In the past few years, consoles have had some serious issues when they first launch, and the PlayStation 3 is no different. The PS3 is currently having problems with high definition scaling. If you don’t have a HDTV that supports 1080p, the console sets itself to output 1080i, which leads to a picture that looks basically like a normal DVD. My PS3 is set to output 720p, yet, when I tried to watch Talladega Nights (the Blu-Ray movie included with PS3), the PS3 changed itself to output 1080i instead. Honestly, the DVD didn’t look bad, but it didn’t look like anything special either. As soon as I finished watching the Blu-Ray, I changed the PS3’s output to 720p again.
The same problem doesn’t occur when you play any Blu-Ray games. The PlayStation 3 games Resistance: Fall of Man and Call of Duty 3 both looked great when scaled at 720p. Sony’s customer support already knows of the issue, and is also saying we’ll see a firmware update to fix it in a couple of days. Other than the problem with Blu-Ray playback, the PS3 also has problems while accessing the Sony store. Users (including me) have had their PS3’s lag, crash and stall while browsing the store. There’s not a lot of content available on the store, so it’s not a big deal anyway, but I’m hoping Sony can get these little bugs ironed out so I can at least see what all the Blu-Ray fuss is about.
Blu-Ray Playback Problems With PlayStation 3 [loot ninja]