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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: Not sure to understand that one...
By pmlisi1 on 12/7/2006 2:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
I also have a panasonic 50 inch plasma (th-50px600u) that supports 720p and 1080i. Resistance looks awesome, but Talladega Nights blu ray looked awful. Do I have to download the firmware, or do I just have to switch between 720p (for games) and 1080i (blu ray movies)?

RE: Not sure to understand that one...
By Pneumothorax on 12/7/2006 4:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
The reason Resistance looks so good is that it's 720P and the PS3 can only display it @ 480P or 720P, which leaves out the older HDTV sets that can only display 480P/540P/1080i. Resistance will only @ 480P with those TV's. The TV that we have (I have the exact same Panny) has a native 720P (actually 768P but close enough). SO 720P looks better than 1080i rez. Resistance works great with the current 1.30 update because it's a 720P game & the PS3 won't upscale it to 1080i. NBA 07 is a 1080p game which on a native 720p screen it looks better rendered at 720p rather than 1080i. (The PS3 can scale/render a 1080p game @ 720p, but so far can't scale a 720p game to 1080i, confused yet?) The problem with the new update is to force the PS3 to play a 1080i game at 720p game I have to uncheck the 1080i option. This forces bluray movies to play at 480P (YUCK) until I reenable the 1080i switch again. Hence a real PITA.

By pmlisi1 on 12/8/2006 12:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for responding. I think I understand, but my question is is the only problem we will have (w/our panny, which I think is awesome btw) is getting blu ray movies to play at 1080i? You say the ps3 can scale a 1080p game to 720p, but cannot scale a 1080p movie to 720p, so I must check the 1080i in my settings to see the Blu Ray movie in high def? And then uncheck it when I am playing a game so it will play in my preferred 720p instead of 1080i?

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