of at leat 1920x1080to display any of these resolutions.

720p and above is refered to as High Definition (HD).
1080i actually is 2x540 lines at the same time displayed, represented as (540)odd and (540) even lines interlaced together/updated, 1080P is 1080 lines progressively update.

You don't need a display with native 1080 lines, just needs to be HD compatible to display any of the formats above as the image is always scaled to the actual displays native resolution.

How well the display handles scaling is another matter.
 

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