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I guess games look better when they are downsized to something that uses less pixels.
If I were to get a 480p HDTV (if I can find one) Will it look as good as it does on the gamepad? I think the gamepad is 480p btw im not sure...
Like I played AC3 on WiiU and on the TV, honestly the game was ugly (so was black flag on my gaming PC). But on the gamepad everything is tight and just well great. I'd like for my games to look like this all the time.
I don't need violent videogames to reassure myself that I'm an adult.
Compared to a decent and well calibrated 1080p TV, the gamepad picture is blurrier due to the loss of resolution and the colors are subdued due to the compression and screen quality.
Red is especially distorted due to the compression used when streaming the image. In general, the picture is worse than a moderately good HDTV in nearly every way while still looking good enough (especially considering that it's just a gaming controller).
If you prefer the gamepad picture to the HDTV, I really think your TV is either not very good or it's not calibrated well at all. There should be a clear and objective drop in quality when moving to the pad. There's no reason why an uncompressed image at 1080p should look worse than a heavily compressed image at 480p.