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New PlayStation 3 firmware update adds Blu-ray Profile 1.1 support

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Dec 2007 18:32 User comments (24)

New PlayStation 3 firmware update adds Blu-ray Profile 1.1 support This morning, the Sony UK PlayStation website leaked the new features of PlayStation 3 Firmware upgrade 2.10 that should hit consoles tomorrow.
The main updates will be big news for those who enjoy Blu-ray movies. The PS3 will finally support Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 meaning the PS3 will support picture-in-picture and audio mixing features. Also included will be the new BD Data Utility.

Additionally, support for DivX and VC-1 encoded files as been added, which should please users who have felt the console's video playback is lacking. There are however, a few issues. The PS3 still wont play copyright-protected files, files encoded by using DivX 3.11, or that are 2GB or larger.

Finally, a "voice changer" option will be added to allow users to "mask the sounds of their voice when chatting on audio or video chat over the PlayStation Network."

Source:
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24 user comments

118.12.2007 0:37

Divx is working great on the PS3 so far. As i said before keep the good updates coming.

218.12.2007 1:17
Globe08
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im not a fan of the ps3 whatsoever but a voice mixer....thats PIMP!

318.12.2007 3:54

Originally posted by Globe08:
im not a fan of the ps3 whatsoever but a voice mixer....thats PIMP!
Now we can sound like Darth Vader or the Chipmunks on online GAMES. LOL

418.12.2007 7:24

You know the idea of updating the console with firmware wasnt a bad one after all. They didnt have to pack everything they would have wanted in, in the first place but over time it gets better and better for free. Not that im one to care much about blu-ray or picture in picture but for whoever does im sure they will apreciate this no doubt. Its nice from them to do this so even when the console turns 4 or 5 it will still be relevant.

518.12.2007 7:58

Great update. I think as of now, the PS3 is the only BR-player that supports BR disc profile 1.1.
The other additions are also pretty neat, including the support for DivX and VC-1 as well as the voice changer.

618.12.2007 9:00

Originally posted by kyo28:
Great update. I think as of now, the PS3 is the only BR-player that supports BR disc profile 1.1.
Not really. The Panasonic DMP-BD30 is the first one to come out that had Profile 1.1 capability.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/1184

718.12.2007 10:42

I'm just waiting on an the firmware upgrade allowing Profile 2.0 on the PS3, thats when I'll pick up this BD player/gaming machine =D

818.12.2007 11:17
hughjars
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Conrats on them finally getting profile 1.1 to work on the PS3
(tho I'll wait for several user reports before taking this as completely read & bug-free).

Now they just have to get some actual media out to make it of use. :P

Weird how with it's built-in ethernet port they didn't just go for profile 2.0 and the internet angle.
Without it it's still very limited compared to iHD.

Mind you it's a really stupid limitation being placed on it with 2GB files, for a high definition console the only divx files/movies you could play on it under that size wouldn't/couldn't even be HD (or would have such a low bit-rate they'd look no better than SD).

918.12.2007 11:28

So why is it when Sony can't get it right and they release updates people are praising them...? When Microsoft get's it wrong and releases updates, everyone flips their lid... it's a rehtorical question.

1018.12.2007 11:38
hughjars
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Adding WMV/VC-1 support at this stage is also a bit of a weird one considering
(although I'm reading reports of people having trouble with it already).

I see there's no DTS HD support either.

1118.12.2007 12:03

What kind of support for audio tracks/profile can we expect the PS3 to be at in a year? as well as price?
that's when I see myself recovering from my 360 purchase and leaning to the PS3 =D

1218.12.2007 13:01

thats why u cut the divx.. have 4 1gb parts. =] uh oh HD on divx. shhh.

1318.12.2007 13:01

double.

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1418.12.2007 14:06

Originally posted by jshinevar:
So why is it when Sony can't get it right and they release updates people are praising them...? When Microsoft get's it wrong and releases updates, everyone flips their lid... it's a rehtorical question.
Even tho that is a rhetorical question, there is a simple answer for that.

Sony's updates are add's.
MS updates are Fixes.

Simple as that.

1518.12.2007 14:18

Quote:
Originally posted by jshinevar:
So why is it when Sony can't get it right and they release updates people are praising them...? When Microsoft get's it wrong and releases updates, everyone flips their lid... it's a rehtorical question.
Even tho that is a rhetorical question, there is a simple answer for that.

Sony's updates are add's.
MS updates are Fixes.

Simple as that.
Thats is so true....lmao

1618.12.2007 14:57
OhCrap
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It just keeps getting better and better. God bless Sony.

1718.12.2007 15:04

Not over the moon with the DivX implementation either.
My 360 can stream 1080P VC-1 encoded movies in 5.1 surround at over 8 Gig from my PC or from DL DVD.
2 Gig limit.......must be the powa of da CELL :P

1818.12.2007 15:28
v965hdss
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Originally posted by jshinevar:
So why is it when Sony can't get it right and they release updates people are praising them...? When Microsoft get's it wrong and releases updates, everyone flips their lid... it's a rehtorical question.
Microsoft is a mickey mouse company...time they were split up

1918.12.2007 15:38
hughjars
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Originally posted by SDF_GR:
Sony's updates are add's.
MS updates are Fixes.

Simple as that.
- What a load of ridiculous blind fanboy BS.

Sony have issued umteen firmware fixes for various PS3 problems (although they usually prefer to call them 'issues').

They have tried to fix the scaling problems -
http://www.techimo.com/newsapp/index.pl?photo=17528

They have tried to fix various stability problems, random restarting & shutdown problems
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2007/11/1...comment-page-8/

They had to fix gameplay issues (Assasin's Creed being notorious) -
http://phgamer.wordpress.com/2007/11/18/...sins-creed-fix/

I can't be bothered listing the whole range of problems they've had and fixed with so many firmwares.

Anyone who wants to look at the list of firmwares and the problems and 'issues' they address can see them all listed here -
http://www.ps3fanboy.com/category/firmware-updates/

Anyone who tries to say that the PS3 firmwares have only been about adding functions to the PS3 and have not been about fixing problems is just a liar, plain and simple.

(tho no doubt they'll later claim to have been 'only joking')

2018.12.2007 17:57

According to Playstation.com the update is already there for you to update.

2118.12.2007 21:43
hughjars
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BTW I've read they've had to use emulation for some of this, so quite how good it turns out to be will have to remain to be seen, ditto any further moves to profile 2.0
(or beyond - I don't suppose there's any reason why they couldn't come up with a profile 3.0 or a 4.0?)

2218.12.2007 22:15

Originally posted by hughjars:
BTW I've read they've had to use emulation for some of this,
They don't really have a choice now do they?

The PS3 doesn't have the dedicated hardware to do the secondary decoding (like the SoC solutions in standalones) so they have to do everything thru emulation. The thing is the PS3 has enough muscle to do this (and I would imagine even profile 2.0) in software.

They did a good job with 1080p/24fps and SD DVD upconversion so the software for 1.1 shouldn't be too hard for them. However, you can be sure the a/v geeks will let Sony know if more tweaking needs to be done on their software once the 1.1 discs come out.

Some form of "emulation" is also involved when the 360 plays an HD DVD movie on the add on.

That's exactly what emulation means - having one machine (the 360 or the PS3) perform the duties of, or behave like, another machine (an HD standalone player.)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Dec 2007 @ 22:45

2319.12.2007 11:07
OhCrap
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Quote:
Originally posted by SDF_GR:
Sony's updates are add's.
MS updates are Fixes.

Simple as that.
- What a load of ridiculous blind fanboy BS.

Sony have issued umteen firmware fixes for various PS3 problems (although they usually prefer to call them 'issues').

They have tried to fix the scaling problems -
http://www.techimo.com/newsapp/index.pl?photo=17528

They have tried to fix various stability problems, random restarting & shutdown problems
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2007/11/1...comment-page-8/

They had to fix gameplay issues (Assasin's Creed being notorious) -
http://phgamer.wordpress.com/2007/11/18/...sins-creed-fix/

I can't be bothered listing the whole range of problems they've had and fixed with so many firmwares.

Anyone who wants to look at the list of firmwares and the problems and 'issues' they address can see them all listed here -
http://www.ps3fanboy.com/category/firmware-updates/

Anyone who tries to say that the PS3 firmwares have only been about adding functions to the PS3 and have not been about fixing problems is just a liar, plain and simple.

(tho no doubt they'll later claim to have been 'only joking')

I think SDF_GR was just being sarcastic, at least I hope anyways. But all in all I think its great that firmware updates can add content and even fix problems.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Dec 2007 @ 11:08

2427.12.2007 16:53

Quote:
Finally, a "voice changer" option will be added to allow users to "mask the sounds of their voice when chatting on audio or video chat over the PlayStation Network."
This feature is what interests me i like to try this as security feature on PC's.

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