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Plenty of new video resolution options, but still no fix for those without 720p

SCEA has introduced new features and settings to the PlayStation 3 in the latest firmware update, version 1.30. Among the key updates is support for a Blu-ray Disc remote control and the ability to select the output format for BD/DVD video through an HDMI cable.


The Bluetooth-enabled remote control will be available at retail later this month for $24.99, relegating the SIXAXIS controller to gaming duties. Also, to suit your TV's specification, you can now select the video output format (automatic, RGB, or Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr) for Blu-ray disc playback using an HDMI cable. Other updates part of version 1.30 includes the following:


  • Selecting video output resolution has changed, allowing you to choose all the resolutions supported by the TV. The video will automatically be displayed at the maximum resolution possible, according to the following order: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, Standard (480i NTSC). This change does nothing to fix the upscaling issue, and could possibly annoy those who wish to stay in 720p mode.
  • Backup utility has been added as a feature under System Settings, enabling you to back up your PS3's hard disk data to storage media or restore data from storage media to the hard disk. This could be useful for those who wish to upgrade their hard drives.
  • USB peripherals designed for PlayStation 2 titles, including steering wheels and flight sticks, can now be used when playing PS2 games on the PS3 system. Sadly, the Guitar Hero controller still does not work with the PS3.

To install the latest system software on your PS3 system, you can select the System Update feature, use a PC to download the update data and transfer it to the PS3 system through storage media or a USB mass storage device, or install it using update data included on a game disc.

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By psychobriggsy on 12/7/2006 10:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
It is a hassle to keep on switching controllers depending on the game I want to play. I guess it's cheaper and easier to just reshape the PS2 controller into a guitar form.

I guess the update fixes people with TVs that do 1080i but not 720p ... but may be annoying for anyone else who wants 720p instead of 1080i on their 720p TV.

By Xavian on 12/7/2006 10:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
The 1080i problem has not been fixed, if a game only supports 720p, instead of the 720p game being upscaled to 1080i, the PS3 simply renders at 420p and lets the TV sort out the signal. This ofcourse reduces the quality of the games somewhat, since you are now playing in Standard Definition.

The Xbox 360 does not do this, if a game is 720p only, the xbox 360 up-scales the 720p picture to 1080i, resulting in high definition games. It does not switch down to 480p which is what the PS3 does.

All this firmware did, was place 1080i below 720p in the resolution selection screen, it did nothing to fix the problems of people with 1080i only TV's im afraid.

By Chris Peredun on 12/7/2006 10:17:49 AM , Rating: 2
I guess the update fixes people with TVs that do 1080i but not 720p ... but may be annoying for anyone else who wants 720p instead of 1080i on their 720p TV.

That would be me in the later category. I chose 720p for a reason, not because I liked the number. 1080i adds an extra scaling for me, and I'm pretty sure my TV isn't handling it in the best fashion (1080i -> 540p -> 720p). Thankfully Resistance is 720p-only, and isn't affected.

Adding insult to injury - or perhaps the other way around - disabling 1080i in the XMB menu has the lovely side effect of causing all Blu-Ray content to downsample to 480p. I'm currently forced to toggle between 720p for gaming and 1080i for Blu-Ray.

By masteraleph on 12/8/2006 8:19:41 AM , Rating: 2
1080i -> 540p -> 720p

No. No no no. No no no.


1080i= 1920x540x60hz.
540p= 960x540x60hz.
720p= 1280x720x60hz.

See the difference?

The best approach to converting 1080i to 720p has nothing to do with 540p. The best approach is to either deinterlace the frames (1920x1080x30hz) and then scale them, with each frame being displayed for twice as long (1280x720x30hz), or else scale them to what would be 720i (1280x360x60hz) and then deinterlace them (1280x720x30hz).

Under no circumstances should your TV ever go anywhere near 540p.

By Chris Peredun on 12/8/2006 9:37:40 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, if you don't mind decimating the framerate by a factor of two. I choose smooth over pretty any day, and I'd rather have Burnout flying along at its proper 60fps blur than 30fps with an extra 1/30s of lag thanks to the TV.

In addition, I mentioned nothing about 1080i -> 540p -> 720p being the best method - that's just how I assume my TV choses to do it, being as it looks like crap when downscaling 1080i.

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