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HD era not ready yet?



Mark Rein of Epic Games was interviewed by Eurogamer and dropped this interesting fact;

Over half the users who played Gears of War 2 so far do not have HDTVs.

Ok now i know this is an Xbox game, but its a good indication that PS3 owners are mostly in the same boat and with the size of the install base, that makes millions of gamers are not playing in high def. Digital Foundry has put together an intriguing analysis to compare the performance in game between high and standard definition and revealed some intriguing facts about the PS3, that the standard definitions have some serious issues. SD owners worldwide though should take note of this quote;

A US PS3 owner who buys a cheap game in the UK and takes it back to the US could well find it completely unplayable if he only has an SDTV. Two of the games I tested (GTAIV and Far Cry 2) wouldn’t work, whereas Killzone 2 and Call of Duty: World at War would. Euro PS3 owners buying games from the NTSC territories could be similarly inconvenienced.

To sum up, if you plan on importing games and you own a SD TV then don’t bother as you will encounter some serious performance issues but if you’re fortunate enough to own a HD TV then you should be fine.

But what about the readers here, how many of you own an HDTV?

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix review video


Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix artwork
The Capcom arcade classic receives a whole new look with Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Capcom maintains the integrity of the popular game by utilizing the original game code while upgrading the graphics with new artwork and high resolution 1080p images — all of the art, from character animation to stage backgrounds, will be completely redrawn by Udon Entertainment, the company responsible for the official US Street Fighter series of comics. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix includes both online and offline competition for one to two players.

Years of fine-tuning have led to another great Hadoken. Find out in this Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix doesn’t have any frills and its mechanics — while extremely well-tuned — are simple. This is a game very dissimilar to modern fighters because it doesn’t shower you with extra modes, art galleries or unlockables. It’s admirably precise and meant for hardcore players, despite its increased approachability. So HD Remix isn’t for everyone, but the gameplay represented in this download is extraordinarily balanced and deep. I spent hours learning the ways of the retooled Fei Long and just barely scratched the surface of it all. For such a reasonable price of $14.99, HD Remix is a very hard game to pass up.”

Presentation — 7.5
Graphics — 8.0
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.0
Overall — 8.7

Capcom takes Super Street Fighter 2 and gives it a face lift for PS3 and Xbox 360. How does Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix hold up in today’s standards? Check out this 1UP Show hands on video for an old-to-new movesets comparison:

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Wipeout HD review video


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Wipeout HD features a selection of the best tracks taken from previous versions of the series, meticulously crafted and fully reworked to showcase the power of PS3. Available exclusively as a download on PlayStation Store and featuring 1080p High Definition visuals running at a breathtaking 60 frames per second, Wipeout HD represents the future of the iconic anti-gravity racing series.

For the first time, players will have the option of steering their anti-gravity ships to victory in a whole new way thanks to the Sixaxis Wireless Controller; a feature that, combined with true High Definition graphics, will have racers on the edge of their seats as they take on the best from around the world in online multiplayer modes.

Racing fast and furious with the PS3 hovercraft racer. Out now on the PS3’s Playstation Network as $19.99 download, watch the Wipeout HD video review.

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Key Wipeout HD features are:
* Wipeout HD features 8 teams and five race modes: enjoy Single Races, Time Trials, Speed Laps, Tournaments, and Zone mode; all in stunning full HD quality and accompanied by nine fully licensed music tracks all of which are remixed in Dolby 5.1 sound.
* 8 Reversible tracks, features a selection of the best tracks taken from previous versions of the wipEout franchise, meticulously crafted and fully reworked to showcase the processing power of PS3.
* Continuing the concept that was pioneered by Wipeout Pure on PSP, and improved upon by Wipeout Pulse, extra game content will be coming to PlayStation Store to download and use directly with the main game. This will include extra teams, extra tracks and additional events for the race campaign mode.
* The iconic series evolves with spectacular 1080p High Definition visuals running at a breathtaking 60-frames-per-second.
* Online play that supports up to 8 racers competing on a track at a time, with voice chat support.
* 2-Player split screen (horizontally and vertically) offline.
* Support for the Sixaxis Wireless Controller.
* Custom soundtracks to enjoy the licensed soundtrack featuring top artists, or race to your own tunes with custom soundtrack support.
* Trophy support to earn and unlock up 38 Trophies for your collection.

To quote the video review: “What’s offered here is significant and wouldn’t have seemed out of place ensconced in a clear plastic box on store shelves. That it’s available to anyone with a broadband connection for an extremely reasonable price point instantly places Wipeout HD in the must-buy/must-have category for anyone who considers themselves a fan of high-quality, high-speed, white-knuckle racing.”

Overall — 10

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