Sony to release PS3 firmware update today
Upscaling comes to old games, movies
Sony is to update the PlayStation 3 system software today, rolling out a firmware tweak that allows PSOne, PS2 and DVD movies to be upscaled by the console to full 1080p HD resolution via HDMI. Well, if you've got the right kind of telly, of course...
PS3 Firmware 1.80 also rolls out internet-spanning remote control using a PlayStation Portable. The PS3 itself can now grab content from locally networked DLNA-compatible devices and play it back on a TV screen. DLNA devices are certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance, an industry body that promotes connectivity between devices in the home.
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Going the other way, photographs kept on the PS3's hard drive can now be sent to hard copy on Epson printers.
Make stronger UMD cases for the UMD's
when I put the UMD in my pocket or even in a friggin' "UMD" case
the plastic front of the UMD falls in.
If i push the plastic part in, it falls in, or out, the point is that it falls somehow.
and sometimes , its not me, the the friggin' case falls itself if pressed hard enough!
I think i speak for all PSP owners when i say:
"MAKE THE PLASTIC PART OF THE UMD's STRONGER!!!!"
Who cares about this HD mumbo jumb what about the GH2 controller support
So does adding upscalling make it worth the price?...
If they think this will make it more attractive, they can think again. By all reports most people are uninterested in HD anyway. They want portable gadgets and they want the Wii (which isn't even HD!).
I can't see adding upscaling to the already overpriced PS3 making it any more attractive to get people to buy into their Blu-Ray gamble.
They would have been better off leaving out the Blu-Ray stuff and launching a next-gen games machine at a fraction of the price. But of course Blu-Ray is their baby and they won't let it lie (especially with those lucrative licence fees at stake). Hardly anyone cares, and those that do already realise HD-DVD is a far cheaper and less restrictive option but even that may not get anywhere (SACD vs DVD-A anyone?).
I can still see plenty of PS3s collecting dust in stores as they currently are.