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480p vs 576i is it really worth all the hassle?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by McGraw, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. McGraw

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    I have spent a long time reading up about and finally modding my X-Box so that it will output NTSC with a view to hooking it up to whichever LCD Hi-def TV I eventually plump for.

    With PAL 576i looking a damn sight better than NTSC 480i, what benefit will I actually see for all my tinkering?

    Surely the TV will make the PAL 576i pseudo-progressive through it's onboard electronics and better than 480p?

    Please reassure me, I feel I have waste my time and will be disappointed when I compare the two display modes.

    The games I play don't have 720p modes.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    Wait until Playstation 3 and Xbox 2 come out mate. Xbox 2 is a cert for 1920/1080p games, playstation 3 also probably due to their inclusion of the Blu-Ray standard. XBOX 1 just "hasn't got the power captain :laugh: "
    I spent a fortune on trying to HD my Xbox, although a few games which I can get in 720p are very impressive, the cost and hassle and lack of games available with high resolution makes the whole thing a chore even for a HD buff like me.

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  3. McGraw

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    Yes but does 480p look better than 576i?

    I don't mind waiting, I like messing about :D
     
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    Hmmm, a contentious subject, one where progressive V Interlaced and Pal V NTSC could rage for months :D
    Quick answer
    480p v 576i = 480p but not a world of difference
    720p v 576i = Ohh boy look at the pretty colours, look at those grains of sand, one word - sublime, had Soul Calibre 2 in 720p (albeit only 4:3) and I nearly soiled myself :blush:
    1080i v 576i = should of course be vastly superior, although I haven't seen that resolution, games at that resolution are rarer than Cockneys without a chip on their shoulder.
    720p v 1080i = A toughie, bringing us back to Progressive V Interlaced. On a Progressive HD display, I'd go with 720p. :smashin:

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  5. docfeelgood

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    I have a modded Xbox connected to a Sony HS20 pJ.

    The difference between PAL interlaced and NTSC 480P is VERY noticeable.

    The NTSC picture is much sharper in every respect.

    I don't know if this is down to the progressive scan, the xbox NTSC mode or my PJ. All I know is that anyone who looked at this (not just techy perfectionists) would agree.

    regards

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    I guess the difference is a lot more noticeable on a PJ than on a Hitachi plasma which I have. The Hitachi is also an interlaced screen which probably doesn't help. I could never get my Hitachi PD5300 to work probably with a modded Xbox, kept getting faintly coloured lines across the screen for some reason :confused:
    My modded Xbox has certainly wetted my appetite for HD games, roll on Xbox 2 and Playstation 3 I say :thumbsup:


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