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Sony Unveils First 3D Games for PS3, No 3D Blu-ray in June

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245w ago - Today TechRadar.com (linked above) received word from Sony Computer Entertainment of the first 3D games that will be arriving for the PS3 entertainment system, and also news that the rumored June PlayStation 3 Firmware update won't include Blu-ray 3D support.

The PS3 titles already confirmed are Wipeout HD, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, PAIN and Super Stardust HD... all slated to be released through PSN the same day the 3D TVs, the Bravia LED LCD HX803 range, launches.

To quote: "The PlayStation 3 will eventually get 3D Blu-ray compatibility but this is to come in the form of another firmware update later in the year.

While it's great that Sony will be offering 3D for free on the PS3, the delay of 3D Blu-ray on the console will be a blow to those PS3 owners looking to buy a 3D TV and save money on not purchasing a 3D Blu-ray player."
 

PS3 Not Compatible with New BDXL Spec 128GB Blu-ray Discs?

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247w ago - This weekend Engadget (linked above) reported that unlike going 3D this summer, Sony's PS3 entertainment system won't be able to read the upcoming 128GB BDXL Spec Blu-ray discs with just a PlayStation 3 Firmware update... a new player will likely be required.

To quote: "The Blu-ray Disc Association's rolling out a new BDXL format capable of holding up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable).

Before you get too excited, you should know that you'll need a new player to access these - even a firmware update won't save the PS3 this time - since they go up to three or four layers deep and will likely need a more powerful laser."

Press Release: Blu-ray Disc Association Announces Additional Format Enhancements

LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) Apr 03, 2010 The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL™ (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs) are expected in the next few months.

The BDXL specification, which is targeted primarily at commercial segments such as...
 

Pocket Blu: iPhone Blu-ray Player and PS3 Remote Control Arrives

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252w ago - Today PS3Center.net (linked above) has ran across a free new iPhone application dubbed [Register or Login to view links], which essentially turns your iPhone into a Blu-ray player and PS3 remote control.

It can be downloaded from the [Register or Login to view links] and is being labeled as "the perfect utility application to compliment your Blu-ray movie watching experience."

The app is also also available for Blackberry and Android devices.

Requirements:

• Pocket BLU enabled Blu-ray discs
• BD-Live enabled Blu-ray player
• Pocket BLU enabled device
• Wi-Fi connection

Current Pocket BLU enabled Blu-ray discs: Bruno, Funny People, Public Enemies, Inglourious Basterds, American Pie 7 - American Pie Presents: Book of Love, 9, Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball, Couples Retreat, Cirque du Freak, and Fourth Kind.
 

Sony to Launch 3D-ready BDP-S470 Blu-ray Player for $200

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254w ago - Sony is set to launch its first 3D-ready Blu-ray Player model BDP-S470 later this month for $200, which is $100 less than the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

With a PS3 Firmware update slated for release this summer, it will be able to show 3D video in Full HD 1080p providing you have a 3D capable HDTV to view it in 3D.

As well as being able to display 3D video, the Sony BDP-S470 had play BD, DVD, CD and SACD, and it comes with BD-Live support, Bravia Internet Video, and a USB port that can be used to playback video from an external source.

Other features include 1080p DVD up-scaling, TueHD/DTS-HD Master audio decoding, and it also features support for Sony's free BD Remote App for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will let you control the player with your handheld Apple device.

PS3 3D titles showcased at CES 2010 included MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, Resistance 2, and Killzone 2.
 

Rumor: Sony PS4 to Use Optical Storage Discs Like Blu-ray on PS3

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259w ago - Sony's Senior VP of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida at SCEA has hinted in a recent interview with German site [Register or Login to view links] that PS4 may use optical storage discs like the Blu-ray discs the PlayStation 3 currently utilizes.

To quote from the interview, roughly translated: "Whether Shuhei Yoshida believes that the technology of digital distribution even when stationary consoles like the PlayStation 3 or a future 'PlayStation 4 prevails, "we wanted to know about him:" I think that digital content easier to portable devices like the PSP or the iPod fits.

It's faster, easier and more convenient than a CD, and the volumes of data keep both in music and play in bounds, "replies the Senior Vice President of Product Development at SCEA in discussion with video games area.

For home consoles, where the game files 5 to 30 gigabytes in size, was a download, however no longer feasible. Disc-based media would play on the console market is a part.

"Game developers now have to use the entire capacity of a Blu-ray Disc. But we supplement the offer with smaller titles from the PlayStation Store, but the big blockbuster games will continue to appear...
 
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