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PS3 Getting Update For Blu-Ray 2.0 Spec

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The beautiful thing about having a PS3 is that you get all the current BD shit over the wire. It’s too bad they didn’t enforce this with all BD players. And people wonder why HD-DVD was technically better than Blu-Ray. Here’s the full release from Sony:

PLAYSTATION(R)3 To Support New Interactive Blu-ray Movie Features (BD-LIVE)
With Upcoming System Software Update

PS3(TM) Owners Will Soon Enjoy Downloadable Movie Content, Games And More With
Blu-ray Disc(TM) Profile 2.0; PS3’s Interoperability With PSP(R) Will Also Be
Enhanced

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment
America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for
PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, slated for release in
late March, will add Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE, enabling
PS3 owners to experience interactive features, such as downloadable video
content, ringtones, games, and more. In addition to BD-LIVE, the system
software update (v. 2.20) will enable photo and music playlists on PS3 to be
copied to PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system, among
other new features. These updates demonstrate how PS3 continues to evolve as a
home entertainment hub with the flexibility to deliver the newest technology
innovations that benefit PS3 owners.
“With Blu-ray established as the high-definition optical disc standard,
more consumers are ready to jump in and take advantage of everything the
format offers,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing,
SCEA. “Whether you want to download movie extras, send ringtones to your
phone, or play interactive games, BD-LIVE will offer exciting new ways to
enjoy a Blu-ray movie. With these regular firmware updates and future-proofed
technology, SCEA is making the 10-year lifecycle of PS3 possible.”
BD Profile 2.0 requires an Internet connection and at least 1GB of local
storage. The following features have all been demonstrated as possibilities
with BD-Live and will vary by movie title.

— A variety of downloadable content can be offered, including bonus
scenes, shorts, trailers, subtitles, ringtones that can be sent to
mobile phones, images, and more.
— Interactive movie-based games can pit players who are sitting in the
same room, or are across the world and online, against each other.

In conjunction with the PS3 firmware update, Sony Pictures Home
Entertainment (SPHE) is pleased to announce two BD-LIVE enabled titles to be
released on April 8 – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The 6th Day. Both
titles will include exclusive downloadable content that goes beyond what is
available on the actual Blu-ray discs. These initial releases preview some of
the exciting new developments that will soon be available from BD-LIVE on Blu-
ray disc.
Beyond BD-LIVE, the new system software update enhances PS3 system’s
interoperability with PSP system, enabling users to take their favorite music
and photo playlists with them on-the-go with their PSP. To copy a playlist,
PSP and PS3 must first be connected with a USB cable, and the PSP must be in
USB mode. Then, on PS3, select “Copy” in the option menu of each music or
photo playlist, and choose PSP as the destination. Now the playlist order, and
the songs or photos themselves, will be accessible on the PSP’s Memory Stick
PRO Duo anytime, anywhere. This new functionality makes it easer than ever to
share media content between the two systems.

The following new features will also be included in the system software
update.

— “Resume play” will enable PS3 system to start playing a Blu-ray disc
and DVD at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been
removed.(*1)
— “Audio Output Device” will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP
to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.
— PS3 system’s Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly
linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s
view speed will be improved.
— DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.
— “Mosquito Noise Reduction” will be added as an AV setting in the
control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.(*2)

*1 BD-J format disc is not supported.
*2 BD discs recorded with BDMV format are not supported.

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