Originally Posted by sspears
Another test was to set 1080i and 720p. When I played a disc, it set the output to 720p instead of 1080i. very odd. It rankes order of resolution as: 480p, 1080i, 720p and 1080p.
Originally Posted by efranzen
Can you elaborate on this please? Was the content of this test 1080i or 1080p (Blu-Ray movie). I've got a JVC 1080p HDTV but it's last years model that doesn't have a 1080p input. Since my HDTV can not accept a 1080p signal, does this mean the PS3 is going to output 720p instead of 1080i?
I guess I can answer my own question now since my PS3 arrived a day early. Some people may find the following information useful. This pertains to BD playback only. I do not yet have any games for the PS3.
My HDTV is a 61" JVC 61FH96 1080p LCoS. This is last years model that is a 1080p HDTV but as with many other 1080p HDTV's last year (including the Sony SXRD RPTV) does not actually accept a 1080p input.
When initially setting up the PS3, it reports that my maximum resolution is 720p. This coincides with what Stacey says above. The PS3 tries to fix resolutions in the following order: 1080p, 720p, 1080i, 480p. So due to the fact that my HDTV can not take a 1080p input, it goes to the next resolution of 720p.
Here's where things get bad. If you do not notice this, when you play a BD disc, it will actually output it as 480p. My TV does not tell me what the resolution is that I'm viewing, but I can determine whether I'm getting a 480i/p signal or a 720p/1080i signal due to my aspect ratio choices. I get different choices depending on whether it's a HD signal or not.
Now, if I go into the options and tell the PS3 that my maximum resolution is 1080i, then the BD's play back fine. If I set it to 1080p my TV just blanks out (can't accept the signal).
Another thing that is frustrating is you can set each resolution your TV is capable of, but again it goes in the odd order listed above. You can not change the order or signals.
So basically if you have a 720p display and want to watch BD's in HD, you're going to have to tell the PS3 that your resolution is 1080i, not 720p. Otherwise it will be displayed at 480p.
If you have a 1080i display you're also going to have to tell the PS3 you have a 1080i display, otherwise it will send a 720p signal (assuming you can receive a 720p signal).
I'm assuming at this point as well that when I get a 720p game, I'm going to have to tell the PS3 I only have a 720p display, otherwise it's going to display it as 480p.