Is an 854x480 display good enough for gaming? (Off-TV Play)

#1GuillermoGagePosted 7/14/2013 12:09:35 PM
It seems like people are touting Off-TV Play as the best feature of the Wii U's screen controller, and some suspect that the potential uses for the GamePad screen otherwise just aren't that groundbreaking or important to gaming (inventory/map screen being a useful feature that we still can live without as we've been doing pause screens for years anyway, some people say)

Well, when you are using Off-TV Play, you are not quite using the resolution that a common HDTV is using, at 1280x720, let alone 1920x1080.

So, do you people think that higher resolution matters much once you are at 854x480?

I guess it matters in games where the action is zoomed out a lot and you still want to have enough pixels to show pretty or important/useful details. But not everyone cares about nerdy RTS games. On Wii U.

Off-TV Play really does seem like the best use for that screen, so far.
#2Jacob46719Posted 7/14/2013 12:11:26 PM
Wii = 480p = Fantastic gaming experience

Wii U Gamepad = 480p = Fantastic gaming experience on a smaller screen
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#3GuillermoGage(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2013 12:14:18 PM
Jacob46719 posted...
Wii = 480p = Fantastic gaming experience

Wii U Gamepad = 480p = Fantastic gaming experience on a smaller screen


Except the visuals and presentation overall are better on the Wii U than Wii, even in 480p. Especially on a personal-sized screen that is exact resolution.
#4MilesTeg420Posted 7/14/2013 12:17:19 PM
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.
#5DiscostewSMPosted 7/14/2013 12:18:49 PM
The screen is small, not giving in to distinguishing individual pixels nearly as much as a large TV, even at a favorable distance, would at 480p.
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#6ORANGE666Posted 7/14/2013 12:24:26 PM(edited)
MilesTeg420 posted...
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.


"relatively high DPI"?

6" screen at 480p. Not even $50 Chinese ipad knock offs are that bad.

Anything less than 720p on a ~5" screen in 2013 is relatively low DPI for a handheld device
#7Jacob46719Posted 7/14/2013 12:26:44 PM
ORANGE666 posted...
MilesTeg420 posted...
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.


"relatively high DPI"?

6" screen at 480p. Not even $50 Chinese ipad knock offs are that bad.


What about a 46" Screen at 1080p?
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#8DiscostewSMPosted 7/14/2013 12:27:21 PM
ORANGE666 posted...
MilesTeg420 posted...
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.


"relatively high DPI"?

6" screen at 480p. Not even $50 Chinese ipad knock offs are that bad.

Anything less than 720p on a ~5" screen in 2013 is relatively low DPI for a handheld device


Good job dissing the Vita.
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#9ORANGE666Posted 7/14/2013 12:41:10 PM
Jacob46719 posted...
ORANGE666 posted...
MilesTeg420 posted...
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.


"relatively high DPI"?

6" screen at 480p. Not even $50 Chinese ipad knock offs are that bad.


What about a 46" Screen at 1080p?


You're most likely sitting 10 feet or so from the screen
#10Jacob46719Posted 7/14/2013 12:42:48 PM
ORANGE666 posted...
Jacob46719 posted...
ORANGE666 posted...
MilesTeg420 posted...
The Gamepad screen is fine for off tv play. It has a relatively high DPI. Also the pixels seem very small. For instance on a typical 1080p TV if you get close enough you can see the pixels very clearly. Not really the case on the Gamepad, although you can see them.


"relatively high DPI"?

6" screen at 480p. Not even $50 Chinese ipad knock offs are that bad.


What about a 46" Screen at 1080p?


You're most likely sitting 10 feet or so from the screen


3 feet
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