PlayStation 3 gets 3D Blu-Ray movie support

In a firmware update today, Sony will be issuing PS3 owners with the capability to watch 3D Blu-ray content on their consoles, according to PC World. Of course, you’ll still need the appropriate TV to display such content, but the steady increase in the amount of sets being built with this feature has convinced Sony that the firmware upgrade was necessary. The PS3 has had support for 3D gaming since June, and Sony has been offering rudimentary 3D games in their online marketplace since then.

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While the entertainment industry is still a little pessimistic about the popularity of 3D movies, movie titles keep popping up on store shelves, and more and more TV sets are being sold with 3D functionality. In fact, reading this story gave me a little Déjà vu. Back in the early days of the current-generation console wars, when Nintendo hadn’t yet stormed the market, and Xbox seemed to be the early winner with almost a year head-start, Sony took a gamble and shipped their basic system with a Blu-Ray disc player. This was also right in the middle of another great industry war: Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD. Sony accomplished two things by installing Blu-Ray in their systems. They fixated themselves in the console world as the entertainment center of the consoles, and they all but won the HD media war for Blu-Ray, whose primary competition was Toshiba's HD-DVD. A similar shift is about to happen with 3D movies. Sony's introduction of 3D movies into the PS3 will only cause the demand for 3D movies to increase. While this may not be an immediate success for Sony, it’s definitely a victory for the entertainment industry.  

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I don't really care for 3d. I want more updates to the online aspect, like party chats, file organization, and better + content. But having a bluray player freely updated for the newest of tech is always a good thing in my book, just not about to go spend more on a tv when I just got a new one, that doesn't do 3d lol.

Every time I've tried a bit of 3D TV I have been very underwhelmed, impracticality of needing glasses aside, any sort of fast movement is very flickery and looking at any scene is like looking at a diorama made up of 2D cut outs.

I will be glad when the fad in its current form has burnt itself out.

Article said,
you'll still need the appropriate TV to display such content

Not only an HDTV that supports 3D, but also an HDMI cable 1.3c.

Since applying the 3.50 update, anyone experiencing slight stutters ingame? E.g FIFA 2011 demo ran fine previously but now there's a slight random pause.

Well, at least all those people who went out and bought PS3 as an early-adoption bluray player aren't cursing at themselves for having an outdated player now!

Shadrack said,
Well, at least all those people who went out and bought PS3 as an early-adoption bluray player aren't cursing at themselves for having an outdated player now!

yeah, they just all need to buy new televisions for a feature that isn't going to last long at all in its current form.

ahhell said,
Whoop-dee-do!!!

Until they can produce 3D with no stupid glass, they can count me out.

That reasoning just makes no sense to me.

Glendi said,

That reasoning just makes no sense to me.


Well having 3D glasses is both impractical and expensive if you invite 10 friends round to watch some football...

Tom W said,

Well having 3D glasses is both impractical and expensive if you invite 10 friends round to watch some football...

3d football..... what? But I get your point, it is very impractical and expensive to even have a small group of friends watch anything 3d.

Tom W said,

Well having 3D glasses is both impractical and expensive if you invite 10 friends round to watch some football...

Passive glasses are only £1 each. At some cinemas you have to buy them rather than loan them now.

Also, if you have a lounge big enough to host 10 men. And you have a TV that's 3D capable. And you have Sky 3D and/or a PS3.....

... then you get spend £10 on passive 3D glasses for your 10 friends.

Tom W said,

Well having 3D glasses is both impractical and expensive if you invite 10 friends round to watch some football...

They are no different than optical glasses.

webcivilian said,
where's my cross game voice chat?

No kidding. I didn't even notice the "change to plus" either lol. Though I did notice something new to me, not to the update, and that is pressing Square in game and video area changes how you view things LOL.

webcivilian said,
LOL on you as I was reply to a story on PS3. LOL again.

PS3 and PSP are designed to work together - lol - together they make a winning combo...