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Hi Def=Half screen?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by AML, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. AML

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    When using Hi Def on my plasma or my LCD (1080i) with my XBox I found that the picture always shrinks to half of the screen size. Is this normal with Hi def TVs? If so, whats the point to buy a big TV if the picture is going to be halved!?
    I found this with any game I tried for example soul calibur 2 is one of the few games that uses the highest setting on the X Box.
    I immagine its because if the higher resolutions, but my PC runs on that LCD of mine and it doesnt "half" the screen!
     
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    True HDTV resolution are 16x9 (widescreen) if your LCD is 4x3 you will have black borders, Soul calibur 2 on the xbox is 1280x720, but it puts black borders on the left and right so its a hybrid format
     
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    actualy both my screens are wide
    and its not just a border on the side, its top and bottom too.
    Its abox within the screen!
     
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    yes soul calibur will appear like that, however many TV's are not true 16x9, they are actually 15x9 which means you will have borders across the top and bottom anyway, also many movies are not 16x9(1.85:1)they are even wider such as 2.35:1 so borders are fine
     
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    also try and find the expand option for your TV if it has one, my my 4:3 lcd has option to show 16x9 widescreen etc.
     
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    hi there, i did try the expand function but it wouldnt accept it. I t seems to go into an untouchable Hi def mode that cant be changed at all. Its weird coz i can watch Hi-Vision (in japan they call it that) TV and its full screen with the 1080i resoltuion!
     

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