PlayStation 3: chasing the 1080p dream – section considered one of an 88-game mega-test

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Sony’s PlayStation 3 first introduced in November 2006 and proper from the get-go, the platform holder confronted a stiff problem within the type of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Right here we have been having a look at two machines of the similar technology, Sony’s fiercest rival launching a complete 12 months forward of the contest – and packing a {hardware} benefit within the type of its Xenos GPU from AMD. With {hardware} locked years prior, how did Sony react? A part of the selling reaction used to be to pay attention to one thing Xbox may now not ship: complete enhance for the brand new HDMI virtual video usual, together with the facility to output at complete HD – 1080p.

After all, within the years since, we all know precisely how this case performed out – or will we? I am in point of fact excited to expose the general public release of DF Unfashionable’s greatest challenge but: a generation-wide research of simply how smartly PlayStation 3 delivered on its preliminary 1080p guarantees. Cut up into 4 portions, with a brand new episode launching each Sunday at 3pm BST, John Linneman goals to hide each unmarried PS3 name we have now controlled to trace down that helps 1080p answer, to rank all of them, after which – on the finish – to look which 12 months used to be best possible for complete HD gaming at the ‘Triple’.

First up, a disclaimer: we will be able to’t quilt each unmarried 1080p sport. Some could have slipped in the course of the web, others supported 960×1080 output (and even decrease at the horizontal axis) as a fallback choice when 720p used to be now not to be had, and we are not specifically taken with the ones. Then again, around the 4 episodes, we quilt a complete of 88 titles. In an technology the place many PlayStation 3 (and certainly Xbox 360) video games struggled even to ship local 720p rendering, the total HD credentials of Sony’s system have been left in tatters around the years, however possibly unusually, there are lots of, many highlights – as you’ll be able to uncover over the weeks.

Section considered one of John Linneman’s greatest DF Unfashionable challenge but, masking the primary two years of the PlayStation 3’s complete HD library.

Section one offers with the primary couple of years’ of PlayStation 3 gaming – and it kicks off with a in reality impressive 1080p60 unlock. Ridge Racer 7 is a platform unique that, possibly cruelly, stays locked to the PlayStation 3 to these days, however it is a surprising 1080p60 party, considerably awesome to its Xbox 360-exclusive predecessor. Ridge Racer 7 targeting easy, however extremely efficient imagery with a purpose to ship a nearly locked 60fps complete HD revel in. It is 1080p ‘carried out proper’, its philosophy in exploiting the PS3 {hardware} laying the root for lots of the gadget’s best possible complete HD choices.

I would possibly not cross into any intensity on the remainder of the line-up – John’s video is well worth the watch – however there is a lot to revel in on this first episode. You can see Blast Issue, the primary name from Bluepoint Video games, you’ll be able to undergo witness to the total horror of Wonder Final Alliance in its 12-20fps 1080p mode (spoilers: 720p is not that fab both), you’ll be able to baulk at Sega’s Complete Auto 2 after which there is the debut of Gran Turismo HD – a captivating demo from Polyphony and the primary 1080p unlock that would not slightly ship a complete, complete HD revel in.

There are different fascinating takes on 1080p too – NBA Side road Homecourt from EA Sports activities in truth presented up each 1080p30 and 720p stories, and it used to be additionally the primary complete HD name for Xbox 360 too (with added MSAA, absent at the PS3) – in the event you forget about the Quake 2 port we found out years later to be operating at 1080p at the Microsoft console. However returning to the PS3, what about virtual unlock Waft from That Sport Corporate, which appears to be downsampling to 1080p from 1440p?

That is all simply the top of the iceberg. We will go away you with a couple of extra tantalising titles contained on this first episode, some names that’ll take you again to an excessively other technology: Sega’s sensible Virtua Tennis 3, Sumo’s a laugh Tremendous Rub-a-Dub and naturally, Tremendous Stardust HD – Housemarque’s astonishing shooter that introduced at 1280×1080 sooner than liberating a complete HD improve within the future years (due to optimisations delivered for its stereoscopic 3-d unlock). And upload to that Issue 5’s Lair with its multi-sampling based totally horizontal upscaling, Q-Video games’ first Pixel Junk name, Loco Roco, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue… whether or not they are 1080p showcases or efficiency screw ups, they are all interesting to behold.

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