1080p vs 1080i

We have put two screen resolutions, 1080p and 1080i against each other to find out which one is the better option for gaming

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1080p vs 1080i

Having an optimal gaming setup is important. The better your overall set up is, the more successful your gaming experience will be.

While it is important to have the correct components within your PC, if you are using the wrong screen resolution, your gameplay will be negatively impacted.

While there are a handful of different screen resolutions to choose between, there are two in particular that we will be discussing in this article. These two resolutions are 1080p and 1080i.

If you are unsure of which is the best resolution for gaming, look no further. In this article, we will be taking a look at the differences between the two and how they fare in terms of performance when gaming.

Resolution

Before we take a closer look at the performance of each screen resolution, it is important to be familiar with the specifications for each. While these screen resolutions seem similar at first glance, there are significant differences.

1080p Resolution

The 1080p resolution is one of the most popular choices when it comes to gaming and it is clear to see why. Gameplay tends to run well at this screen resolution.

1080p is HD certified and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. To put it simply, the height of a 1080p screen contains 1,080 pixels and the width uses 1,920 pixels. It is these pixels that control how clear the overall images on the screen are. In total 2,073,600 makeup the 1080p resolution.

1080i Resolution

When looking at 1080i resolution, it uses the same pixels in its height and width as the 1080p. It is 1,080 pixels in height and 1,920 pixels in width. The overall number of pixels used is 2,073,600, which is the same as the 1080p.

The higher the screen resolution, the better the overall image quality will be. However, when it comes to gaming, a higher resolution is not always the better option, due to the fast paced nature of the majority of games.

Display

The main difference between 1080p and 1080i resolutions is how the images are displayed. This is differentiated with the P and I lettering.

In this section, we will be discussing the differences between the screen resolutions.

1080p Resolution

The pixels in a 1080p resolution are all displayed at once. The display mode that is used by 1080p is a progressive scan. This type of resolution is now most commonly used in computer monitors and TVs.

Each row of pixels is scanned during this process at around 60 times each second. The speed is difficult for our minds to process as it happens so quickly. The rows are all scanned simultaneously.

The images that 1080p produces are often seen as superior and the only “true” and full HD because of this. The overall quality is better in comparison to the 1080i resolution.

1080i Resolution

1080i resolution is displayed differently to 1080p. Instead of the pixels being displayed using a progressive scan, this resolution uses an interlaced scan.

An interlaced scan displays a picture in an interlaced way. All of the even pixels are displayed at one time and then the odd pixels are shown. This creates alternating lines across the screen.

These lines alternate so quickly that we cannot see this with the naked eye. It happens around 30 times per second for each alternating line of pixels. Given this, the overall picture is not affected in any way.

However, when comparing the 1080p and the 1080i, given how quickly the frames are shown on the 1080p it is clear to see that it is the better screen resolution overall. In addition to this, as the rows are processing simultaneously, this creates a clearer image in comparison to the interlaced scan.

Performance

When looking at the performance between 1080i and 1080p, if you are looking at a smaller screen, you are unlikely to see a big difference.

The differences are noticeable when you have a particularly large screen that is over 40 inches in length. As the screen is larger, the finer details can be recognized as being slightly distorted more easily.

For the majority of people, the slight differences are not overly noticeable, especially if you are using a screen to play a low-resolution game. However, if you are using a large screen to play a high-resolution game or to watch an action movie the differences are noticeable. This is because the pixels are moving particularly quickly.

When the images are moving too quickly for the 1080i resolution, tearing can occur. The screen tearing occurs when the refresh rate is higher than the refresh cycle, causing multiple frames to be displayed in a single screen draw. This can be extremely frustrating while gaming.

Gaming

If you already own a 1080i screen or monitor, it is sufficient for gaming. If the games you are playing are not in a particularly high resolution or fast-paced, it should provide you with few issues.

However, if you have a particularly high spec gaming PC, 1080p is the much preferable resolution. It is the standard and most commonly used. While there are better resolutions available such as 1440p (4K), the overall gaming experience is far better when using 1080p.

One advantage of 1080p is it remains a widely used benchmark when comparing gaming screen resolutions.

1080i resolution tends to be used for TV broadcasting rather than for gaming. The majority of DTTV programs are broadcast in 1080i regardless of whether or not you have a 1080i or even 1440p resolution.

If you are gaming with a PS4 or PS5 on a 1080i resolution TV that is under 27 inches, it is unlikely that your gameplay will be affected significantly. However, if you are looking for a more professional setup the 1080p resolution will come out of the top every time.

Conclusion

If you are looking to purchase a monitor or TV for gaming, we would recommend 1080p. It is the optimal resolution for gaming and it is the best option for any amateur or professional set up.

When looking at the 1080i, if you already own a monitor or TV with this resolution, it is sufficient for gaming. However, if your gameplay is particularly detailed or fast, you will likely experience some form of tearing.

Given this, we would recommend 1080p for gaming over 1080i and any other screen resolution. It is by far the superior option when it comes to gaming.