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Hitachi's 100GB quad layer disc to be PS3 compatible via Firmware update

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356w ago - Hitachi has reportedly confirmed that its new 100GB quad layer Blu-ray disc will be compatible with the PS3 and existing Blu-ray players after a firmware update has been installed. This is promising news for all early adopters as they can sleep safe in the knowledge that they won't get left behind. The 100GB disc will also give Sony and its partners huge bragging rights over the HD-DVD camp who have been touting a 51GB capacity disc.

From the article: Hitachi is now working on improving the signal quality of its quad-layer technology so that it will be ready for market. The company also said that it is working on an eight-layer variant of the technology, which would yield a Blu-ray Disc capable of holding 200GB.

Although no new hardware may be required to read the additional layers of Hitachi's Blu-ray Disc, it is still unclear what costs, if any, would be added onto the manufacturing side of the equation. Should expensive equipment be required to manufacture the discs, movie studios may opt to release their titles across two Blu-ray Discs rather than cram Movie and special feature data onto a single disc.

While the Blu-ray camp has its hopes in Hitachi's multi-layer disc technology, the HD DVD group recently approved a triple-layer disc that is capable of holding 51GB. In order to reach...
 

PS3 1.92 Firmware OFFICIAL Changelog... Best update yet?

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359w ago - The PLAYSTATION®3 system software version 1.92 (with 1.90) update includes the following:

  • Customizing wallpaper (Theme Settings)
  • You can now display an image as the background of XMBâ„¢ (XrossMediaBar).
  • You can now use emoticons when creating messages under [Friends].
  • You can now enter text directly into text entry fields of Web pages using a USB keyboard.
  • Upsampled output of audio CDs is now supported.

    Other new or revised features in version 1.92 (with 1.90):

    Settings
    [44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz] has been added as an option in [Audio CD Output Frequency] under [Music Settings].
    [Type 2] has been added as an option in [Bitmapping] under [Music Settings].
    [On] has been added as an option in [BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)] under [BD/DVD Settings].

    Video
    The [Image Quality Adjustment] option in the control panel has been changed to [AV Settings].
    You can now play AVCHD-format video files that are saved on Memory Stickâ„¢ media or on the hard disk of a video camera.
    You can now operate the (Slow (Back)) and (Frame Reverse) functions when playing video files saved on storage media or on the hard disk.

    Game
    New for 1.92: Playability status with the...
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    PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update released!

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    359w ago - As planned, v1.93 PS3 Firmware is now available below which should remedy the Network disconnect issue from v1.92 among other changes. There is currently no official changelog available, and props to both ibleedblue744 and vfxraven19 who let us know of the update!

    Download: PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update (EU)
     

    PS3 Firmware Update v1.92 released!!

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    361w ago - As expected, PS3 Firmware v1.92 is out now!
    Changelog will follow when Sony updates with an official one.

    Download Links: 1.92 US / 1.92 EU
     

    PS3 Firmware 1.92 Available Tonight?!

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    361w ago - A rumor is floating around that new PS3 firmware is to be released within the next 24 hours. The rumor comes from a guy who called Sony regarding Warhawk issues who replied that the new firmwarwe will fix some issues and include USB downloading. Warhawk has been freezing and experienced a number of glitches, so maybe this update will address that, or perhaps its a pack of lies - we'll know for sure soon enough.

    "So i called sony to complain about warhawk and see if they had any useful information about the freezing and stats etc...

    This is what i was told from the sweet lady on the other end...

    Sony is realeasing update 1.92 on the 4th (tomorrow) and it will be for usb downloading and game updates to fix some issues. Could be some hope for the freezing issues. And if this info is old, then im sorry."
     
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