It’s got to be absolutely heart breaking to fork over the cash necessary for a PlayStation 3, a few Blu-ray disks and games and then get home and find out the high-def experience promised just can’t be delivered on your TV set.
This, it seems, has been the case for some buyers of Sony’s uber gaming machine. The new PS3 doesn’t work well with older high definition TV sets that only have 1080i inputs for high-def signals.
Sony’s not been very forthcoming on whether it can or will solve the issue either. In a statement earlier this week, Sony said, “Those televisions will currently only play some PS3 titles at 480p resolution. PS3 games render images at either 720p or 1080p for High Definition and you need 720p input on the TV to play select games that do not support 1080p. This is an issue on the side of the individual television sets, which do not accept 720p input, so when a game outputs an HD signal only at 720p, these select TVs have to display the game at 480p instead.”
At that point it appeared as if Sony was going to wash its hands of the issue and blame it totally on the TV sets – buyers be damned. Now, it looks possible that Sony is trying to fix the issue with a firmware update. A report in Daily Tech has Dave Karraker, Sony’s PR head, saying the company is “looking into the issue and haven’t stated any actions that will be taken regarding it.”
If that issue wasn’t enough to convince PS3 buyers with old TVs to upgrade, there’s another issue now being reported. This time it’s with the Blu-ray. Arstechnica is saying the PS3 isn’t downscaling to 720p correctly if a TV can’t display 1080i or 1080p.
“Alas, if you don’t have a set that does 1080i or 1080p, you’re going to be forced into 480p which is far less impressive,” wrote Ben Kuchera.
There’s no word on whether there’s a solution for this problem beyond buying a new TV set. Looks like that might be the quickest fix in both cases.
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