1280x720 vs 1920x1080 for the visually impaired

7 replies [Last post]
GraysonPeddie
GraysonPeddie's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/29/2006
Posts: 569

I have a question that I thought anyone might answer. Does anyone do a blind test to see if there are any differences between 1280x720 and 1920x1080? Well, I am visually impaired and when I once played The Last Remnant, I cannot tell the difference between the two resolutions when played at a screen size of 73" that my mom currently have in my mom's house. I say this because mostly, I play games like Final Fantasy X and XII for the PS2 and I mostly play emulated games. I am a serious gamer, but that does not mean that I use keyboard and mouse and for my experience, I don't think I'd have so much fun with that since my preference is a game controller (yes, I know that some genres are still the best with keyboard and mouse but that's not really the point of the thread). Plus, my eyes have gotten so accustomed to seeing blocky text and graphics since most emulated games that show at a native resolution of 1280x720 or higher.

When it comes to anti-aliasing, I don't think I'd ever pay attention unless I look at it very close at 1280x720, but then I don't have blurred vision at all.

So, like if you have great vision, you would push the resolution up to the highest that your monitor supports, such as 1920x1080 to get additional details, am I correct? If you have poor vision who may have some trouble distinguishing the differences between 1920x1080 and 1280x720, is it worth upgrading from 720p to 1080p resolution? Am I the only one in 3DGameMan who play games at 1280x720 or less?

My current vision condition is optic nerve hypoplasia. My left eye is blind but I do have good vision in my right eye.

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.

Allen86
Offline
Joined: 07/08/2008
Posts: 163

Beyond image quality improvements, higher resolution in majority games also yields higher field of vision in games as well, which is a bonus.

As for the actual image quality, there is a definite difference of image quality between 720p and 1080p when viewed on the same monitor. A 720p image running on a 1080 tv/monitor will be quite a bit more pixelated and stretched out compared to a 1080p image. A 1080p image running on a 1080p TV/Monitor will be crisper and sharper than running it at 720p. 720p will still look decent and majority of people wouldn't complain because the scaling is correct, but there is a definite difference in the actual image quality as far as the details go.

I can see how having poor eyesight would effect the difference so in your case, you likely need not worry because your eye sight doesn't enable you to see the fine differences...but they indeed are there. Anti-aliasing slightly blurs the jagged edges to give the illusion that they're smooth when looked at from a distance...given the previously stated, I don't believe you'd be able to see the difference with this setting either but there is a difference made for those who have a thing for smooth edges. Hope this helps, Cheers.

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR2 800Mhz 500GB ATI HD 4850 512mb 22" LCD

spawnkiller
spawnkiller's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/06/2012
Posts: 310

AA is false resolution, if you can go higher in resoltion, go for it !!! AA will just implemented a little more details but for me 1080p vs 1280*1024 x8 AA 1080p look better with no AA... add AA but 2-4x and you'll have the best graphics ;)

Gaming PC: MSI Z77A-G45 ::: Intel Core I7 3770k @ 4.83Ghz ::: EVGA GTX680SC Signature ~1300mhz Boost/7122mhz ram ::: 16GB 4*4gb G.Skill 2240mhz CL10 ::: ASUS Xonar DX ::: Crucial M4 128gb (windows) + Intel 330 180gb (Steam games) + 1TB Caviar Black (storage) ::: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold M1000 ::: Antec P280 ::: Noctua NHU12P SE2 ::: ASUS VE247H ::: Logitech G510 ::: Cooler Master Storm Sentinel II ::: Logitech X530 ::: Steelseries Siberia V-2 Black & gold edition

98% Of people under 25 surround their minds with rap music, if you're part of the 2% that stayed with rock, put this in your signature, ROCK IS BETTER!

3dGameMan
3dGameMan's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/2000
Posts: 5023

Rodney Reynolds,
Register: http://www.3dgameman.com/user/register

GraysonPeddie
GraysonPeddie's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/29/2006
Posts: 569

Thanks for your video, but your comment about your haircut is completely off-topic from your Q&A video.

When I played The Last Remnant in 1600x900 and 1280x720 in my laptop, aside from slow performance in 1600x900, I cannot tell the difference between the two resolutions. When I play Final Fantasy XII in my PS2 that is hooked up to my 1080p HDTV, I don't seem to pay attention to the resolution of the game. When I went up the stairs in Rabanastre, I did notice some light colors popping up in a flash and it tells me that there's no anti-aliasing applied to the game. But that did not matter to me, because when I look around Rabanastre, I pretty much admire the look of the town. If a game runs at 1280x720 or 1920x1080 (that is, if my PS2 has an HDMI output), sure I'll get finer details, but my eyes don't seem to pay attention to that. Not even high resolutions, even when it comes to big screen gaming.

Anyway, thanks for the Q&A video.

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.

Razear
Razear's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1115

If you can't tell the difference in the higher resolution, I suggest playing at the lower resolution since you'll be able to play at a higher framerate.

3dGameMan
3dGameMan's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/2000
Posts: 5023

LOL... Yea, sorry about the hair digression ;)

Manic Mouse
Manic Mouse's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/01/2007
Posts: 124

My eyes suck too.

Both my laptop and home monitor work at 1920 x 1080 (full HD).
The Laptop's screen is 15" diagonal, the monitor is 27" diagonal.

I see the monitor a lot better ;)

Mark Baker

Asus P9X79 Deluxe, Intel i7 3930K @4.5Ghz, 64gb G.Skill RipjawsZ 10-10-10-30 PC3-12800, Sapphire HD 7950 3GB, OCZ Vertex 4, Vertex 3, Intel 510 & Adata SSDs, wrapped in a CoolerMaster HAF XM case