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Upcoming PS3 Firmware To Add Blu-ray Profile 1.1 Support

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347w ago - According to Sony VP of advanced technologies Don Eklund, the PlayStation 3 is set to receive a new firmware update later this month, enhancing the console's Blu-ray playback capabilities.

The update is said to bring preliminary Blu-ray Profile 1.1 support to the PS3, which adds picture-in-picture playback.

To quote: Sony's PlayStation 3 will this month be updated to allow it to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 - the version of the optical disc spec that enables picture-in-picture.

The claim was made this week by senior Sony executive Don Eklund, who oversees Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's technology policy, including Blu-ray Disc support.

Eklund made the comment during the High-Def 2.0 conference held in Los Angeles, US trade title Home Media Magazine reports.
 

PlayStation Firmware Interview: Faster Updates, Fewer For 2008

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347w ago - The interview was with Eric Lempel, director of network operations for Sony Computer Entertainment America, who I spoke with last week. Lempel is not just responsible for the PSP PC store. He's also behind any of the firmware upgrades SCEA issues for the PS3 and PSP.

Lempel and I mostly talked about the store during our interview, but late in our chat the topic of firmware came up. Why have there been so many firmware upgrades this year? What is Sony's current firmware strategy? And what kind of features are coming?

No, he did not say when customizable XMB will be implemented. But he was open nonetheless and suggests a promising, more user-friendly future is in the works. Here's an excerpt from our conversation, the rest of which follows below:

Multiplayer: There've been a lot [of PlayStation 3 firmware upgrades] and it's certainly improved the machine. I can't say that I love every time I turn my system on – well not every time I turn my system on – but when I turned my system on last night to check something needed an upgrade already. I just got 2.0.

Lempel: Right. Right. We're trying to certainly cut down on the amount of times we do it. But on occasion when we've got these good features ready to go, let's give them out to the consumers. Let's get them...
 

Playstation 3 Turns Into Useless Brick After Firmware Update 2.01

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348w ago - Want your own BrickStation 3? Upgrade to 2.01 and hold your breath... Starting last week, PS3 owners started reporting that their next gen console would not read their Blu-Ray discs. Some users reported that their PS3 would not even read DVDs. All reports started to come in after gamers made the upgrade to 2.01.

"I inserted Blu Ray Disc into PS3 for first time and movie appeared under video tab. It started to play and i started skipping previews and then all of a sudden screen went blank. I went back to PS3 home screen and tried ejected and inserting Blu Ray movie back into PS3 and the icon fails to appear under the video tab. I then tried DVD and that did not appear either. PS3 Games still work. Please help!"

Today when I myself tried to update my PS3 to 2.01, I was left with a half bricked PS3. What I mean by this is that I can longer use any media that resembles a severely flattened donut on my PS3. This includes cds, dvds, games, and blu-ray disks. Some of you may be familiar with the message of "Disc Unreadable/ Unrecognized", however this does not even show up when a disc is inserted.

Tomorrow I am heading over to Best Buy to swap it out, and perhaps you should you should too if you have the best buy warranty. However, while this solution will get you back up and running quickly,...
 

Call of Duty 4 PS3 Firmware problems resolved!

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349w ago - As expected, Infinity Ward has confirmed that the problems of the PS3 version of Call of Duty 4 following the release of firmware v2.01 are now over and done with.

They announced that gamers should no longer be receiving error messages or any other issues related to the firmware update in the game and they thanked for everyone letting them know so they could get the issued resolved efficiently.

The actual fix is separate to a forthcoming patch for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions which promised optimisation of the multiplayer experience. However patch v1.2 for the PC is available to grab from InfinityWard.com.
 

PS3 Firmware v2.01 Update released!

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349w ago - As mentioned recently, today PS3 Firmware v2.01 Update is now available via Network Update or from the download links below:

Download: PS3 Firmware v2.01 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware v2.01 Update (EU)

Update: jabberosx has confirmed for us HERE that rendib's belief is incorrect, and PS3 Update v2.01 does NOT currently support DivX yet.

Also, EckoUnltd shared with us the official v2.01 change log via PlayStation Blog:

• Stability during playing some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.

• Stability of System Software including Internet Browser and Information Board has been improved.

• Stability of the upscaler for PlayStation 2 format software has been improved. (Playability of PlayStation 2 depends on model)

• [Remote Start] feature is changed to avoid unintended power on.

Although an official changelog is not yet available, it's believed...
 
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