PS3 firmware update to include 3D playback capability

by admin on September 21, 2010

A new update from Sony for its popular Playstation 3 console may be ushering in a new dynamic in home entertainment, and could provide a boost to the allure of 3D televisions.

Sony released its new PS3 Firmware update 3.50 today, which will include 3D playback capability for 3D content on Blu-ray discs. However, in its review, PC World was quick to point out that the update isn't bringing 3D gaming to the forefront yet, as this is just support for 3D-enabled Blu-ray disks.

In order to fully experience the new update, users will need an HD 3D display, active 3D glasses and a high-speed HDMI cable, according to Playstation's official blog.

Last week, Sony's vice president of Network Operations Americas Eric Lempel wrote a blog post and previewed the update that was to come on September 21, and provided reasoning for the update.

"We know that many consumers have purchased 3D TVs already and more of you will be purchasing them as the holidays approach – so we're excited to offer this firmware update that makes all 38 million PS3s worldwide compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs," wrote Lempel.

The vice president also mentioned that the update expands on the PS3's capabilities from Sony's April update, which allowed users to play stereoscopic 3D games, such as "MotorStorm3D Rift." Other 3D titles in development include "MotorStorm: Apocalypse" and "Killzone 3."

While the 3D feature to the PS3 was the main news of the update, it wasn't the only feature Sony was rolling out for the console.

Included in the 3.50 update is the ability for users to submit "grief reports" if they receive "unwelcome or harassing messages" from other users. Also, players will be able to access public information featured on Facebook from Facebook-supported games.

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