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PS3 upscales PS2 games and makes them look fantastic [Continued]

Have we got a treat for you today! We've gone ahead and compiled whatever screen captures we could find of some before and after pictures of the new upscaling capability of the PS3 and how they change the PS2 titles everyone cares about. These are exciting rollover images, so what you see below are the before upscaling. Toss your mouse pointer onto them and wham! Instantly, you're seeing the upscaled image. Ready to have some fun?

First, this is a comparison for Final Fantasy XII from the normal resolution to the upscaled madness, taken from the user Perfect Sin at the PS3 Forums. We're focusing on Vaan here not because we like those weird skeletal-abs he's sporting, but because it's a pretty clear example of the difference the upscaling can make.

Yes, we know the two pictures aren't in the exact same spot or have the exact same dimensions, but you get the idea. It's a heck of a lot smoother. We also had to brighten the "after" shot because the original was kind of dark for some reason.

We've also got some Shadow of the Colossus images from user I Have Candy at the PlayStation Forums. Again, the image isn't in the exact same place or anything, but you can really tell the difference between the default image and the rollover image. We should all applause Sony for making this work out so well. In fact, this may make some people less irritable about the Emotion Engine getting removed in future PS3's.

If those weren't enough, user Mastagamer at the PlayStation Forums uploaded a good set of images from Bully. We chose to use these two because they seemed most representative of the difference between upscaled and normal. We'll leave it to you guys to decide what you think.

Pretty slick, right? It's zoomed out a little bit, but nobody's perfect. We're pretty much sold on this upscaling game business. We've tested out a multitude of games ourselves, but we don't have any capturing equipment to throw up here. Trust us -- the games look brilliant. Kingdom Hearts 2 is practically perfect. More perfect than on the PS2. What do you guys think?

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1. Trying to fix the rollover images. Code keeps deleting itself! Should be fine for now.

Posted at 5:47PM on May 24th 2007 by ndoerr

2. looks good nick. thanks! and hot damn, thanks sony for the rapid updates!!! Keep those sweet additional features coming! Its like getting a new console every time!

Posted at 6:03PM on May 24th 2007 by Otsego_Undead

3. WTF,.. Final Fantasy XII looks way better then the b4 or after shot. On my TV and PS3 it does anyway(before the update) Dunno about after I traded the game in after i beat it in March

And maybe I need my eyes checked but none of the after shots look "better" to me, smoother(less jaggies) yes, but not "better: by any means in my opinion and why is it the color looks Faint on the after shots? Are these crappy pics or what?

Guess I'll have to go rent rent Children of Mana or Odin Sphere(which i want to anyway) and compare b4 and after myself. These opinions you can turn on and off right? Haven't got around to get the update yet,. spent day gettign damn Air Conditioner in so I could get to Game in peace and Quite and Cool LOL

Posted at 6:03PM on May 24th 2007 by Tim Parsons

4. damn the last one looks great---does anyone know if this fixes the problem for those people who have 1080 only hdtv's?

My friend has this problem--he has two older hdtv's and neither play games in HD.

Posted at 6:09PM on May 24th 2007 by #1FanBoy

5. yay!
time to play more lego star wars.

Posted at 6:13PM on May 24th 2007 by alienclay

6. I don't get it, those pictures are not upscaled, they're the same resolution... If anything, maybe they just have that new smoothing effect enabled. And blurring sucks.

Posted at 6:21PM on May 24th 2007 by F-Man

7. I don't get what's the problem.

I mean, PS2 games ran most of times at 480i, some at 480p, without any kind of anti-aliasing. By upscaling, you stretch the image, and the smoothing filter reduces the effect of blow-up jaggies. You cannot add to or improve AA where there was none before. Apart from the lack of AA, it's pretty similar to what the 360 does IMHO.

Of course XBox games look better on the 360, they already had AA and looked much better on the original XBox to begin with!

WTF were you people expecting, a miracle?

Posted at 6:31PM on May 24th 2007 by Bored

8. @ Tim Parsons : Do you sometimes read text around the pics ? Colour are faint cause they brightened them a bit. And yes, you need your eyes changed if you dont see any amelioration.

@ F-Man : Be a bit logical -_- They wont put on the website pics in 1080p ! They resize them to the same size than the other to be able to compare. But for sure they are upscaled

Posted at 6:35PM on May 24th 2007 by Khaliel

9. Because you can't upscale with component/

Posted at 7:08PM on May 24th 2007 by Magma

10. I just popped in Killzone after downloading 1.80 and it looks very nice and plays very smoothly. It's sweet to be able to play PS2 games with the wireless controller as well now if it only had some rumble...

Posted at 7:09PM on May 24th 2007 by buubuubibuu

11. Hey Guys,

Not sure if anyone else is having this problem with their PS3, but I have it hookedup via Component cables at 1080i, and when I select PS/PS2 Upscaling and then choose either full screen or normal, the screen keeps flicking for 30 seconds then goes back to 'off' mode.

I am not sure why because i've had no problem playing ps3 games in both 720p and 1080i so it cant be a resolution problem.

I have smoothing on as well and that isnt causing a problem.

Has anyone else seen this problem?

Posted at 7:17PM on May 24th 2007 by Badz0r

12. @10

From what i've read across many forums/posts is that you only require HDMI for upscaling DVDs, but PS/PS2 games which require no encryption should be fine over component.

Posted at 7:20PM on May 24th 2007 by Badz0r

13. looks better...but not 600$ better...

Posted at 7:29PM on May 24th 2007 by jman

14. Uhm. But you're not paying $600 for the upscaling jman.

Posted at 7:32PM on May 24th 2007 by Dahk

15. @ Bored: It's better to have the PS3 upscale rather than the TV just stretch it. That's why we have upscaling DVD players: it's not a gimmick, it's fact.

Posted at 7:45PM on May 24th 2007 by Pal

16. Apart from slightly blurred images, I'm not impressed.

Posted at 7:48PM on May 24th 2007 by ClarkyCat

17. @ Khaliel

Getting a higher resolution is the whole point of getting smoother edges on 3D models, if you shrink the picture to make it the same size, you don't accomplish anything, other than showing a blurring filter.

Posted at 8:11PM on May 24th 2007 by F-Man

18. I'm getting a big gay boner for PS3 now...

Posted at 8:12PM on May 24th 2007 by WinkerBotTollman

19. @ Pal:

I'm not dissing anything at all, mate. You got it wrong.

I'm not saying it's a gimmick, the shots look good to me, but it seems there's a bunch of people who were expecting upscaling of games that were originally designed for a piece of hardware as old as the PS2 to look as good as next-gen games, which is technically impossible, ain't it?

My point is, Sony did their best, even without commiting too much on the BC, people shouldn't be bitching about what they got.

As far as the media features go, this upgrade deserved to be marked as 2.0 rather than minor increment: media streaming, especially combined with remote play through the internet is great!

Now I can access content from both my PS3 AND my PC, through any access point anywhere!

And the video playback got a HUGE boost. The videophiles over at the AVS forums are nuts about the upgrade. They claim the PS3 now to be on par with the best upscaling DVD players on the market. As well as being the best Blu-Ray player.

Posted at 8:23PM on May 24th 2007 by Bored

20. Hey guys! If any of you have the game Fatal Frame 3, upscale that sexy beast. Honestly, I think it could be marketed as a PlayStation 3 game. It looks absolutely flawless and compared to some launch PS3 games ... it completely trumps them with the upscaling. Absolutely amazing and beautiful.

Posted at 8:46PM on May 24th 2007 by ndoerr

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