PS3 firmware update brings upscaling

A few months back Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison promised that upscaling would be introduced for PS3. Well, now it’s official.

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia today announced the availability of new firmware, bringing with it many new features for the PS3. Most notably, firmware version 1.80 features upscaling of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to full 1080p HD resolution (if you’re lucky enough to have a 1080p set, that is).

Sony boasts, “The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure…”

It should be noted that the Xbox 360 can also upscale DVD movies to 1080p, but this is only possible through a VGA connection or an HDMI connection (and for the HDMI connection, you would need to buy the new Xbox 360 Elite). The 360 does upscale all backwards compatible original Xbox titles, however.

The other notable feature in firmware 1.8 is Remote Play, which enables gamers who own both the PSP and the PS3 to use the portable to access their PS3 anywhere in the world where a broadband Internet connection is available. Other enhancements in the firmware include the ability to view and play rich media content such as images, music and video on the PS3 that is stored on their DLNA3 enabled devices such as PCs and laptops elsewhere in the house (this is something the 360 does currently), and the ability to print photo images stored on PS3’s hard disk or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers.


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