Difference between PS3 and PC output / VQ
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Posted 11/2/13
Just checking to see if anyone else has ever noticed this. Normally I watch shows on here from my PS3 (second gen) and occasionally my GS3 or Nexus 7 (new one). Before the crunchyroll app for the PS3 came out though I would just hook up my laptop to my TV via an HDMI and watch that way. I hadn't done so in quite some time and for various reasons I hooked my laptop back up to my TV to watch a new episode of HunterXHunter a few weeks back.

I honestly swear it looked better that way than going through the playstation. Just wondering if anyone else has tried this and gotten a similar result. Video/Picture settings are the same for each input so I assume the video signal from the PS3 isn't as clean as it is from my laptop.

Laptop is a customized Asus G74
Display is a 46" Sony XBR8
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Posted 11/2/13
Consoles don't need to run a chunky operating system or background programs, so their hardware is no where near as good as an up-to-date computers' is. In general, all the hardware in a console (including the video card) is worse than what you will find in a computer made in the same year. Although I don't think there should be that much of a noticeable difference w/ something as simple as a Crunchyroll video. Only thing I would think is that you have your comp putting out 1080p and your PS3 might be set to 720 or 480, but you said the video settings were the same... so I don't know what to tell ya.
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Posted 11/2/13
Most modern graphics card drivers allow for improved image quality through the settings. I know after I tweaked mine the colors and sharpness of crunchyroll streams was much better. Doesn't sound like you have done any video quality tweaks yourself though. -shrug- maybe just better general set up?
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Posted 11/2/13
It's not really a big deal lol, just curious if anyone else was more tech savvy in that department. I'm assuming that the difference is in whatever program that reads the video data on the playstation and pc vary as do their performance. I haven't checked out yet if it's the same with Netflix, I guess that's my next test...
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Posted 11/2/13
I have my laptop setup to let the TV do all the video processing, that way I can keep the signal as pure as possible. I haven't had to do any video quality tweaks to my computer since it looks fine (other than grayscale) and my TV has been professionally calibrated on every input. Only conclusion I can make is the software handling the video streaming handles the data differently or modifies it somehow.
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Posted 11/2/13 , edited 11/2/13
There is no such thing as a "good signal" when you are talking about digital. Digital signals either make it to their destination or they don't. The signals are 1's and 0's - nothing in between (being that they are digital).

Signal clarity will influence the quality of analog signals (such as with speaker wire or old VGA displays) but if you're using an HDMI input, that is a direct digital-to-digital connection and there is no difference in the signal quality. {as a side note, never spend extra money for expensive HDMI cables. Again, speaker wire and other analog cables will influence the clarity of your picture or sound, but digital connections don't work the same way. Never spend extra money for high-end digital cables (unless you need armored cables to protect from pet chewing or something)}.

As far as whether the PC or the PS3 is better, that is entirely based on the PC you have. In general consoles are dedicated to graphics and are therefore more efficient at processing graphics, but PCs will have more power overall. If you have crappy videocards in your PC, the PS3 will be better. If you have half-way decent system performance, the PC will be better. It isn't a matter of signal, it is a matter of your machine's abilities to process the data.
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