PlayStation 3: Chasing the 1080p Dream, Half Two – Revisiting Wipeout HD, Pixel Junk and extra

Welcome to the second installment of PlayStation 3: Chasing the 1080p Dream. It is DF Retro’s most in depth venture up to now, spanning a whole console era, with John Linman trying to observe down full HD assist for Sony’s eighth-generation machines, together with a number of the greatest – and worst – titles for the system. Within the first episode, we traced the beginnings of the PS3, why Sony focused 1080p in its advertising and marketing, and what the ultimate video games regarded like through the first few years of the console’s life cycle. This second installment continues through the PS3’s ‘powerful’ interval, the place first-party triple-A juggernauts had been skinny on the bottom and ‘triples’ had been nonetheless struggling to compete within the multi-platform enviornment towards the Xbox 360. For 1080p gaming. .. We witnessed an unmitigated victory, however elsewhere, the Full HD image was not as clear as we anticipated.

Nonetheless, going into 2008, Sony made various favorable strikes for its consoles. Large exclusives like Metallic Gear Strong 4 and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift had been crowd pleasers, the console obtained a welcome value lower, and previous wrongs had been rectified – rumble returned to PlayStation controllers. And with a couple of years of growth below their belts, at the very least a transfer in the fitting path for multi-platform titles. Recreation growth started to shift extra in direction of options and constancy versus decision, which means that the time interval lined partially two of our video appears too quick for the needs of our story, even when the console’s fortunes had been enhancing total.

Half two of DF Retro’s lookback on the PlayStation 3’s Full HD library features a take a look at Wipeout HD, together with a number of different titles – however what number of are all of the Ps?.

Nevertheless, one in all Sony’s greatest franchises returns within the type of the wonderful WipEout HD – a recreation that also seems to be and performs fantastically right now. This works as a result of Studio Liverpool began with PSP property and constructed the sport with 1080p output decision in thoughts, deploying an early type of dynamic decision scaling to raised stabilize efficiency. My tech interview from the day is value studying for extra particulars, and within the video above, it is nice to see that the title nonetheless holds up.

Elsewhere, 2008’s Full HD choices fall considerably quick, regardless of some highlights from Pixel Junk Eden and Echochrome – easy, however extremely efficient and looking out nice at 1080p. FIFA Avenue 3 and MLB The Present delivered full body pixel counts, however successfully pressured you to decide on between decision or frame-rate – 1080p30 or 720p60, relying on the choice chosen on the PS3’s front-end. Capcom’s retro remakes of 1942 Joint Strike and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando additionally carried out nicely in 720p mode – a couple of years in the past builders and publishers would agree that typically 2D artwork was higher suited to enhancing older video games (Bionic Commando in Inexperienced is nice. Price trying out although is).

Transferring on to 2009, the PlayStation 3 was revamped with its basic Slim iteration, whereas the software program started to search out its kind with some consistency with the sensible Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 lastly arriving – but it surely was a muted time for Full HD titles on the triple. MLB 09 improved visuals in Full HD mode, restoring post-processing results lacking from its predecessor. Nevertheless, 720p60 was a better option, even in the event you configure your PS3 for 1080p, you will get a 720p image – simply disabling the 720p possibility on the front-end offers you full HD output.

A part of John Linman’s largest ever DF Retro venture, masking the primary two years of the PlayStation 3’s full HD library.

Different 2009 titles to focus on all Ps embrace Katamari Ceaselessly, Fats Princess (1080p30 on Unreal Engine 3!) and a brace of titles impressed by the gravity defying epics Gravitor and Thrust. Simply Add Water’s debut – Gravity Crash – is harking back to Geometry Wars in {that a} vector graphics aesthetic is an ideal match for each idea and {hardware} capabilities, delivering a locked 1080p60. Even right now this recreation has survived nicely. Q-Video games’ Pixel Junk Shooter is even higher, with 32,768 particles at 60Hz, spreading the work in parallel throughout 5 of the six SPUs obtainable on the Cell processor, including to the idea with a shocking fluid simulation. Full HD could not have made a lot of an impression within the triple-An area on the time, however deployed skillfully, it may nonetheless make an enormous distinction in a recreation like this.

That is solely probably the most fundamental of the overviews of the content material lined on this second a part of PlayStation 3: 1080p Dream, so clearly, I like to recommend watching the entire video above, and in the event you missed the primary half, you’ll be able to’t fail to spot. Embed above. Retro Tier Backers of the DF Supporter Program can watch the complete episode, mysteriously, proper now, feeling heat and fuzzy understanding that your assist solely makes such an enormous deal doable. In any other case, be part of us subsequent week for the third installment of this epic saga, from 2010 to 2012 and the arrival of Gran Turismo 5.

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