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God Of War III Runs Natively At 720p With 1080p Upscaling

In addition to a bunch of new screens, we've got some new technical information concerning the massively anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive, God of War III.

It was a focal point over at the PlayStation Blog yesterday, where we got several new mouth-watering screens along with the confirmation from SCEA Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein that the game will run at a native 720p high-definition resolution, with the option to upscale to the maximum 1080p. Furthermore, as noted by Examiner.com, GoWIII director Stig Asmussen told an Arabic gaming site that the frame rate will vary throughout the experience. Depending on the situation and the action on the screen, the frame rate will range between 30 and 60 frames per second, which isn't exactly surprising. We already know that SCEA's impending masterpiece has a good chance of once again setting the bar for graphical superiority, most recently set by Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. And by the way, if you're a fan of brilliant visuals, you'll definitely want to check out another PS3 exclusive in February, Heavy Rain.

In case you've been living under a rock on Mars, God of War III will release in March. It should be out only a week after Final Fantasy XIII, though, so the competition should remain steep.

Related Game(s): God of War III

1/18/2010 9:00:29 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (64 posts)

Alienange
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 9:42:34 PM
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Well that's not bad, but will it update my Twitter to let my friends know that I'm disemboweling Greek gods?

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:34:33 AM

ALl i have to say is:

Hell Yeah!

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Godslim
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:10:17 PM

yeh not bad at all at least it doesnt do what cod4 did with its rubbish upscaled hd

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CaptRon
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 9:45:44 PM
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God Of War 3 will kick sooo much ass. I can't spare a dime till that game gets released.

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ExhumeART
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 9:55:10 PM

Oblivion ftw

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inkme101
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 9:54:17 PM
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i dunno its a lot faster paced than u2 i think its easier to notice the visuals in u2. itll be close for sure. im sure all the blood will win everyone over though. lol

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Hezzron
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 9:56:44 PM
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Kratos slaughters about 25 characters a second, so the game would HAVE to run at 30 to 60 frames per second.

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fooosie
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:23:40 PM
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Maybe when I flip that coin, heads: God Of War wins. Tails: Heavy Rain lose

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BTNwarrior
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:25:40 PM
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only a week from FF13, that sucks.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:39:20 PM

But at least you won't go lacking with GOWIII (It isn't missing bunches of now-stolen content)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:39:17 PM
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So like, ya know, where's Highlander? I still don't know much about how an option in game upscales 720p to 1080p and what the effect is for the viewer. Doesn't my TV already try to do this? Help a brother out. What does it all MEAN man? I just want everything in 1080p.

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:42:15 AM

Well I'm no master of the subject but i had read something about it earlier.

There really doesn't seem to be much of a difference between the two except when it comes to HD DVD or Blu Ray. Apparently when you have a movie using solely blu ray technology, the standard resolution is at 1080p, when you watch a blu ray movie on a 720p set up, it has to scale down. It will accept the blue ray signal but is has to down convert the format to a lesser resolution, therefore robbing of a "true" HD experience.

As for gaming I'm not sure, if the game is set in stone at 720p and can be upscaled to 1080p, then maybe it reacts the same way with a blu ray move (1080p resolution downscaled to a lesser resolution). So if you want to play it at 1080p, use a tv with that type of resolution. IF you have a 720p, use the set resolution.

I mean i can barely tell the difference between the two, you have to be sitting inches away from the tv though.

Please, anyone feel free to correct me hahaha

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just2skillf00l
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:53:43 PM
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Yeah Highlander's the man for this situation. When unknowledgable about anything tech-related, Highlander is the go-to-guy. Where doth he dwell?

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BlackBriar
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:57:53 PM
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The game is going to be great, Regardless

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King James
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:59:23 PM
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I can't wait

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:19:23 AM

me neither

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ryandon69
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:02:25 PM
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cannot wait to get my hands on this..... i can already see me losing more sleep...... this is gonna be awesome

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:04:47 PM
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I'm definitely getting this instead of FF 13(especially after all the crap I heard about it). I'll get FF 13 when it's on sale.

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godsman
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:41:05 PM
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Is there a noticeable difference between 30 fps and 60 fps? I rather it be consistent frame rate, rather to have it run super smoothly at 60, then drop to 30. What is Uncharted 2's frame rate?

I guess PS4 will be the console to run at 1080p natively for all games.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:11:13 AM

Yes. Play Modern Warfare 2 then play Killzone 2. You'll notice the difference.

I think for A game like GOW it won't matter though.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:40:35 AM

Jawknee-

I know what your trying to say, which your right in your explanation. But I THINK KZ2 ran at 30 fps also...

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Jawknee
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:29:16 PM

MW2 is 60/fps and KZ2 is 30/fps. People say you can't tell the difference but you can. Especially in these two games.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:00:16 PM

ok gotcha... just thought you were explaining it the toehr way around! my bad...

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Robochic
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:43:51 PM
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@ World Agree with you wheres Highlander to explain all of this to me as well, i know my TV is like 720p with upscaling to 1080i and 1080p I think so i really don't get how the upscaling works to be honest it's always confused me.
Can't wait for this game its going to dominate March or heck it's just going to dominate.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:49:46 AM

Everyone who mentions me gets a thumbs up :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:24:16 PM

Okay, and everyone who thumbs me down will meet my scythe in Hell.

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Juanalf
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:14:33 AM
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Those screens look sick, definitely a giant leap graphically over the E3 demo.I going to make sure this game last me for the entire month.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:19:25 AM
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As long as it's in HD it's all good

In fact, to notice true 1080p you need a 50inch+ HDTV

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___________
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:30:00 AM

that could not be more false.
me and my father have the exact model laptops, only difference is he broke his screen and to save money bought a 720P screen opposed to the 1080P original.
watching bluray movies on my laptop looks much better and clearer than on his one.
switch to a 20 inch PC monitor and the differences are quite clear.

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godsman
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:34:14 AM

That's cause PC, you are like 2 feet away. For a 50+ inch TV, you usually sit 10-20 feet away.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:00:02 AM

What? I sit about five feet away from my 57" because it's awesome.

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___________
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:45:38 AM

thats far too close, your going to send yourself to the optometrist.
i sit a good 4M away from my 32 inch ATM any closer and my eyes start to sting and run like a fire hose!

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 8:32:52 AM

Blank line - I thumbs'd you down for using the metric system....as well as using the metric system and the customary system in the same sentence.

Also for sitting 12 feet away from a 32inch TV...and shouldn't that be an 81.28cm TV??

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Sunni_Boi
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:31:47 PM

Ice Cold Sven! But I Gave You A Thumbs Up Cuz I Thought It Was Funny!

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___________
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:27:04 AM
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thats............ disappointing.
i remember back just after E3 last year stig was asked if the game will run at 1080P 30FPS or 720P 60FPS and he said at the moment we have not got it to 1080P yet, though there is still plenty time so were trying to get it to the 1080P 60FPS.
and they have achieved neither :(
whats the point in having a full HD TV if very few take full advantage of it?

remember the 1080P 120FPS father ken promised us?
3 years after release and we barley have any games that run at native 1080P, let alone one that runs at 60FPS, let alone one that runs at 120.
im starting to wonder if it was just PR talk, as usual.

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godsman
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:50:07 AM

If you have a choice of saving 20-30% of the PS3 power to make it run 60 fps, or add more details in the game, what would you choose?

I doubt it'll ever be 60 fps, unless that becomes the standard, like 720p is the standard. Developers would rather reserve that extra power for extra AI enemy in GOW3 or a much larger scale in the environment.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:56:11 AM

"whats the point in having a full HD TV if very few take full advantage of it?"

Well, for starters, most peoples' TVs only go to 720P, maybe 1080i. Much like you indirectly pointed out, most people will buy a 720P TV instead of a 1080P TV because they are cheaper. Usually said people don't feel the need for a 1080P TV since the average consumer doesn't notice much of a difference between 720P and 1080P, except on large displays. Those large displays have only recently become affordable for the average consumer.

Besides that, there many people who don't even want HD. Upscaling is just fine for them. That's why Santa Monica will offer upscaled 1080P instead of native 1080P. Why do all that work for such a small audience who can truly appreciate it?

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:01:42 AM

Large displays have been affordable for years. I got my 57" for $1300 and that was almost three years ago. I only wish that I'd gone with the 65". Time to put my foot through this one and get a replacement.

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___________
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:44:13 AM

you cant find any 720P screens anymore.
every single TV i have looked at recently and theres allot because im thinking of getting a new one for my room.
every single TV these days is 1080P, a standard 32 inch would set you back 700 AUD depending on the brand.
a cheapie no name brand would cost you 500 and there still 1080P
im a little worried on the graphics side.
GOW 1 looked amazing for its time, GOW2 came out and blew everything away it looked better than some ps3 games for crying out loud!
i dont see the jump in GOW3 that we saw from 1 to 2.
and as far as im concerned santa monica are the best developers out there, if they cant do 1080P 60FPS than who can?

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Shatterday
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:10:14 AM

You don't see the jump we saw from 1 to 2, in 3?

Have you played the E3 demo? It's like night and day.

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Roach721
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:59:56 AM
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I know a bit about home theater and this is the way it goes.
720p represents 1,280 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 720 pixels down the screen vertically. This arrangement yields 720 horizontal lines on the screen, which are, in turn, displayed progressively, or each line displayed following another.

1080i represents 1,920 pixels displayed across a screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down a screen vertically. This arrangement yields 1,080 horizontal lines, which are, in turn, displayed alternately. In other words, all the odd lines are displayed, followed by all the even lines.

1080p, on the other hand, represents 1,080 horizontal lines displayed sequentially. This means all lines are displayed during the same pass. 1080p is the highest quality HD display format.

Visually, there is very little difference to the eye of the average consumer between 720p and 1080i. However, 720p can deliver a slightly smoother-looking image, due to the fact that lines and pixels are displayed in a consecutive pattern, rather than in an alternate pattern. Now when comparing 720p to 1080p it's a tad bit more noticeble but really you would have to have very good vision or a good trained eye to see a difference.Maybe if you had two tv's exactly the same running side by side then you would notice and you would still have to look for small differences.

Hope all this helps.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:51:05 AM

@ffrulez

Sorry ffrulez, gonna have to give you thumbs down on that one. Since the 360 made SE cut out a BIG majority of the original content, I can definately wait for FFXIII. GOWIII, however, is a PS3 exclusive and a LONG awaited trilogy of the GOW series. I agree, however, that FFXIII will be pretty good. Just not as good as it could have been...

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 8:43:47 AM

Although I can't wait for both, but if I gotta choose it would have to be FFXIII.

It's been 4 years since the last FF came out so my anticipation list gotta have FFXIII on top.

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Shatterday
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:12:34 AM

That's a tough one. SE definitely rubbed a lot of us the wrong way.

We should all be counting on Versus to show "what could have been".

It used to be a nobrainer... not so much anymore.

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Juanalf
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:01:10 PM

This is one reason why I like PSXE, to get laughs from funny comments like in ffrulez's post.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:23:13 PM

okay..but for me its Yakuza 3 and God of War 3 CE.


FFXIII until drops to 29.99

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 7:16:55 PM

I would normaly agree with that, but from what FFXIII seems to be i have to disagree, Though in all honesty im more interested in Dantes Inferno at the moment.

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:02:01 AM

His username is "ffrulez" cut my buddy some slack haha.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:56:00 AM
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No 60 FPS?
And I thought it would.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:35:56 AM
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Awww, I really hoped for it to be native 1080p... gonna get it regardless still, so oh well.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:44:25 AM
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Gonna be awesome! I cant get over the demo! It made it an absolute day one purchase. It put back into perspective Kratos is king when it comes to these types of games! Will sell blood if I have to to buy this, but should be ok!

I wanted Native 1080p, but this will suffice. Either way it going to look amazing. The fact that the fps don't dip below 30 makes it amazing considering theres supposed to be upwards towards 50+ enemies on screen, sweeeet!

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:46:01 AM

And add the awesome epic scale from those pics I just saw and you got one hell of an exclusive.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:52:10 AM
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I am kinda sad that it's not going to be Native 1080p... But it should still look quite amazing. We're too picky on graphics and visual quality these days... Aaah... Let's go back to the world of completely visible blocky pixels... Okay, never mind, bring on the 720p lol.
At least there's an option to upscale it to the full 1080p...
Can't wait for this game!

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:06:29 AM
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Another thing, Uncharted 2 is my numero uno in graphics, PS3 exclusives, and of all so I'll just have to wait and see if it can beat U2... I'm very skeptical about it beating U2, but I intend to find out asap.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 6:01:42 AM
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ANOTHER thing, (Wow I'm even annoying myself!) it's so surprising all these games are coming out in the spring. Usually the really good ones come out in the fall... So, what's with the big change?

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tanner1
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 6:45:35 AM
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@ the guy with no name, Polyphony Digital and Liverpool Studios can. Anyway who cares, Uncharted 2 was 720p 30 fps and what looks or runs better than that on any console?

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 8:39:44 AM

UC2 wasn't 60fps?

And it looked so smooth.

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dveisalive
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 7:02:42 AM
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i would recommend 720p for gaming for it is native resolution. There is no such thing as 1080p yet, for every PS3/360 game gets upscaled. Thats why you get that grainy look that gives the detail a very sharp edge. There is a such thing as HD lag though. Shoot there isn't even a true 720p game out yet. I believe the PS4 will have true HD graphics next gen.

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Ricochet
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:03:24 AM
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IGN, Joystiq, GamesRadar and N'Gai were pretty much unprepared what was coming to them. An epic battle on the ARM of Gaia. HOLY F*CKS-NIT I'm using this as wallpaper for my desktop and I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS IS REAL-TIME.

Uncharted 2 - BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER ALREADY?

Santa Monica Studios does not disappoint, 1080P OR NOT!



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Imagi
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:33:54 AM
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Sweet, screen shots are mental! cannot wait to see this in motion.

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Cuetes
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:06:59 PM
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It's rather obvious some of you don't have 1080P as an option, 720p does not look better than 1080p, I got a 50 inch 1080p T.v. and 24 inch 720p, there is no competition.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:18:38 AM
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actually as i think, there wont be any competition in March, as some of the speculations implied that GOW3 will compete with FF13 --- the real truth is that gamers will simply get both, and both are the king of their genres.

also, whoever only buy one of them is because they dont like the other genre, NOT because one game won over the other.

so the point is -- there is actually no competition between GOW3 and FF13.

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:03:19 AM
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Lame, I thought that (they said) it was going to always be 60fps and native 1080p.

Oh well, Kratos FTW!

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orangpelupa
Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 7:42:06 PM
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for those playing PS3 using HDTV, 720p upscaled to 1080p will look similar.

but for those playing PS3 using LCD Monitor, and sit like 30cm from screen, the difference between 720p, upscaled 1080p, and native 1080p is very noticable

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btw why always blame X360 for something not good happened on FF XIII?

you PS3 and X360 owners should be gratefull with the multiplatform quality.

We pc gamer, often got bad port for multiplatform game. and we not blame the X360 or PS3. its all up to the developer.

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