In the Midst of Moving

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I have been a bit busy lately with moving.

No, I'm not moving from Portland, Oregon, but I am moving from a tiny 110 square foot room into a 1 Bedroom Apartment with around 500 square feet that is closer to work.

I also recently purchased a new 27 inch Widescreen Plasma HDTV which was on sale (the brand is Olevia; they are a fairly new company, but have gotten good reviews), which should make gaming interesting. I upgraded my PS2 cables to component and my Gamecube to S-Video (finding Component GC cables are next to impossible) and am planning on getting a DVD Player that upconverts the resolution to either 720p or 1080i.

Needless to say, I haven't tested any of this out yet, but I will be sure to post a full report when I do.

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All consoles from last gen

All consoles from last gen and current support component output. Gamecube (max 480p), PS2 (max 1080i), Xbox (max 1080i), Xbox 360 (max 1080i with component, 1080p VGA/DVI), PS3 (max 1080i with component, 1080p DVI) and Wii (max 480p).

Obviously all Xbox 360 and PS3 games support a minimum of 720p, but not all Wii games support 480p (or widescreen). Most Xbox games are in 480p (a very select few are in 480i for special effects purposes), with a small selection in 720p and a smaller selection still in 1080i. Most PS2 games are 480i, but many support 480p, with very few supporting 720p and 1080i. No GameCube games exceed 480p, though there are many that support it (most first party and Sega games are a good bet, for instance).

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my Ps2 remains connected to old 21" CRT

My Xbox (PAL) doesn´t output a good signal, it shows quite a bit of interference, even when connected through svideo. My PS2 has a clearer signal over RGB. But my PS2 and my original xbox remain connected to my old Sony Trinitron 21" CRT tv set in my game loft (which has changed considerably as I have stored quite a bit in nice plastic containers in a big cabinet on the landing, I must make some new pictures of it all). When connected through RGB-scart, which gives it the best picture quality, better than s-video I´d say. With all my consoles connected I can only connect the xbox through svideo and not RGB.
But as a test I did connect the both the xbox and the ps2 to my HDTV downstairs, the Xbox through svideo and the ps2 through scart-RGB. I did notice is that if the source connected to a HDTV outputs a slightly crappy the flaws are enhanced by the new TV `-> my original xbox looks crap with s-video a little better with scart RGB. If the signal is good like my PS2, but the picture itself is of a low resolution my HDTV does a pretty good job of upscaling it. The x360 is just amazing on my HDTV via component. I want more of my consoles to be able to connect to the HDTV with component video. I don´t have a component cable yet for either console only the 360. So which consoles support component?

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I have an older PS2 model.

I have an older PS2 model.

I agree it doesn't make any sense. S-Video works fine for PS2 games.

I did break down and purchase a Sony 5-Disc Upconverting DVD Player with HDMI outputs and I have to admit the image quality with HDMI compared to component is outstanding. It is more noticeable on DVDs with better remastering jobs than others (Star Wars Episode III looks ultra-crisp, while Star Trek: The Motion Picture looks a bit grainy, though this also has to do with the age of the film).

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That doesn't make any sense,

That doesn't make any sense, Mat. Mine runs and has always run fine with component cables for all modes (music, PS1, DVD's, PS2, CD's, etc.). Do you have a newer PS2 unit, the slimline one?

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
PS2 + Component + HDTV = Suck

Got the new TV hooked up and ran into an interesting quirk-- the PS2 works as a DVD Player with the Component Cables, but not for games.

I called the tech support of the manufacturers of the TV and they mentioned that several people have problems with PS2s working with Component Video on HDTVs. I decided to go and get a PS2 S-Video cable to use as a compromise of sorts. It is sort of dissapointing and I am going to try and look for a work-around to this problem if possible.

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I wouldn't worry about 1080p

I wouldn't worry about 1080p either right now. Eventually there will be more support, but the only things that universally support 1080p are HD-DVD's or Blu-Ray discs. Not even all the Xbox 360 or PS3 games support 1080p, since it's so expensive from a resource standpoint to get every game running natively at that resolution.

Even though my main TV supports 1080i, which is what I have my cable signal set at, I use my 360 at 720p, even though it can upconvert (or do some native) to 1080i. It's an old argument, but some prefer 720p since it's a progressive signal over 1080i's interlaced signal, even though the latter is at a higher resolution. Regardless, do whatever is the best output option for the device in question. Again, for me, my HD cable is native to 1080i, so no reason to change it, while the 360 has 100% support for 720p, so no reason to change that.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
I made a mistake-- it is a

I made a mistake-- it is a LCD, not a plasma. Plasmas are much more expensive! :)

I think my TV has 2 component inputs, which should be fine for now. Down the line I will be getting an X-Box 360, though that won't be any time soon. It also has an HDMI Input, which I plan on use for the upconverting DVD player.

As a general question, how much of a difference does 720p look compared to 1080i? My set doesn't support 1080p unfortunately, but the TV also isn't huge. I've heard an upconverting DVD player can help smooth things out a bit and was wondering if anyone has had experience using one to watch regular DVDs on a high def screen?

The specific model is an Olevia 327V.

As for switchers, I do have an older Pelican one for composite video inputs. I think I will still use it for audio only to switch between different devices to go into my 2.1 Altec Lansing Speakers. While I haven't tested the switcher for audio use only, I am fairly confident it should work.

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Ok, will see if they have this in PAL country...

This Pelican system you talk about might not be available in Europe. I'm going to check it out.
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The whole line of Pelican

The whole line of Pelican component video system selectors is excellent. I have their non-remote and remote versions, one on each HD TV, in my house. No issues.

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Cool!

If you can show us some pictures of your new place! It really is enormous compared to your old dwelling. I also purchased a HDTV 32" LCD TV by Samsung, pretty close to the model MrCustard replaced his broken LCD TV with. What made you choose a plasma TV instead of LCD? Plasmas consume a huge amount of power, way more than LCDs do. Been very glad I got it (together with my girlfriend of course. So it´s ours!) I wonder if there are good affordable component switch boxes out there?

Anyways, it´s great to play HD games on a HD TV. My girlfriend actually shouted ´Oh my god´ when she saw Gears of War explode on the brand new TV in HD splendor. The creepy thing is when you sit up close r to the screen you get this immersive (does this word exist? Non native writer at work here....) experience.

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