Sony upscales PS3's PlayTV to HD
Also adds Aino 'PlayStation phone' support
Sony has released an update for the PlayStation 3 Play TV tuner unit enabling it to better serve the needs of HD buffs and mobile maniacs.
Version 1.21 of the unit's software lets you watch, pause and record HD TV over a DVB-T standard broadcast, Sony said, and makes it possible to simultaneously watch and record free digital HD channels.
The update also supposedly provides “better standard definition upscaling”, Sony added, so that when you are watching SD channels on an HD screen they look “as good as they possibly can”.
Sony hasn’t released any resolution-related figures, of course.
Last, but not least. The update optimises PlayTV’s interface for use with Sony Ericsson’s Aino ‘PlayStation’ handset - which enables gamers to browse the PS3’s XMB user interface, access content stored on the console’s HDD and more.
Further information about the PlayTV update and details about how to download it can be found online now. ®
is the only pvr in the world where you have to trawl through the listings each week to mark what you want to record. It has been designed by people who have never used a pvr before, and seemingly is designed by people who don't use it.
When is TiVo coming back to the UK?
The plot thickens...
Re: Very good it is too
MarkOne: How exactly do you know what the upscaling is like? You don't even own a PS3!
Very good it is too.
The upscaling picture is phenomenal, clearly using the very good DVD upscaling libraries the PS3 has.
Unfortunatly, it won't be able to pickup HD in the UK on freeview, merely because they decided to opt for an merging T2 DVB standard rather than the established one (the opposite of what is happening in DAB world).
SeriesLink functionality is missing in the update, it slipped apparently, but still being worked on. Now that PlayTV has a much wider audience, it should accelerate the rate of development (the latest firmware opens PlayTV up to another 36 countries apparently, including Australia).