Archive for March, 2006

New Poll: HDTV or SD for PS3 Gaming?

Here’s a new poll for all you potential PS3 gamers. Will you be using an HDTV for your PS3 gaming, or will you be using a regular standard definition (SD) TV?

Vote in the sidebar, as always!

My vote: I’ll be using my HDTV, of course!

Here are the results of the previous poll:

What do you think of the PS3 delay?

  • Good all around.: 62% (82)
  • Good but I’m peaved!: 28% (37)
  • Bad for the PS3.: 11% (14)

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Flickr: All of PS3

SL33PY pointed out to me that flickr has lots of PS3 screenshots, including some from last week’s GDC. Thanks SL33PY!

Flickr: All of PS3

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HDMI 1.3 FUD

FUD = Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

It’s something that Microsoft has traditionally been good at. Have a cool product? So Microsoft announces that someday sometime they might make something similar. Then your sales tank. Doh!

Well, there seems to be a bit of FUD going around right now, and I don’t know if it’s from Sony haters or what. But it’s crazy. Like this headline from CD Freaks – “PS3 needs HDMI 1.3 enabled TVs for HD resolution?”. That’s just absurd. Let’s set the record straight.

HDMI 1.3 would only be needed for digitally transporting a DD+, DD TrueHD, or DTS HD audio stream from a BD movie. It will not be required for anything else. So if you have ANY HDTV with HDMI, rest assured that the display will be able to talk to your new PS3. You’ll get the best video your display is capable of.

What about 1080p? Again, HDMI 1.3 is not needed for transporting 1080p signals. Even HDMI 1.0 could handle 1080p. The problem was always the electronics manufacturers who didn’t want to bother upgrading the electronics to be able to handle it.

CD Freaks.com – PS3 needs HDMI 1.3 enabled TVs for HD resolution?

PS You can get really nice HDMI cables at MonoPrice for a very reasonable cost. I just received mine in the mail yesterday. A 6′ HDMI-DVI cable for $15US. Nice.

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Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Last week I played GRAW for the first time at Todd’s place on his Xbox 360. It’s a fun game, and four of us sat around the television and chased each other around the map, having some fun with headshots and whatnot. Thursday night we’ll be doing more of the same, but this time on an HDTV. I’ll tell you what that was like afterwards.

We were a little confused by the kill king of the hill mode. The “hill” was not marked in any way. You just had an icon in the corner of your screen that changed colour if you were on the hill. I much prefer the Halo way of doing it – actually showing graphically where the hill is.

But it was still a great game. I was a blown away by the good graphics. But the UI needed a little work. Sometimes “B” meant “back”, and sometimes it meant “cancel”. Which was really annoying. Each of us had to set up our warriors, so each of us made the same mistakes of exiting the screen without actually making changes, etc. Plus we couldn’t find any way of naming our warriors, which is strange.

Good game, but it needs a little polish.

Home Theater – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

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