Firmware 1.8 Available In Europe From Tomorrow

   23/05/2007 at 15:39       Phil May       9 COMMENTS.
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PS3 Firmware Revision 1.8 is imminent...

...in fact it should be available for download tomorrow if all goes well. Sony's next firmware revision adds a few nice little goodies to tempt us into upgrading and wasting a bit of our bandwidth.

So what can we look forward to with this? Some features that definitely should've been there in the first place but amongst others from the press grab:

"Upscaling of PlayStation® and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to full 1080p HD resolution when viewed on a compatible HD TV set.

The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HD TV set1. Not only can DVD movies be enhanced to full 1080p HD quality but so too will PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games be upscaled to provide much improved gaming pleasure.

In a comprehensive update to PS3's already impressive capabilities, Version 1.80 also allows users to enjoy Remote Play on their PSP across the internet, allowing them to access their PS3 anywhere in the world where a broadband internet connection is available2.

Version 1.80 also allows users on a home network to seamlessly view and play rich media content such as images, music and video on their PS3, that is stored on their DLNA3 enabled devices such as PCs and laptops elsewhere in the house, reinforcing PS3's credentials as a home entertainment hub that truly deserves pride of place in the Living Room.

A host of other enhancements include the ability to print photo images stored on PS3's hard disk or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers."

Epson? Oh dear, never mind...

Anyway, remote play is worth the entrance fee alone so more on that as soon as I give it a try. Upscaling PS1 and PS2 titles should be worth investigating also.

Full first impressions to follow...


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