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PS3 firmware update adds full screen flash viewing

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Dec 2008 21:57 User comments (6)

PS3 firmware update adds full screen flash viewing Eric Lempel, Sony's Director of PlayStation Network Operations, has posted on the official PlayStation 3 blog that the upcoming PS3 firmware update, version 2.53 will bring improvements to the Flash Player via the internet browser.
From the blog:

"Hi everyone, in the next PS3 firmware update (v2.53), coming soon, we’re improving the way the Flash Player works with the internet browser. In addition to being able to access more sites using Flash, you’ll be able to enjoy:

* Full-screen mode playability
* Live movie (using RTMP format) playability

Now it’s going to be even easier to enjoy web content on your PS3, in full-screen!"


Although that is the most notable update, gamesareevil says this is the full update list:

Users

* You now have an option to set the PS3 to turn off automatically after a background download or installation of content. This option is available when you turn off the system while content is being downloaded or installed.

Settings

* BD/DVD has been renamed to Video Settings
* Sequential Playback has been added as an option under Video Settings
* Divx VOD Registration Code has been added under System Settings
* Power Save Settings have been added as an option for the system and controllers. They can now be set to shut off after a certain period of time
* The method for connecting Bluetooth devices has been changed
* You can now choose German, French (Canada) and French (Switzerland) keyboard types
* You can now select printers that support network connectivity including HP printers using the HP option

Music

* You can now select one of nine volume output levels using the control panel
* Scene Search has been added as an option on the control panel
* Mosquito Noise Reduction has been added for video content that is saved on the hard drive or storage media
* During BD and DVD playback, a technique known as chroma upsampling is now automatically selected based on the movement of objects within the video to enhance images

Game

* Playback quality of some PS3 format software has been improved
* Text entry issues that have occurred on screen with Bluetooth keyboard have been addressed
* Trophies can now be synced with the server
* Pressing the PS button now allows you, on most PS3 format software, to view information from the Settings and Connection Status List option under Network Settings

Network

* Your internet browser will now support Adobe Flash Player content
* Full screen support has been added to Adobe Flash Player 9

Playstation Network

* The way to disable the automatic sign-in option and sign out have been changed
* Button designs have been changed on the Playstation Store along with the addition of a Redeem Codes button

Friends

* You can now view information about the most recent sign-in for friends

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6 user comments

14.12.2008 3:00

Glad to see the continuous support of an increasing number of codecs & playback options. It's clear that currently, the PS3 is the best choice for people wanting a multimedia console.

24.12.2008 4:39

Quote:
Users

* You now have an option to set the PS3 to turn off automatically after a background download or installation of content. This option is available when you turn off the system while content is being downloaded or installed.

Settings

* BD/DVD has been renamed to Video Settings
* Sequential Playback has been added as an option under Video Settings
* Divx VOD Registration Code has been added under System Settings
* Power Save Settings have been added as an option for the system and controllers. They can now be set to shut off after a certain period of time
* The method for connecting Bluetooth devices has been changed
* You can now choose German, French (Canada) and French (Switzerland) keyboard types
* You can now select printers that support network connectivity including HP printers using the HP option

Music

* You can now select one of nine volume output levels using the control panel
* Scene Search has been added as an option on the control panel
* Mosquito Noise Reduction has been added for video content that is saved on the hard drive or storage media
* During BD and DVD playback, a technique known as chroma upsampling is now automatically selected based on the movement of objects within the video to enhance images

Game

* Playback quality of some PS3 format software has been improved
* Text entry issues that have occurred on screen with Bluetooth keyboard have been addressed
* Trophies can now be synced with the server
* Pressing the PS button now allows you, on most PS3 format software, to view information from the Settings and Connection Status List option under Network Settings

Network

* Your internet browser will now support Adobe Flash Player content
* Full screen support has been added to Adobe Flash Player 9

Playstation Network

* The way to disable the automatic sign-in option and sign out have been changed
* Button designs have been changed on the Playstation Store along with the addition of a Redeem Codes button

Friends

* You can now view information about the most recent sign-in for friends

All this is from the 2.50 update, not from 2.53.

34.12.2008 6:49

Yeah, this seems like DATED news to me...I already HAVE the update!


It's nice they got real Flash 9 support instead of the Flash 5/6-compatible GNASH piece of crap that didn't work on most sites. I wish they'd support more QuickTime (and not just generic MPEG-4/H.264) and maybe even RealMedia. At least now I can order (crappy) pizza online using the PS3 browser! ;-)

44.12.2008 10:08

Sequential video playback ftw! Finally. Well, if it was already released in 2.5, then I guess I just haven't looked into it yet. Great for those with a large 500GB fat32 external drive large movies split in 4GB chunks!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Dec 2008 @ 12:04

54.12.2008 12:48

Quick question about the updates. I use my PS3 to view videos on youtube because my computer is so old it doesn't do this well. I have had no problems doing this it was really great....until now. Videos that I use to watch, I can no longer see the clip but I can hear the audio. Is this due to a recent update?! Just wanted to know if anyone new. Thanks in advance.

66.12.2008 1:28

Originally posted by Xenon24:
Quick question about the updates. I use my PS3 to view videos on youtube because my computer is so old it doesn't do this well. I have had no problems doing this it was really great....until now. Videos that I use to watch, I can no longer see the clip but I can hear the audio. Is this due to a recent update?! Just wanted to know if anyone new. Thanks in advance.

I've run across a few videos online that only play audio, but not YouTube. If anything, FW 2.50+ should play any Flash-based video BETTER since it's now Flash 9 compatible. Some Flash-heavy sites might cause problems, though...I haven't checked.

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