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    1080p Upscaling for DVD on PS3


    May 23, 2007 - Sony has announced that the latest version of the PlayStation 3 firmware - available to download on May 24 - upscales PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games and DVD movies to full 1080p HD resolution.

    Firmware 1.80 also enables users on a home network to use the PS3 to view images, listen to music or play videos, which are stored on their DLNA3 devices (including PCs and laptops) elsewhere in the house.

    The PSP's Remote Play function is also set to be improved thanks to the firmware update and PSP owners can now access their PS3 from anywhere in the world - as long as they have a broadband connection and firmware 3.50 for the PSP, which is available at the end of May.

    Finally, firmware 1.80 includes the ability to print photo images stored on PS3's hard disk drive or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers via the USB connection.

    Thanks to http://ps3.ign.com/articles/791/791050p1.html for sharing the news with us!

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    Seems to me $ony have learnt their lesson from the the psp. Give people what they want along with the 'security' upgrades to the firmware.

    I'm sure with the power of the 3 they can keep releasing goodies for years to come to entice people to upgrade. I predict divx support myself

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    With this new update, I'm seriously considering updating the firmware on my PSP. I don't use it that much anymore because it's too much trouble keeping up with the latest work arounds. I have real work to do. I've got an original 1.5 PSP bought on release day. Or, buy a new psp so that I can have the best of both worlds...hmmm...the price has come down.

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    phil, just install 3.50 OEA when its released. Not hard really.

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    How is the V1.80 PS2 upscaling?

    Is it a pretty big difference, like playing a PS1 game on PC via emulator, or is it a subtle barely noticeable difference like playing a PS1 game on PS2?

    How does it compare to say the Xploder HD player?

    This might be a reason to finally get a PS3.

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    PS2 games look substantially better. Absolutely amazing graphics now. GoW 2 will blow you away.

    PS1 games look a lot better than anything else (PC or SDTV), but again since they're PS1 games there isn't too much to upscale. DVDs look significantly better too. Basically this is the greatest update ever.

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    what settings are you guys using for your upscaling for both PS2 and DVD? i tried using "Normal" for PS2, set smoothing to "On," and really didn't see much of a change when playing GoW1 - don't own 2 yet.... i didn't have any complaints about watching DVDs previously on the PS3, so i can't yet say if the settings i've muxxed with will have any effect!

    the "double scale" setting shrunk the screen on me when playing PS2 games! anyone feel like coming up with an idiots guide to messing with the new settings for us IDIOTS when it comes to video and output and all that good stuff since Sony decided not to tell you how the settings affect picture quality, they just give you the settings to mess with yourself!

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    Anyone checked yet the Full RGB color option under HDMI output settings? This actually might be reason for me to finally upgrade from 1.50 ...

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    What does full RGB colour do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eternal View Post
    What does full RGB colour do?
    Here is a FULL (cut & paste) of how to get to all the options and what they do

    Upscaling game or DVD output

    You can now upscale the video content of PlayStation® format software, PlayStation®2 format software, and DVDs to HD resolution.
    What is upscaling?

    Upscaling is a feature that can be used to enable content recorded in SD resolution (480p/480i) to be displayed in HD resolution (1080p/1080i/720p). Because the video content of PlayStation® format software, PlayStation®2 format software, and commercial DVDs is recorded in SD resolution, the resolution can be raised by upscaling the video output.
    Upscaling game output

    (Game Settings) has been added as an option under (Settings). You can adjust settings for upscaled output of PlayStation® format software and PlayStation®2 format software. The options available under [Game Settings] are [PS/PS2 Upscaler] and [PS/PS2 Smoothing]. These options are described below.

    PS/PS2 Upscaler

    You can adjust settings to upscale video output from PlayStation®2 and PlayStation® format software.

    Off Disable upscaled output.
    Normal Upscale and display at a size that matches the screen size.
    Full Screen Upscale and display at full screen by changing proportions and stretching the image.
    Note

    * If image quality is reduced or the image does not look right when upscaled, set this option to [Off].

    PS/PS2 Smoothing

    You can adjust settings to reduce the roughness of video from PlayStation®2 and PlayStation® format software.

    Off Disable smoothing.
    On Use smoothing to reduce the roughness of the displayed image.
    Notes

    * The [PS/PS2 Smoothing] setting can be used even when [PS/PS2 Upscaler] is set to [Off].
    * With some software, the smoothing effect may not be noticeable or image quality may be reduced if this option is set to [On]. In that case, set to [Off].

    Upscaling DVD output

    [DVD Upscaler] has been added as an option in (BD/DVD Settings) under (Settings). You can adjust settings for upscaled output of DVDs.


    Off Disable upscaled output.
    Double Scale* Upscale and display with double horizontal and vertical dimensions without changing the proportions.
    Normal Upscale and display at a size that matches the screen size.
    Full Screen Upscale and display at full screen by changing proportions and stretching the image.

    * This option can be used only when the PS3™ system is set to output video at 1080p or 1080i via an HDMI or component AV cable.
    Notes

    * When playing copyright-protected DVD content such as the content on commercially available DVD-Video, an HDMI cable is required to upscale the video content.
    * If image quality is reduced or the image does not look right when upscaled, set this option to [Off].

    Game
    Copying saved data to a memory card

    You can now copy saved data from PlayStation® format software or PlayStation®2 format software to a memory card or a memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).

    1. Select (Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)) under (Game).
    2. Connect a memory card adaptor (sold separately) to the PS3™ system and insert a memory card.
    3. Select the icon of the saved data that you want to copy from (Internal Memory Card (PS)) or
    (Internal Memory Card (PS2)), and then press the button.
    4. Select [Copy].
    Specify (Memory Card (PS)) or (Memory Card (PS2)) as the copy destination.

    Note

    * The time required to copy saved data may vary from 30 seconds to up to several minutes.

    Overall
    Using the DLNA client feature

    You can now display images or play music or video files that are stored on a personal computer or digital video recorder with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network.
    What is DLNA?

    DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard that enables digital devices such as personal computers, digital video recorders, and TVs to be connected on a network and to share data that is on the connected DLNA-compatible devices.

    DLNA-compatible devices serve two different functions. "Servers" distribute media such as image, music, or video files while "clients" receive and play the media. Some devices perform both functions. Using a PS3™ system as a client, you can display images or play music or video files that are stored on a device with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network.
    Notes

    * To use a PS3™ system as a DLNA client, you must first enable [Media Server Connection] under (Settings) >
    (Network Settings).
    * Within the network you can connect devices that are compatible with DLNA such as Sony Room Link, Microsoft® Windows® XP, or Microsoft® Windows Vista™ personal computers that have Windows Media® Player 11 installed. For details on setting up a DLNA-compatible device, refer to the instructions supplied with the device.

    Playing DLNA Media Server content

    When you turn on the PS3™ system, DLNA Media Servers on the same network are automatically detected and icons for the detected servers are displayed under (Photo), (Music), or (Video). If you select an icon, you can play content that is available for shared access on the DLNA Media Server.
    Note

    * You cannot play copyright-protected content.

    Searching for DLNA Media Servers manually

    If you select (Search for Media Servers) under (Photo), (Music), or (Video), you can initiate a search for DLNA Media Servers on the same network. Use this feature if no DLNA Media Server is detected when the PS3™ system is turned on.

    Photo
    Printing images

    You can now connect a USB printer to print images.

    To use this function, you must first configure the printer in (Printer Settings) under (Settings).

    1. Connect a printer that is compatible with the USB connector of the PS3™ system.
    2. Under (Photo), select the image that you want to print, and then press the button.
    3. Select [Print] from the options menu.
    4. Check the print settings.
    You can press the button to display the options menu and change the print settings. The items that can be set vary depending on the printer in use.
    5. Select [Print], and then press the button.
    The image is printed.

    Notes

    * Some Epson printers are compatible with system software version 1.80. For a list of the compatible Epson models, select here.
    * To print an image that is currently displayed, press the button to display the on-screen control panel, and then select [Print].
    * To print an image that is saved on a DLNA Media Server, you must first copy the image to the PS3™ system's hard disk.

    Network
    Using remote play outside the home (via the Internet)

    Using your PSP® system and a wireless access point (such as that found through a commercial wireless hotspot (wireless LAN) service), you can connect to the PS3™ system that is located within your home via the Internet. To use remote play from outside your home, the PS3™ system must be set in remote play connection standby mode.
    PS3™ system in remote play connection standby mode

    Notes

    * To use this function, the PSP® system software must be version 3.50 or later. The version 3.50 update is planned for release at the end of May.
    * To use remote play over the Internet, you must have a PLAYSTATION®Network account.
    * The method of using a commercial wireless hotspot (wireless LAN) service and the charges for such use vary depending on the service provider. For details, contact the service provider. Users are responsible for any connection fees.
    * For more information on the remote play feature, refer to the user's guide for the PS3™ system software.

    1. Select (Sign In) under (Friends) in the PS3™ system's home menu.
    To use remote play over the Internet, you must sign in to PLAYSTATION®Network.
    2. Select (Remote Play) under (Network) in the PS3™ system's home menu.
    The system will enter remote play connection standby mode and your sign-in ID will be displayed.
    3. Select (Remote Play) under (Network) in the PSP® system's home menu.
    4. Select [Connect via Internet] as the method of connecting to the PS3™ system.
    5. From the list of connections, select the connection for the access point to be used for remote play.
    6. Enter the PLAYSTATION®Network sign-in ID and password for the account in use on the PS3™ system.

    If the connection is successful, the PS3™ system screen will be displayed on the PSP® system.
    Note

    * To connect the PSP® system to a PS3™ system and use remote play from a location outside the home, the PS3™ system must be set in remote play connection standby mode in step 2.

    Settings
    BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)

    [BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)] has been added as an option in (BD/DVD Settings) under (Settings).

    Set whether to use 1080p 24 Hz video output mode for output of Blu-ray Disc (BD) video.

    Automatic Automatically switch the video output mode to match the TV that is connected.
    Off Output BD video at the maximum resolution that has been selected in the video output settings of the PS3™ system. (The video output will not be displayed at 1080p 24 Hz.)
    Notes

    * This setting can be used only when [HDMI] has been selected in [Video Output Settings] under (Settings) >
    (Display Settings).
    * The TV or AV amplifier (receiver) that is being used must support 1080p 24 Hz video mode. For details, refer to the instructions for the device in use.
    * The BD in use must also support 1080p 24 Hz video mode. Generally, video is recorded in 1080p 24 Hz resolution for commercially available BD video software (BD-ROM) on which "1080p" is displayed as the recording mode.
    * If video does not display correctly when [Automatic] is selected, set this option to [Off].

    RGB Full Range (HDMI)

    [RGB Full Range (HDMI)] has been added as an option in (Display Settings) under (Settings).

    If [Full] is set when using a TV that supports RGB full range, the picture quality of the game or video may be improved.

    Limited RGB output signal is output in the range from 16 to 235.
    Full RGB output signal is output in the range from 0 to 255.
    Notes

    * If black sometimes appears bright and sometimes appears pale on the screen when [Limited] is selected, set this option to [Full].
    * If black appears dull on the screen when [Full] is selected, set this option to [Limited].
    * This setting can be used only when [HDMI] has been selected in [Video Output Settings] under (Settings) >
    (Display Settings).

    Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)

    [Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)] has been added as an option in (Display Settings) under (Settings).

    Super-white signal can now be output when playing Blu-ray Discs (BDs), DVDs or AVCHD discs.

    Off Disable super-white output.
    On Enable super-white output.
    Notes

    * If image quality is reduced or if the image does not look right when this option is set to [On], set to [Off].
    * This setting can be used only when [HDMI] has been selected in [Video Output Settings] under (Settings) >
    (Display Settings). Also, [Automatic]* or [Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr] must be selected in [BD/DVD Video Output Format (HDMI)] under (Settings) > (BD/DVD Settings).
    * The TV in use must support Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr input signals.

    About x.v.Color

    When [Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)] is set to [On], video content from AVCHD discs recorded in x.v.Color can be played with a wide color scale.
    Notes

    * A TV that is compatible with x.v.Color (xvYCC) must be connected using an HDMI cable.
    * An AVCHD disc that was recorded in x.v.Color must be used.

    The x.v.Color logo can be found on devices that support "xvYCC," which is an international standard for color space in moving images. An advantage of x.v.Color is that it can reproduce a wider color scale than the conventional standard.

    "x.v.Color" and are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

    Bitmapping (Super Audio CD)

    [Bitmapping (Super Audio CD)] has been added as an option in (Music Settings) under (Settings).

    You can adjust settings for the audio output of Super Audio CDs.

    Off Disable bitmapping.
    Type 1 Use a technique called dithering to reduce noise or distortion produced during data output.

    Camera Device Settings

    The [Test Camera] option under (Settings) > (Accessory Settings) has been changed to
    [Camera Device Settings].

    Using these settings, you can test the image from a USB camera (sold separately) that is connected to the system using a USB cable. The camera must be compliant with USB video class (UVC).
    Flicker Reduction

    Some types of cameras enable you to adjust settings to reduce flickering. Flickering can be reduced by adjusting the power frequency of the camera. The items that are displayed vary depending on the camera in use.


    Off Disable flicker reduction.
    Camera Default Settings Use the camera’s default value.
    50 Hz Set the camera's power frequency to 50 Hz.
    60 Hz Set the camera's power frequency to 60 Hz.

    Printer Settings

    (Printer Settings) has been added as an option under (Settings). You can adjust settings for a USB printer.

    Printer Manager

    Confirm the status of the USB printer that is connected to the PS3™ system. The items that are displayed vary depending on the printer in use.
    Printer Selection

    Select the USB printer to be used. Some Epson printers are compatible with system software version 1.80. For a list of the compatible Epson models, select here.

    Media Server Connection

    [Media Server Connection] has been added as an option under (Network Settings).

    You can adjust settings for the DLNA client feature.

    Enable Enable connection to DLNA Media Servers.
    Disable Do not enable connection to DLNA Media Servers.

    Music
    Editing CD Information

    You can now edit CD information. You can manually change information such as the track name or album name.

    1. Select the icon of the audio CD or track that you want to edit information for, and then press the button.
    2. Select [Information] from the options menu.
    3. Select the item that you want to edit, press the button, and then enter the information.

    Notes

    * You can also send modified information to the All Media Guide company if CD information that was automatically obtained by the PS3™ system is not correct. Select the icon of the audio CD, press the button, and then select [Send CD Information] from the options menu.
    * All Media Guide is a company that provides a CD information database. Information that is sent from the PS3™ system is useful for increasing the accuracy of All Media Guide’s CD information database.
    * You cannot change or send CD information for Super Audio CDs.

    Photo
    Using the new slideshow feature

    A new display pattern has been added for slideshows under (Photo).

    When you select a folder or image and press the START button, the slideshow will begin. Press the button during a slideshow to display the control panel, and then select [Photo Album 2] under (Slideshow Style).

    Using zoom display

    You can now use zoom display for images under (Photo).

    Press the button while an image is displayed to display the control panel, and then select (Zoom In) or
    (Zoom Out). You can use the left stick of the SIXAXIS™ wireless controller to scroll in any direction and use the right stick to zoom in or out.

    Trimming images

    You can now trim images under (Photo).

    Press the button while an image is displayed to display the control panel, and then select (Trimming). Press the button again to begin the trimming process.

    You can use the left and right sticks of the SIXAXIS™ wireless controller to select the range you want to retain. Use the left stick to scroll in any direction and use the right stick to zoom in or out. When you have selected the portion of the image that you want to keep, press the button. The trimmed image is saved using a different name.
    Note

    * Only images saved on the PS3™ system’s hard disk can be trimmed.

    Game
    Moving copy-prohibited data

    You can now move copy-prohibited saved data for PlayStation® format software and PlayStation®2 format software to a PS3™ system.

    Select the saved data, press the button, and then select [Move] from the options menu. The saved data is moved to the PS3™ system's hard disk. The data that was moved is deleted from the memory card or
    memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).
    Notes

    * Saved data that was moved can also be moved back to the memory card or memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).
    * A memory card adaptor (sold separately) is required to move the saved data.

    Network
    Revisions to the options menu for Download Management

    The options menu items under (Download Management) have been changed.

    Options menu items
    Pause All Pause downloading of all data.
    Resume All Resume downloading of all data.
    Status Display the status of data that is being downloaded in the background.
    Pause / Resume Pause or resume downloading of selected data items.
    Cancel Cancel downloading of selected data items.

    Friends
    Displaying a photo during voice / video chat

    [Display Photo] has been added to the voice / video chat options menu.

    During voice / video chat, you can display an image under (Photo) instead of the camera image or an avatar. Press the button during a chat to display the options menu, and then select [Display Photo].
    Here is an explanation of it, basically the blacks and the colour range is clearer!!

    RGB Full Range (HDMI)

    [RGB Full Range (HDMI)] has been added as an option in (Display Settings) under (Settings).

    If [Full] is set when using a TV that supports RGB full range, the picture quality of the game or video may be improved.

    Limited RGB output signal is output in the range from 16 to 235.
    Full RGB output signal is output in the range from 0 to 255.
    Notes

    * If black sometimes appears bright and sometimes appears pale on the screen when [Limited] is selected, set this option to [Full].
    * If black appears dull on the screen when [Full] is selected, set this option to [Limited].
    * This setting can be used only when [HDMI] has been selected in [Video Output Settings] under (Settings) >
    (Display Settings).

    Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)

    [Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)] has been added as an option in (Display Settings) under (Settings).