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Can you tell the difference between 720p and 1080p when you play video games?

Yes, I can. 110 74.83%
No, I cannot. 37 25.17%
Hedra42 said:

Yeah, but this is about the difference between 720p and 1080p - I just did that exercise on YouTube and couldn't really notice any difference. The optimal viewing distance graph haqquaton posted makes a lot of sense, though.

Youtube compression. Go to your screen resolution on your desktop wallpaper and change from 720p to 1080p and I'd be amazed if you don't see a difference.

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Just changes the size and skews the image? OK, I'll take your word for it...

I'm sure there are plenty who don't put much value in the difference, but i find it very difficult to believe anyone who says they can't see any difference in an optimal comparison. I find the alternative, that those of us who can (which appears to the majority) have better eyes or are somehow inherently more observant, improbable.

adriane23 said:

Followup to my other thread.

I can tell pretty easily (I can USUALLY tell the difference between 900p and 1080p), but some people claim to not notice a difference.

Well depends on what your setup is and what you are doing.

If you have an average TV with motion blur maybe even with ghosting.

And you are playing fast games with AA and motion blur you cannot really that the image lacks half the details of a 1080p scene. (Human eye does have bad motion resolution anyway. TVs also have thats why they always show stills or slomo footage in stores)

If its a still image then totally. Because I have enough time to spot everything.

Anything that's not 1080p on a 1080p TV will look blurry. 900p is a bit blurry but when all your other games are in 1080p you notice right away.. 720p just lack details at this point there is no more subtelty at all.

Now it bothers me A LOT more in games than on movies (however DVD quality bother me).

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Yes. I thought I didn't but it actually does make a good difference.

900p vs 1080p no. In that case I can't actually tell.

Yes i do.

Yes of course. Its pretty easy to tell the difference between the two.


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I don't give a fuck about frame rate and resolution as long as the game is playable. My PC could run Devil May Cry at 280fps and i'm playing FF XIII at 30 - 60 fps now.

Back in PlaystationOne era, most good games only ran at 18fps (battle) and 30fps(world map).

Yes, if you can't you need to have your eyes checked.

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