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PS3 3D Blu-ray Firmware Update Arriving 21 September

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PS3 3D Blu-ray Firmware Update Arriving 21 September

Sony has announced that firmware version 3.50 for the PS3 will arrive on 21 September, bringing with it 3D Blu-ray movie support.

The announcement was made at a Sony press conference held today at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show. The press conference was entirely in Japanese, so it’s not clear if that date is a worldwide one, but we're waiting for confirmation at the moment.

Image courtesy Engadget

The PS3 was updated to play 3D games back in June, and up to now there’s been no clear reason for the delay in bringing 3D Blu-ray compatibly too. Could Sony have simply been trying to push sales of its new range of 3D enabled dedicated Blu-ray players?

Either way, the firmware should be here real-soon-now, so if you’ve been waiting for this to upgrade to a 3D enabled TV, then your patience will soon be rewarded.

In other news, Sony also announced that it has added BBC iPlayer support to its Bravia range of televisions. The streaming service will be available only on Bravia TVs that have a Freeview HD tuner, even though the tuner won't be in use to view the content.

The BBC iPlayer is also available on Sony's 2010 range of Blu-ray players and Home Cinema systems.

Link: Engadget 2010 TGS Live Blog.

Stelph

September 16, 2010, 5:16 pm

Forgive me if this is a stupid questions but does this mean that the PS3 will only do 3D on 3D TV's? Why cant it using "passive" glasses like the ones at the cinema and use a standard TV? Think id be more willing to try out the new 3D films at home if it didnt involve buying a whole new set of equipment

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 16, 2010, 6:54 pm

@Stelph: Passive glasses in cinemas use two differently aligned polarising lenses and a special projector and special screen so each eye "sees" a differently polarised image. Standard TVs are not polarised (except LCD TVs and they're one polar all over) and there is no way to make them "bi-polar", so to speak, without halving the horizontal resolution





Google for "autostereoscopic" and you'll see what the hurdle is.





You can make a standard TV active stereoscopic with something like nVidia's 3D Vision, but with a standard 60Hz TV you'd end up with 30Hz per eye which will give anyone a headache pretty much immediately. The only way round this is a doubling in frequency to 120Hz to give 60Hz per eye, which again needs new equipment because no 60Hz TV can be made to go 120Hz straight away!

Stelph

September 16, 2010, 8:02 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder





Ah I see, many thanks for clarifying!

MR DV

September 17, 2010, 8:58 pm

I wondered about the HDMI output. All new 3D kit is HDMI v1.4. Blu-Ray players and TVs alike. So how is a 4 year old Playstation compatible? Anyone care to elaborate?


I think v1.4 is just more industry tosh to convince people further their current TVs are old and out of date.

Me

September 18, 2010, 1:19 am

Sony didn't need to rush as there are only about 4 3D films on Blu ray available at the moment. There is not likely to be great demand for 3D with that number of films.





@MR DV any 3D TV will be HDMI v1.4 compliant and you need a v1.4 cable too. I guess it is just a firmware upgrade for the PS3 to make it v1.4 compatible.





I am still not convinced there will be queues of people lining up for 3D TVs.

GoldenGuy

September 18, 2010, 10:29 pm

This is a really, really good value console now. Even if you have no particular need for 3D, the PS3's now futureproofed against it.

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