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640p vs. HD The high definition argument initially came about as a result of some dedicated "jaggie counters" who claimed that Halo 3 rendered vertically at 640 pixels instead of 720. Since the game doesn't actually run in 720p--technically the picture is scaled from 640p to the user-configured preferred resolution--these folks and countless others claimed that Bungie had deceived the gaming populace into buying a game that wasn't really HD. Therefore, they wanted Bungie to, among other things, remove any mentions of HD, 720p and higher resolutions from the game and other relevant materials.
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The classic Perfect Dark and the two N64 Banjo-Kazooie titles adopt the former approach, with all three handled via 360 backwards compatibility mode. Each game gets a separate icon on the dashboard outside of Rare Replay (though they can be accessed through the collection, too), while the quality of the conversion work is identical to the original Xbox Live Arcade releases. This means we get native 1080p visuals for all three games including full widescreen support and 4x multi-sampling anti-aliasing (MSAA). Already we see an upgrade over the first release of the Xbox 360 virtual machine - there we saw native 1080p games downscaled to 720p, then upscaled back to full HD again. Thankfully, Microsoft now appears to have corrected this oversight.
What our N64 testing highlights is the Xbox One backwards compatibility code hands in a robust showing, perfectly mimicking each game's showing on Xbox 360. The question is to what extent the virtual machine can handle more challenging fare - we'll report back on that soon as we dig into Rare Replay's Xbox 360 titles - and beyond that, let's not forget we also have all four Gears of War titles to examine in the forthcoming Ultimate Edition.
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When choosing the best TV for movies, it's important to consider your TV room's lighting conditions. You'll generally have a better experience if you watch movies in a dark room as your TV's picture quality in dark scenes will look better and have fewer reflections. You should be looking for a TV that can deliver deep blacks and has rich colors and bright highlights, especially if you watch a lot of HDR content. It's also important to have a TV that supports eARC audio passthrough if you want to enhance your sound experience with a soundbar or receiver.
The best TV for movies we've tested is the Sony A95K OLED. It's a fantastic TV for watching movies in a dark room. Its near-infinite contrast ratio delivers an incredible dark-scene experience, with deep blacks, bright highlights, and no distracting blooming around bright objects or subtitles. Sony's excellent processing capabilities deliver a true movie experience that respects the content creator's intent, with very little banding in areas of similar color.
If you like the deep inky blacks that only an OLED can produce, but want to spend less on it, then the best mid-range TV for watching movies is the LG C2 OLED. Like the Sony A95K OLED, it displays perfect blacks in dark rooms without blooming, offering a fantastic movie-watching experience. You don't get the same peak brightness or processing features as the Sony model, but that's what you can expect if you want to save a bit of money. Still, it has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make smaller highlights stand out.
If you want something cheaper than the Samsung QN90B QLED that still delivers an excellent movie-watching experience, check out the Hisense U8H. It has a fantastic contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms, and the Mini LED local dimming feature is impressive as it improves the contrast while making small highlights stand out, but there's just a bit of blooming around bright objects. Its HDR brightness is also excellent, but it displays most scenes in HDR brighter than they should be.
The best budget TV for watching movies that we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a great TV for the price, with superb contrast resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, with fantastic black uniformity and very little blooming around bright objects. It's also very good for watching movies in HDR, as it has a wide color gamut and decent color volume, so HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It has just okay peak brightness in HDR, though, so bright highlights don't stand out as well as they do on more expensive TVs like the Hisense U8H.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
Three phones seem to have roughly similar screens (4.7"-4.8" big, 720p resolution) and it's only the Meizu MX 4-core that stands out with its more compact, lower-res screen. We'll summarize the various specs of each screen in a table and try to hash things out.
The Samsung Galaxy S III uses a Super AMOLED screen with a PenTile matrix, so it only has two thirds of the subpixels of the other two 720p screens. So, even though it technically has a high pixel density, jagginess and a cross-hatch pattern might appear, but again you'd need to be looking from way closer than what permits comfortable usage.
Our bezel measurement isn't perfectly accurate (the shape of the phones is rounded and we estimated the area using rectangles), but it shows what you can probably see from photos of the four phones - there's a lot of bezel above and below the Meizu's screen, while the LG wastes only a minimal area on its front for bezel.
The Galaxy S III (expectedly) impresses with perfect blacks and contrast, but it's the contrast in bright sunlight that stands out the most - even though it's not very bright, the reflectivity of the screen is very low and offers much better sunlight legibility than the rest.
The HTC One X can't match the dark blacks of the S III, but its contrast is still very good - some of the best we've seen from LCDs (though not the best),. Sunlight legibility is above average, but not as good as on the Super AMOLED either.
In the end we have to split things into two groups. Some love the deep blacks and vibrant colors that AMOLED screen enjoy, so the Galaxy S III would be perfect for them. And let's not forget its excellent sunlight legibility.