Metal Gear Solid HD for Vita isn't HD

Pixel-counters have noticed that Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the Vita isn't running on the system's native resolution.

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The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection just made it to the Vita, offering sneaking on the go. But contrary to its name, it isn't quite HD, failing to run at Vita's native 540p resolution, to boot. Astute pixel-counters have noticed a few graphical shortcuts in the game, but it isn't all bad news.

A tech analysis on Eurogamer tells the tale. Vita's native resolution in general isn't HD, to start with, but it is more than SD. While the Vita's native pixel density is 960x544, the game runs at a base resolution 720x448. This makes it higher definition than the original games, in that it now fits the wider aspect ratio, but not really HD. (The original games ran at 512x448.)

On the other hand, some graphical overlays do run at the native resolution. On the whole, the analysis finds that the Vita's progressive scan and OLED improves the look of the game, even despite the resolution issues. For us normal human beings without equipment and eagle-eyes, we'd probably never notice the difference.

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    June 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Metal Gear Solid HD for Vita isn't HD.

    Pixel-counters have noticed that Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the Vita isn't running on the system's native resolution.

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      June 21, 2012 2:15 PM

      Anyone playing this on Vita?

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        June 21, 2012 2:18 PM

        I'm interested in buying it, never played the two games...

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          June 21, 2012 10:32 PM

          I picked it up, it still looks quite sexy. Of course now I have to try to fucking remember the unholy control scheme, but the games themselves are great.

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            June 21, 2012 10:33 PM

            Also, Steve it says on the back of the box pretty clearly what resolution its running.

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      June 21, 2012 2:31 PM

      I picked this up on the 360, was good to play through 2 and 3 again, awesome games.

      Have yet to play through peace walker, looking forward to it though.

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        June 21, 2012 8:28 PM

        Peace Walker is great. Just make sure you have someone else to play it with.

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