Hey there guys,
My current set up for playing SSF4 is on my PS3, through HDMI on a 50 inch Panasonic Plasma (Viera G10 model for those that know). This is a full 1080p HD TV but SSF4 on PS3 is always outputted at 720p ? which I believe is the intended resolution for this game, although the Xbox 360 upscales the game to 1080p. Should I then be concerned about lag when playing SSF4 on my PS3 if the TV?s native resolution is 1080p? I read somewhere that a HDTV will always output at its native resolution and it?s when it?s forced to scale the image to that resolution through processing where the lag is caused. When I play SSF4 on my PS3 an information box always pops up in the top left corner of the screen telling me it?s now outputting at 720p, and then when I quit the game back to the PS3?s XMB a new box tells me it?s now 1080p again. This is slightly confusing because I?m not sure if this means that when I see the 720p message the TV is telling me what the source (ie PS3) is outputting rather than what I?m actually seeing on the screen. If TV?s only output at their native resolutions then what?s the point of telling me what my input is producing?
I?ve recently stopped playing SSF4 altogether on my 32 inch 1080i LCD Samsung because the lag difference between that and my Panasonic was so apparent that I?d miss combos and punishes. Coupled with the apparent input lag of the PS3 over the 360 with this game it would appear that I was playing in another time zone (lol!).
For these reasons I?m considering getting a TE Stick and game for my 360 as I want to play this game competitively but now that my LCD Sammy?s not fit for this sort of game I need another tv to practice on ? yeah, you try telling my missus to stop hogging the Panny in the living room!
I know this has been a long post but is there anybody out there who could offer any clarity on the above or suggest an alternative to the Samsung for a bedroom practicing environment? I?m considering the 42 inch version of my Panasonic (TXP42G10) as I?m quite confident that for gaming this is a very good set, but I don?t know of much other options. Also what do you reckon about changing set ups from PS3 to the 360? I have the console already so all I?d need is the TE Stick and game.
P.S. I?m based in London so some models may be different or unavailable here.