Feeds

Sony preps 3D TV upgrade for PS3 telly tuner

Further 3D firmware updates roadmapped

Top three mobile application threats

Sony is to revamp its PlayStation 3 TV tuner, the PlayTV, for the 3D era.

At this stage, details are few and far between, but since picking up 3D broadcasts will require HD compatibility, it is likely to involve new hardware.

As is stands, the PlayTV can only pick up standard definition Freeview DVB-T transmissions. An HD version requires the addition of DVB-T2 support.

Whether there will be 3D programming beamed out over the Freeview HD frequencies remains to be seen. Even Sky has yet to begin broadcasting anything more than 3D showcase reels into subscribers' homes. No wonder, then, that the timetable for the PlayTV update is vague.

Less so are the plans for the PS3. At an event hosted by department store chain John Lewis this morning, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Mick Hocking, a senior director at the company's Liverpool, Evolution and BigBIG studios, said that the PS3 will get a major firmware update in September to add support for 3D Blu-ray Disc playback.

Sony announced the 3D BD firmware update back in April, but then had not provided a timeframe for the software's release.

September, incidentally, is when Sony will release PlayStation Move, it's motion control system. That too may involve tweaks the PS3 firmware which, we suspect, will be wrapped into the general update.

Hocking also revealed that a further firmware update will come to the PS3 before the year is out, this one bringing support for 3D pictures taken with still cameras.

Sony separately announced today two compact cameras capable of snapping 3D panoramas, and it recently issued a firmware update to bring the feature to its NEX micro four-thirds style snappers.

The PS3 update will add support for the .MPO file format - MPO stands for Multi Picture Object - in which 3D shots taken with these cameras are encoded. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.