Originally Posted by Cyber Chulo
ARRRGH! You guys are driving me nuts. Now I'm confused as to get this set or not. So the 4696D is not really a 1080P?
It amazing the extent to which this overscan deal is getting blown out of proportion in the past few weeks. Aside from the Sony XBR2/3, and some Sharp models, EVERY HD television currently in homes or on the market has overscan. Every single one of them. All rear projection sets have it, that won't ever change. All plasmas have it. Sometimes it's less than 1%, but it's still there. LCDs are the only technology that currently allow for no overscan OOTB (and very few at that), but suddenly zero overscan has become the most important thing on the planet. Good lord.
Bottom line: if you aren't hooking up a PC, it won't matter to you at ALL. If you are hooking up a PC, it will only matter if your video card isn't able to adjust the resolution to match the amount of overscan.
The Samsungs allow 1:1 full 1080 vertical res OOTB with the VGA port. All the other ports have roughly 2% overscan. That is not much. It will in no way affect your ability to play any PS3 or XBox360 game, because pertinent game elements will NEVER be placed within the outer ~7% of the picture frame. The consoles are designed for televsions, NOT PC monitors. The reason that PC games have HUD elements with 0% overscan is because PC monitors have never had overscan. It's expected with them. But for TV's, overscan is expected, and will be for many MANY years to come like it or not. As I stated before, GRAW is a case of poor planning by the developer, and I seriously doubt you will see something like that again any time soon. Even with GRAW though, nothing important for the game was lost at all, it was just some pointless green border that was placed around the HUD to "look cool". What it did instead was point out the obvious fact of life currently that TVs have overscan. I still ama amazed every time I see that game being played on a TV. It's like they did 100% of their design and testing on LCD monitors... no rear projections, no CRTs, no plasmas, no LCD TVs even.