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PS3 to get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 update before end of 2007

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366w ago - The PlayStation 3 is going to get an update to its firmware that will allow it to play Blu-ray profile 1.1 movies much sooner than expected.

On the 2nd January 2008 Sony are releasing Resident Evil: Extinction is the first Blu-ray movie to use profile 1.1. It is promising to be the most technologically advanced blu-ray movie ever as it will feature true picture in picture and 'Blu-Wizard 2' which will allow your player to 'remember' your viewing preferences for the movie, even after you have ejected it. The movie will also feature PlayStation 3 demos of Devil May Cry 4 and the new Resident Evil game.

Sony are going to want to be sure that the biggest market of Blu-ray consumers, PlayStation 3 owners, will be able to take advantage of these features. So expect a firmware update by the end of 2007.
 

PS3 Celebrates its First Birthday, 5.6 Million Sold

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366w ago - Sony's little baby turns one. The PS3 has been crawling along, but can it walk or maybe even run? Sony is still aiming for 11 million units sold this fiscal year with 160 new games.

Sony today is celebrating the PlayStation 3s' first anniversary. The console has certainly had its fair share of difficulties thanks to high price points and a lack of "killer apps." Following the launch of the $399 model, business is already on the up and up, according to Sony Chairman Howard Stringer.

According to Sony, the PS3 has now sold 5.6 million units worldwide, 2 million of which have been purchased in North America. The company's worldwide sales goal for next March remains 11 million units. Sony also noted that year to date sales of PS3 in Japan and EMEA outsold Xbox 360 by three-to-one.

In terms of software, 28 million PS3 software units have been sold across the globe, seven million of which were sold in North America. A total of 160 new PS3 titles are expected to be released this fiscal year, including 19 exclusives from first and third party. A total of 23 third parties are creating content for the PS3.

Although the trend for the last year has been for publisher to create Xbox 360 SKUs and then port to PS3, Sony claims this is now starting to reverse: "Developers are now creating games...
 

Most HD Game Resolutions Not Even 720p Let Alone 1080p

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366w ago - Well it turns out that when a game box says that it runs in 720p or 1080p it's not entirely true. Sure you can set it to that resolution but the actual game output resolution is rarely exactly that.

Check out two of the biggest releases of the season for example:

COD4 (360) 1024–600p 2xAA
COD4 (PS3) 1024–600p 2xAA
Uncharted (PS3) 960–1080 in 1080p

Neither Call of Duty 4 or Uncharted run in the actual resolutions.

The reason most games do this is to allow for more visual effects to be rendered to the screen without slowing the game down. Most won't ever notice or care but it's kind of interesting to find out the actual resolutions that games render in. Here are some more recent ones along with a huge list of older releases from the pixel counter at Beyond3D.

Def Jam: Icon (PS3) 1152–648
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PS3) 1920–1080 FullHD
Transformers (PS3) 960–1080
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 720p): 960–720
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 1080p): 780–1080
Oblivion (360): 1024–600 (PS3 version is full 720p)
ICO (PS2): 512–224p (less than Tekken on PS1 at 512–240)
VF5 (PS3 720p): 1024–1024 (same as 360)
VF5 (PS3 1080p): 1024–768

Here are some older discoveries from the same thread:
 

Uncharted sneaking into select retailers early?

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366w ago - The highly anticipated Uncharted is joining Ratchet & Clank as yet another high-profile PS3 game that's releasing earlier than expected. Various reports suggest that the game will be available at select retailers tomorrow. In fact, GameStop.com is already shipping the game.

When we contacted a Sony PR representative, they told us that the game is not meant to be sold early, and that these may be specific instances of stores breaking the official street date. Regardless, if you already have a pre-order, it couldn't hurt to call your local game store and see if they'll be giving you Uncharted goodness early.
 

Video proof: Why Uncharted is the best looking PS3 game to date

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366w ago - We go beyond the demo to capture some incredible action

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is undoubtedly one of the stand out PS3 games of the year, and one that we certainly can't put down. Due to hit US stores in a matter of days, 17 November, with the UK release following on 7 December, Christmas may well come early for owners of Sony's black box.

As those of you who have downloaded the demo from the PlayStation Store will already know, Uncharted is full off incredible visuals and set pieces and, thankfully, these don't end when the demo does.

Video can be seen here!
 
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