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HD content + SD television = ?

SaraLunaSaraLuna Registered User regular
edited August 2007 in Games and Technology
I currently have a SD sony set (this one.) I plan on upgrading to HD sometime mid-to-late next year.

That said, I'm getting a 360 in the next month or so and I'm wondering if I should go ahead and get the hd-dvd drive now or wait until I have a set that will take full advantage of it. My questions are as follows:
  • Will it be able to play hd-dvds on an sd set at all? I would assume it is able to 'downscale' content to 480i, however I've not seen anything confirming that.
  • assuming it can downscale, how noticeable would the difference be between hd and standard dvds, if at all? (I'll be using component cables, if it matters)
  • I don't actually have a third question, I just can't stand having a bulleted list with only two items


edit: next week best buy is running a promo for a free hd copy of 300 in addition to the pack-in king kong + 5 others. I figure I can sell off the ones I don't want to recoup almost half the cost

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    ArthArth Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    My money says they'll downscale, and you will notice no real difference on a regular TV. I'm planning on buying a 360 myself even though all I have is a 20 inch SDTV. I mean, the TV's all of three feet from my bed, and five feet from my computer desk. My room is tiny.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    • I don't actually have a third question, I just can't stand having a bulleted list with only two items

    <3

    The best quality that and SD TV can display is DVD, unless you would benefit from the "Dolby True-HD" lossless audio I don't think you would notice any difference of DVD to HD DVD, except cost.

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    Mmmm... Cocks...Mmmm... Cocks... Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Well, quick question if you'll be using component doesn't that mean the TV will due 480p? I mean it's not HD but don't people call it like enhanced definition or something. I'm gonna bet money that your old DVD player was composite so you would see a slight set up in quality, but you'd see the same step up by playing your same old DVDs over the 360. If you really wanted a reason you could pick up the VGA adapter. The 360 does 1080p over VGA now right?

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    SaraLunaSaraLuna Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I just checked on my wii, and no - the tv doesn't like a 480p signal.

    And yeah, I'm using a ps2/oxbox over composite for my current dvd player, so I'll be getting a upgrade either way.

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    MashalotMashalot Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Yeah, I've got a similar sony, no progressive scan. Does have a 16:9 function though.

    Artheleron... just take note that text in some games / converted HD content text may still be a total eyestrain to read. No matter how close you get. The resolution isn't there. My friend had a huuugeass tube SDTV (probably close to 40" or something) in a small room and still had problems with the text in Dead Rising.

    I would have thought that by itself a SDTV shouldn't be able to interpret HD signals, it would be up to the 360 or whatever to do the conversion then poop it out through composite or maybe component.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The HDDVD will look pretty much exactly the same as a regular DVD if you downscale it to 480i.

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