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PS3 Firmware 1.80 Adds Upscaling & Media Streaming

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After the sadly too good to be true fakery of v2.0, Sony PS3 firmware returned to officialdom this week with v1.80.

Thankfully this latest console update is a good 'un bringing upscaling of PlayStation and PS2 games along with DVDs all the way up to 'Full HD' (1080p), when viewed on a compatible HDTV set – obviously.

Sony is quick to point out this is a feature "normally only associated with top range DVD players" which is kinda true (though you can get 720p and 1080i capable upscalers from just £52. It also means your DVD collection is no longer completely useless when played through the PS3 on a High Definition television – as was the case previously.

The second major update is network media sharing which means (well, 'network media sharing') that video, music and images can be streamed from the PCs and laptops on your home network through the PS3 and shown on your TV. Sony didn't go into specifics however about which file types.

Also raising a smile in v1.80 is the console's newfound ability to enjoy Remote Play on their PSP across the Internet, thus enabling users to access their PS3 from any location so long as they have a broadband connection. Sony skips over "A host of other enhancements" in the release but does highlight the PS3's ability to now print images to "a selection of Epson printers".

Firmware 1.80 is available now and while I'm certainly pleased by these latest inclusions I can't help but feel most of them should have been integrated into the PS3 from day one...

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