if you have 40 inch hdtv set it to 1080p, it will reduce black level and not be as sharp, that is if you consider ps3 good graphics quality. You want that signal.
minor note: Usually glare, dark levels, aliasing and bump-mapping loss is less than 40 inch noticable. You know the 'unreal' effect from ut technology or close wall effects will be loss ala batman's threading on his chest muscles in batman arkham asylum on a smaller or native plasma hd television. 720p is then reccomended.
From my experience, here is a list of televisions I have tested with xbox 360:
Vizio 720p native HD under 36 inch - best res at 720p. True HD. Better textures, more noticable upclose bump-mapping textures appear. Sharper. Works with 1080p to reduce AA levels except lacks in sharpness and visible textures. 480p reduced component signal and 1080p standard or default is noticably reduced.
Sanyo 480p native HDMI tube - diamond cathode tube, false HD, best res at 1080i. 480p equivalent (sharp, strong signal). Blurred 720p signal (not sharp).
Sony 1080p native HD 50 inch - seems to be best at 1080p because of reduced black levels or what I call the 'bland effect' as compared to the use of ps3's cpu (# of gflops make its cpu much more powerful eg larger environments for HD). Reduced sharpness. Less Aliasing problems as well. True HD. No texture difference in scaling.
Usually the formentioned is most common, albeit it really depends on your setup and what tv *plasma* you have.
::Minor update cus im bored. The Vizio was infact a Proscan by General electronics (consumer electronics&gm or something) but all hd tvs at 24 inch or less act the same way with 720p eg sharper gra[phics and picture. You can get sony, vizio or watever and infact it will most likely be the same tv with the same functions. However i rec these tvs for xbox 360 since its in 720p. Ps3 can be good for 1080p tvs or 32inch and up but the graphics are simply considered when playing the type of game. FPS usually is better on ps3 because of the enhanced environments due to ram, but if you like games like arkham asylum, or arcade+racing with all the textures on the cape and roads etc. visible go for xbox 360. Besides who uses pc monitors these days anyways? I don't even use it for my PC gamebooster advanced sys care o/s. There is a stand-by mode which always works better than any console and its almost always auto-maintenance. Sure its only a 64bit cpu without a videocard installed, but with everything optimized i can run cs source at 60+ fps give or take the 1gig of ram. Thats why i have 360 on a seperate ethernet cord. Its for actual games. I go for stable over an over-hauled pc or console anyday. Thats why i only own pc, ps3 and dreamcast. That makes the double hd connecter come to use.
My Online Experience with Consoles in HD
Besides I'm one of those sad fanboys with a modem subscription and online access to the now defunct dreamcast system (over 200 games as well). I play xbox 360 by myself, but if a friend were to come over, wed play 2 player pc games like mugen, or dreamcast 4 player. I never use my xbox 360 for multiplayer party games. Its merely their for visual experience, which my pc would do if i upgraded it instead of bought the 360. But since 360 has netflix, youtube, better online exp etc now i went there. I would still play dreamcast if the games were online more than 360 though. Besides, Why play perfect dark zero online if youre not good at it? Why play pc games online if u dont have the hardware? When you have grawl and overg to fufill your experience it takes over but something's missing. Quake III, AFO, PSO and UT on the Dreamcast. I suck at 360 online unless its like graw...but my pc is great though. Almost acts like a console all in its own.
Why you ask did i abandon the past? WHy no systems like nes, snes etc. Because well they can be emulated on dc and pc...well not mine because its 64bit..maybe my work pc upstairs but thats like 1ghz speed 512 ram very slow. Besides Ps3 lacks what I needed, a PC gaming type setup eg red alert style without the hardware issues or incompatiblities. For strategy and reastic sim gamers like me whom don't play games all the time.
One qualm i have, PS3 SONY...u need more flightsims, like actual overg type sims on ps3 that act like flightsims. The lack of my knowledge for any puts me in dismay. The hardware is there but no sequal to aerowings or watever can be found, sadly...i mean com' on, even a new franchise would work...UFO area 51 flightsim anybody?:cool: