A support file on the European PlayStation site has provided detailed information regarding the upcoming Firmware v2.10 update for the PS3, including that it will upgrade the PS3 to a Blu-ray Profile v1.1 player. This update will allow the machine to playback picture-in-picture content on upcoming Blu-ray titles such as '3:10 to Yuma'.
Other updates include a voice changer, which can be used during audio chat and in game, and playback support for DivX video files. No date has been announced for when the update will be made available publicly, but with a support file already up, expect it to be very, very soon.
I have to agree with several posters, this is great news...and I really hope that something is done soon about DTS MA so I can play all those Fox discs and Hairspray and Close Encounters in lossless sound...hurry Sony:-)
I reported this earlier today but my news never gets posted or credited.
At least us PS3 owners will have the latest and greatest Blu-Ray support on our PS3 and I'm sure 2.0 or BD+ Live, which ever name they decide on, will likely be released for the PS3 before and Blu Discs require it. Good job Sony!
Folks, this update does not make your PS3 profile 2.0. It only makes it 1.1 Sony will release an additional firmware release that makes the PS3 2.0 capable. There are some additional technical aspects to profile 2.0 that will need to be implemented before the PS3 can be considered 2.0 capable.
But it doesn't really matter anyway. There are zero discs with online capabilities released yet.
Personally, although the PiP will be nice and it will help shut up SOME of the HD-DUD talking points, it's over-rated. I think the ONLY reason the BD group even considered it was because Amir used it as one of his highest talking points.
And don't think that we'll EVER get rid of the HD-DUD talking points. Even when we have 2.0 on many of the players (including the PS3), they'll always just say, "Well it's not mandated so content providers won't use that feature." Trust me. There's no shutting up those ID10T's.
Well, 1.1 doesn't matter "now" either. What we're using now is Grace Period Profile (1.0), not Final Standard Profile (1.1) which is now marketed as Bonus View. There are no discs that use 1.1 or 2.0, because no 1.1 players existed until recently. (Still no Sony BD standalone is 1.1!)
No, the BD group didn't design 1.1 because "Amir used it as one of his highest talking points". They were just late and launched with the grace period standard that was missing some of the planned final features. IMHO, they should have waited & launched with the 1.1 spec so early adopters wouldn't get the shaft later for so-called Bonus View content.
Let's see how people respond to the first 1.1 titles, starting in Jan?
Cool, I hate to complain but, now all I want is a High-res audio bitstream for TrueHD and DTS-HD, and in game access to messaging and chat features. If I have to buy a new PS3 in a year to get bitstreaming, I will, hopefully they start implementing HDMI 1.3a/b so we can bitstream high res audio. As far as adding Prof. 1.1, I'm one of the guys that always said I could care less about PIP commentary so, I'll choose higher quality A/V over bonus features any day. For me, this is the first update I actually say....meh.
Can somebody explain what is so special or beneficial about Divx codecs? I've been hearing of complain of ps3 not having Divx for so long but don't exactly know the biggest benefit most of these people are looking for.
so im about to buy me a a ps3 this week since i need another bluray player and i got a question. Does the ps3 allow you to stream videos off of your computer or if you use the web browser on the ps3 can you download directly to the hdd for playback? i download a ton of videos off of ign.com and gametrailers and want to see if there is a way to view them across the ps3
I think giving importance to pip is more falling in the hddvd fans' game. I prefer picture quality, so i'm happy with my ps3 and bluray. Having a pip isn't al THAT IMPORTANT but I appreciate it. What I'm overwhelmed by is the divx playback.
ZeenMan84, DivX (and XviD) is just a popular MPEG-4 Pt. 2 based video codec... beyond it's legitimate uses, the pirate video community uses it heavily. It normally uses the crappy AVI container format as popularized on Windows.
DefTechPioElite, PCM will be the standard like it or not. As you know, PS3's chipset can't do bitstream for advanced codecs and I doubt you'll see a chipset update in a next-gen PS3. Feel free to hope, but if you want this, I'd think about a standalone player.
I have streamed music and photos from my PC to my PS3, with nero mediahome, I think it was called. I'm sure it would do videos as well. Supposedly, you can do it with Windows media player, too, but I couldn't get that to work for me.
Downloaded and installed! Now to play around with it.
It was really bugging me that I couldn't play divx on my PS3 so I ended up hooking a PC directly to my 42". I only really watch divx when i miss a tv show and it's not released in HD online.
When using TVersity, mediaplayer, or Nero home I wasn't able to fast forward faster then 1.5x(using wireless). That was really annoying for me. Now if i ever go back and bother i can just transfer these video files to the PS3 and play right from the HD.