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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 obeseotron on 12/7/2006 11:20:39 AM , Rating: 2
If you have a PS3 and are waiting for them to actually fix the scaler issue, you're going to wait forever. Just like people waiting for the HDMI cable for the Xbox 360, it's not gonna happen. This is because both companies chose to save a couple bucks by not including an analog scaler (Sony) or HDCP keys (Microsoft). They can't add these through software updates, a new rev of the hardware could fix it, but nothing short of that.

Sony might be able to make their dashboard more intelligent in choosing resolutions at some point, but there is no scaler in the thing, a 720p game is never going to be displayed at 1080i, period. They should be able to fix the BluRay issues, it's 1080p content, you should be able to scale it to whatever resolution you want in software, but may not as a result of Sony's MPAA membership more than anything else.




By Teletran1 on 12/7/2006 12:40:10 PM , Rating: 3
It does have a scaler in it. Its called a G70. Maybe it isn't a quick fix but it will get fixed.


By obeseotron on 12/7/2006 1:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
The G70 is capable of scaling, sure, but it would require clock cycles and video memory that are not available when games are running. This is why I said they may fix it for BluRay, but not for games.


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