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Right, got mine in the mail this morning.... so far the good news is, IT WORKS! and works very well... I tried FFXII in 720p and it looks amazing. Of course it wont get rid of the jaggies (heh) but the image is much, much crisper and the colours are much more vibrant.
The bad news: It doesn't seem to work from HDLoader/HDAdvance. The screen just stays black when you try to load a game... but it's fine with backup discs using swap magic. I'm not sure what might be causing this but for now its a small trade-off for the better image quality. I'll do some more testing in a bit.
have u tried the same game with component cables and no xploder, is that much diff then when u use xploder (ie when u said its much crisper is that compared to when the ps2 was connected with standard rgb cables or component cables?)
I was already using component cables before, and as far as I can tell there definitely seems to be a difference. The component cables supplied in the box also appear to be good quality, but I haven't tested them yet (I don't know if they're even going to make a difference tbh). On my LCD TV/Monitor the interlaced effect is gone, makes it a lot easier on the eyes... no more squinting at objects in the distance for example.
The problem so far is that on 1080i the picture is tiny. It seems to be displaying the original resolution of the game, just on a 1080i background... kind of like watching a low res movie at 1280x1024 desktop setting, only not full screen. I suppose if you have a zoom function on your tv this can be fixed, but right now it kind of sucks. 720p doesn't quite reach the edges of the screen, but at least it fills about 90% of it.
Also to be expected, some games don't work on 720p/1080i at all, Xenosaga II just freezes after I tried to load the game..menu is fine in all resolutions however. Dragon Quest 8 gives a blank screen and doesn't load. I suspect that most games will run just fine in 480p however... which is still better than your standard 480i. It's just icing on the cake when games are actually able to run in the higher resolutions.
i would like an elf/iso to try... £29.99 = about $74 AU (before shipping)
Need to see it in action before i think the convenience of it on CD and a second useless component cable is worth my money.
well , can it display 4:3 in 720P/1080i?I mean...like the attached pic.
Originally Posted by twoism
And does it support DVD Movie playback in 480P~720P?
I agree, im from Australia too and i would have to try this out before i could spend that kind of money on it
Originally Posted by Wuz
Yeah Im wondering too how do non 16:9 games look in 720p or 1080i because in the video where they showed burnout, the highres was definatley stretched
I have read that this software is going to be sold by madcats in the US, but not till next month at the earliest. But it will cost even more than if you got it from the UK including shipping. It is supposed to go for $50 bucks. The only reason I want this is to get rid of my sucky, 15 yr old RF only TV in my room. The colors look so good on a CRT HDTV, CRT monitor, or Plasma screen, for those game that already work on progressive mode.
Since I live in the city madcats is headquartered in and a friend claims to know the founder of madcats perhaps I can pull some strings
I have the original vga cd that blaze, aka exploder, made a while back. It was easy to copy the elf right off the CD to a USB stick and boot it with ulaunch. It just didn't work with very many games. Hopefully us dying laser PS2 owners will be able to do the same for this prog.
Yeah the thing is, non 16:9 games will obviously get stretched while displaying it in 720p/1080i.
Originally Posted by Tribis
HD resolutions are just like that, you can't change it as there is no 4:3 aspect ratio because it's either 1280x720 or 1920x1080i, fixed 16:9 resolutions. If your monitor has options/profiles to tweak the screen, then the better. That's why they recommend displaying most games in 480p.. at least the lines are gone. It simply gives you a progressive mode for games that didn't support it in the first place.
The app also supports movie playback, but it works exactly as it does on the games. It doesn't do any upconverting, just forces the ps2 to display in those modes since the hardware isn't powerful enough to do that.