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PS3 Firmware 3.50 Adds 3D Blu-ray Movie Support September 21


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202w ago - Update: According to [Register or Login to view links], Sony's [Register or Login to view links] reveals the additional PS3 Firmware 3.50 features as follows, to quote:

"Facebook connectivity will increase and will allow users (at least from what we can gather from the translation) to post what game they're playing on the social networking site.

Moreover, you can now report messages from the XMB which will be a much-welcomed feature for those of you who recieved spam over PSN."

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] now lists the rest, as follows:

• Support for Blu-ray 3D
• 'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' - New icon [Music]. Although this service is not yet available, the icon will be shown in this section.
• Control 'Direct Pointer' in the browser via PlayStation Move.
• PlayStation Plus User Interface in the PlayStation Store updated.
• 3D Display to warn of 3D content.
• Calibration of PlayStation Move motion control will be possible the menu [Game]
• Reports about users may be sent from your PS3 through the message options on the tab [Friends]
• 14 of the most common mistakes have been extended with a description of the problem and possible solutions.
• Access to your Facebook profile via PS3 through [Allow access profile] available at [Account Management]

Sony has announced at TGS 2010 that the PS3 Firmware 3.50 update will arrive next week on September 21, and include 3D Blu-ray movie support as expected according to Engadget (linked above).

To quote from [Register or Login to view links] on this PS3 3D movie enabling system software update:

"Originally it was planned for a late October release, but Sony has bumped it up a month early and PS3 owners with 3D TVs should be excited about this.

While there may not be a large selection of 3D titles available for purchase today, this update shows that the PS3 is truly 'future proof'. With 3D gaming supported and soon movies, Sony is showing the PS3 can adapt to the market and support new changes and ideas."

Finally, Sony's Network Operations VP Eric Lempel has [Register or Login to view links] the following, to quote:

"We know that many consumers have purchased 3D TVs already and more of you will be purchasing them as the holidays approach - so we're excited to offer this firmware update that makes all 38 million PS3s worldwide compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs.

This new feature expands the PS3's 3D capabilities - as you may recall, we added the ability to play stereoscopic 3D games with the 3.30 firmware update in April.

While support for Blu-ray 3D discs is the primary new feature within the 3.50 update, there will be a few additional features. We'll post more details on the blog prior to the firmware's release, so check back here on Monday."



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dawes's Avatar
#22 - dawes - 202w ago
They would get me instantly, if they released a FW with MKV support ... but 3D - naaaah!

Yeah and how about PAL support of region free DVD and Blu-rays.

SuperDre's Avatar
#21 - SuperDre - 202w ago
Why buy a standalone mediaplayer if you already have a device that would be capable of doing exactly the same (except due to lack of codec support).

Also, have you actually seen the 3D of the 50's-80's compared to the 3D from now? that's a lot of difference IMHO.. ofcourse IMHO it's only fun for a few movies, not everything.. I can't say anything about gaming as the only real 3D gaming I have ever done is using HMD's with headtracking and even on a low resolution as 640x480 it is a whole different (positive) experience as playing the same game at a 2D flatscreen with 1920x1080 resolution, I'm already wetting myself even thinking about 1280x720 (or higher resolutions) for HMD's..
Just run PS3 Media Server (Java app) on your computer with the videos and it will transcode MKV automatically to full quality PS3 playable format. Just copy the movie that shows up in the XMB under Video->PS3 Media Server to your internal HD (e.g. 3 mins over WIFI) and you are good to play back at full quality and full framerate.
uhh.. it all depends on your computer.. My computer has problems transcoding (or recoding when subtitles are involved) with 720p and 1080p is a major pain in the but except when no transcoding is necessary.. If PS3 had better codec support (and better dnla subtitle support), transcoding wouldn't be necessary.. Why can a simple $50 mediaplayer play anything but our expensive PS3 can only play a few without transcoding.. Sony also puts the PS3 as a mediaplayer into the market, but as a mediaplayer it just stinks compared to a $50 version.. But I don't want a lot of devices connected to my TV when one would be able to handle it all (and the PS3 is able to handle it)..

lemmyin's Avatar
#20 - lemmyin - 202w ago
Just run PS3 Media Server (Java app) on your computer with the videos and it will transcode MKV automatically to full quality PS3 playable format. Just copy the movie that shows up in the XMB under Video->PS3 Media Server to your internal HD (e.g. 3 mins over WIFI) and you are good to play back at full quality and full framerate.

Simples.

chaostic's Avatar
#19 - chaostic - 202w ago
3D is only good in theaters. I'm regretting my 55" 3D TV purchase. Would rather have bought another 60" LCD and used the rest of the cash for other goodies...

kantona's Avatar
#18 - kantona - 202w ago
It seems that FW 3.42 was indeed issued just to fix the PSJailbreak exploit.

Did you have any doubts?

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