My TV says its 720p but it displays in 1080p?

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#1 Posted by psn_Jaimzl (1241 posts) -
when i bought my TV in the corner of the box in bright bold letters it said 720p display but when i setup my ps3 with hdmi, in the corner it says its displaying at 1080p. when i launch a game it goes to the native resolution supported which is usually 720p. when i launch a game like wipeout HD that supports 1080p it stays at 1080p. my question is why is my tv displaying 1080p when it only supposrts 720p. is the box a lie?
#2 Posted by bdhoff (4104 posts) -

Typically the TV shows the resolution of the video source, not the resolution it is displaying. Some HDTV's can accept 1080i/1080p sources, but will automatically downscale the picture to 720p. That happens 100% of the time with native 720p televisions that are displaying 1080i sources.

What kind of TV do you have?

#3 Posted by Duckman5 (18934 posts) -
Most HDTV can accept and display a 1080P picture when using HDMI. Mine does the same thing.
#4 Posted by BostonDieNasty (742 posts) -

when i bought my TV in the corner of the box in bright bold letters it said 720p display but when i setup my ps3 with hdmi, in the corner it says its displaying at 1080p. when i launch a game it goes to the native resolution supported which is usually 720p. when i launch a game like wipeout HD that supports 1080p it stays at 1080p. my question is why is my tv displaying 1080p when it only supposrts 720p. is the box a lie?psn_Jaimzl

same thing with my tv i got a sony 50 inch rear projection and it says 720 but everything comes out at 1080

#5 Posted by psn_Jaimzl (1241 posts) -

Typically the TV shows the resolution of the video source, not the resolution it is displaying. Some HDTV's can accept 1080i/1080p sources, but will automatically downscale the picture to 720p. That happens 100% of the time with native 720p televisions that are displaying 1080i sources.

What kind of TV do you have?

bdhoff

26" INSIGNIA

#6 Posted by bizzy420 (2730 posts) -
doesnt matter what it says, the tv is still scaling to your native res.
#7 Posted by bdhoff (4104 posts) -

doesnt matter what it says, the tv is still scaling to your native res.bizzy420
Right. When you start up your PS3 and it says 1080p in the corner, that is not the output resolution. Many people believe that it is, so they think that their native 720p television is really displaying 1080p. What's really happening, however, is the TV is telling you that the input source is 1080p, but behind the scenes it is actually dowscaling the picture to display at 720p.

For example, look at the spec sheet for the Samsung LN40A450:

http://www.samsung.com/us/system/consumer/product/2008/03/05/ln40a450c1dxza/ln40A450_spec.pdf

It is a native 720p TV (1366x768 pixels) but accepts 1080p as an input source. Since it doesn't have enough pixels to display at 1080p (1980x1080 pixels) it has to downscale it.

#8 Posted by tanaoeurn1987 (16 posts) -

im new to this hdtvstuff, so please bare with me.

i have a 32" vizio.720p. i have an xbox 360, and a ps3

when i play gears of war on the xbox 360 i hit the display botton its says 1080p. (how is it displaying 1080p when my tv is 720p)

when im playing ps3 metal gear, display says 1080p, but when im playing motor storm its 720p.

Why is that. i dont get it. xbox 360 is using component cables. and ps3 is using HDMI. (does it matter what hdmi wire your using or it dont matter)

also with movies i own a copy of hancock blue ray. its full hd. when i play it on the ps3 it have a display of 1080p. if my tv is 720p how is it displaying 1080p.

#9 Posted by tanaoeurn1987 (16 posts) -
sorry question answered
#10 Posted by tanaoeurn1987 (16 posts) -
well you know what i bought the wrong tv. didnt know anything about 720p or 1080p. i tought mine was 1080p all along guess not. so 32 inch tv are always 720p correct?
#11 Posted by FunkyMonkeyX (20 posts) -
I've got the same thing =)
#12 Posted by 69Chills69 (7 posts) -

my question is: if you are running a 1080p application on a 720p display, so that it is downscaled, does it look better or is it exactly the same?

#13 Posted by MethodManFTW (24975 posts) -
#14 Edited by 69Chills69 (7 posts) -

so your not going to answer?.... harsh

#15 Posted by ghstbstr (8747 posts) -

Isn't most PS3 games 720p? It seems that way when I play them. Just about every game I play on the Xbox360 is 1080p.

#16 Posted by Prince_Denspion (2508 posts) -

I bought a 32" Dynex about 2 years ago and noticed the same thing, its native resolution is 720p but when on the PS3 it shows 1080p, i had thought it was upscaling although not native, but still, 720p on a 32" still looks almost as good as 1080p.

#17 Edited by bezza2011 (1919 posts) -

if you buy a 720p HDTV in 17in/26in/32in/42in/125in.

it will only show you a 720p image because it can't do 1080p.

the source what you see in the top right or left corner when the game/film/whatever is what the source is, and not what your tv can do, this is just letting you know it accepts it but it is still playing it in 720p

#19 Posted by ghstbstr (8747 posts) -

@bezza2011:

I can post on this forum or anywhere I want since i have been a member here for over 7 years. I am sorry that what I notice and posts bothers you.

#20 Posted by dipdish (784 posts) -

@bdhoff said:
doesnt matter what it says, the tv is still scaling to your native res.bizzy420
Right. When you start up your PS3 and it says 1080p in the corner, that is not the output resolution. Many people believe that it is, so they think that their native 720p television is really displaying 1080p. What's really happening, however, is the TV is telling you that the input source is 1080p, but behind the scenes it is actually dowscaling the picture to display at 720p.

For example, look at the spec sheet for the Samsung LN40A450:

http://www.samsung.com/us/system/consumer/product/2008/03/05/ln40a450c1dxza/ln40A450_spec.pdf

It is a native 720p TV (1366x768 pixels) but accepts 1080p as an input source. Since it doesn't have enough pixels to display at 1080p (1980x1080 pixels) it has to downscale it.

Once my sister had one of that TVs, and the difference between native 1080p and 720p is vivid on PS3.