Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by simz, May 2, 2007.
AS the title says, does the ps3 upscale standard dvd's?
NO! it cant upscale video or games as it doesnt have a dedicated scaling chip like the Xbox360's ANA scaler.
It does however upscale videos stored on the PS3's HDD.
It will do.
The answer is no (at present).
Sony have said that even though the PS3 has no hardware scaling, they will do it in future via software. So; we just have to wait and see if that will be the case.
The PS3 doesn't need a dedicated upscaling chip like the xbox360, as the Cell processor with 7 cores is more than powerful enough to upscale.
it just needs a damn firmware upgrade by Sony. They should at least provide a basic SD-DVD upscale feature, so that DVD's look the SAME QUALITY as normal DVD players, as currently they look horrible with washed out colours.
This has nothing to do with scaling.
Although Sony say they will upgrade the firmware to allow scaling of standard DVDs in the future on the PS3. I am sure this will not be their priority, as the PS3 is still seen by "the masses" primarily as a games machine. I am sure that as soon as normal blu ray machines start appearing from the likes of Denon/Yamaha/Arcam etc we will soon abandon the PS3 as a movie machine. We will probably, within a year or two be advising anyone who is serious about home cinema to avoid the PS3 as its not the best movie player around. Even though, I do hope the firmware does arrive.
I thought the PS3 was one of the best Blu-Ray players around? dont see why that will change in afew years, after all my Samsung 709 might be 7 years old but its still a great dvd player.
I have to disagree with you on the PS3's DVD picture quality. I've been well impressed so much so that i believe it's better than my DENON 2910 and that upscales! Also remember if your TV is up to it (ie HDTV), then it should upscale the picture anyway.
I'm not sure if the DVD playback has been improved in later software releases but it got a poor review from in Secrets benchmark.
"It is a shame that Sony put so much work into the PlayStation 3 in some areas but not in DVD playback. The lack of a film mode for de-interlacing and no support for upscaling are rare in progressive scan DVD players these days. While I would still recommend it as a Blu-ray player, anyone considering adding the PS3 to their home theater rack should probably keep their standard DVD player as well."
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-...rice=0&deInt=0&mpeg=0#SonyPlayStation 3 (HDMI)
A quick look at a mates said no change Very average DVD player.
The PS3 as a SD DVD player isn't very good at all, disappointing really. What with that and the noise it makes it has been a bit of an underwhelming experience so far
The PS3 is the best DVD player I have ever owned (though they have all been consoles).
The PS2 was the worst DVD player I have ever seen. They only sold 100m !!!
Curious, if you already own an HDTV that upsacles any input to its native res, why would you still need an upscaler from a player like the PS3 when playing SD DVD?
The quality of deinterlacing and scaling can be vary between displays. Many displays have relatively poor video processing compared to a good quality upscaling DVD players such as Arcam, Denon, Marantz, Tosh XE1 etc. The PS3 is a relatively poor DVD player and unless they address this with future updates it will proably be no better as an upscaling DVD player.
Doesn't it work just fine with PAL material (2-2 film cadence)? If it just wasn't so noisy..
It's doesn't support video level output i.e. no blacker than black and also clips white level. I only use if for Blu-ray movies.
Are blacker than black and whiter than white really that important? Any good demo scenes from actual movies?
The video level can provide additional image information i.e. subtle shadow detail in dark areas or birght white areas. If these levels are not used the black is crushed and/or white is clipped i.e. an area of black or white looks flat rather than having subtle fine detail. Some displays also clip the signal levels even if it is passed from the player.
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