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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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RE: Nice job Sony
By clayclws on 12/7/2006 11:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't been using any Sixaxis, but if I am not wrong, the "motion-sensing" gamepads have been around since the 90s. I have a 1999 Logitech Wingman Extreme that sense the tilt and motion you put into the gamepad, especially good for flight simulator.

So, did Sony and Nintendo copy Logitech?

RE: Nice job Sony
By Xavian on 12/7/2006 2:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
i believe Nintendo had the foresight to finally do the most logical thing (one of those things that seems so easy to do, but nobody thought of it), and that's split the controller into two parts, without that, it wouldn't be nearly as effective.

Sony, Microsoft and Logitech all fell into the same design trap, they made the controller and then added motion sensing to it. Its completely useless when used in that way, Nintendo on the other hand has designed a controller that would work effectively with motion sensing. That's probably the reason why the wii controller seems more intuitive than the sixaxis.

So while Nintendo may have copied the idea of using motion sensing, they themselves came up with the idea of splitting the controller in two in order to effectively utilize motion sensing. Something Sony did not do (they merely took the controller and added motion sensing, falling into the same design trap as Microsoft and Logitech of yesteryear).

The whole sixaxis thing seems rushed and poorly designed.

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