So I finally hooked my 360 up to my 720p HDTV today through HDMI, went to the consoles display settings and set it to play at 720p. I launched SSF4 and immediately noticed that something was amiss as soon as the menu came up.
Before this I had been playing on the same TV in SD stretched to the “Full” setting on my TV (has natural, 3 TheatreWide settings, and Full). In HD the SSF4 logo at the intro screen seemed much larger, and the copyright text below it was FAR closer to the bottom of the screen. I hit start, and sure enough the main menu was totally wonky.
Normally, it is Ken and Ryu fighting, and at the top of them a chain goes diagonally across the screen with a fairly large space above them and the “Arcade Mode” text. In HD, pretty much the entire space above them was completely gone, therefore all the text was much closer to the top of the screen, but it also seems closer to the side as well. The image of Ken and Ryu is also far larger.
All of this happens in both 720p and 1080i settings, so I feel like parts of the gameplay are being cut out. The game looks more detailed, sure, but the fact that I can see more in the menus in SD than I can in HD seems really strange to me.
Am I doing something wrong?