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PLAYSTATION®3 To Support New Interactive Blu-ray Movie Features (BD-LIVE) With Upcoming System Software Update

PS3™ Owners Will Soon Enjoy Downloadable Movie Content, Games And More With Blu-ray Disc™ Profile 2.0; PS3's Interoperability With PSP® Will Also Be Enhanced

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony ComputerEntertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system softwareupdate for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, slatedfor release in late March, will add Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Profile 2.0 orBD-LIVE, enabling PS3 owners to experience interactive features, such asdownloadable video content, ringtones, games, and more. In addition toBD-LIVE, the system software update (v. 2.20) will enable photo and musicplaylists on PS3 to be copied to PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) handheldentertainment system, among other new features. These updates demonstratehow PS3 continues to evolve as a home entertainment hub with theflexibility to deliver the newest technology innovations that benefit PS3owners.

"With Blu-ray established as the high-definition optical disc standard,more consumers are ready to jump in and take advantage of everything theformat offers," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing,SCEA. "Whether you want to download movie extras, send ringtones to yourphone, or play interactive games, BD-LIVE will offer exciting new ways toenjoy a Blu-ray movie. With these regular firmware updates andfuture-proofed technology, SCEA is making the 10-year lifecycle of PS3possible."

BD Profile 2.0 requires an Internet connection and at least 1GB oflocal storage. The following features have all been demonstrated aspossibilities with BD-Live and will vary by movie title.

-- A variety of downloadable content can be offered, including bonus scenes, shorts, trailers, subtitles, ringtones that can be sent to mobile phones, images, and more.

-- Interactive movie-based games can pit players who are sitting in the same room, or are across the world and online, against each other.

In conjunction with the PS3 firmware update, Sony Pictures HomeEntertainment (SPHE) is pleased to announce two BD-LIVE enabled titles tobe released on April 8 - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The 6th Day.Both titles will include exclusive downloadable content that goes beyondwhat is available on the actual Blu-ray discs. These initial releasespreview some of the exciting new developments that will soon be availablefrom BD-LIVE on Blu- ray disc.

Beyond BD-LIVE, the new system software update enhances PS3 system'sinteroperability with PSP system, enabling users to take their favoritemusic and photo playlists with them on-the-go with their PSP. To copy aplaylist, PSP and PS3 must first be connected with a USB cable, and the PSPmust be in USB mode. Then, on PS3, select "Copy" in the option menu of eachmusic or photo playlist, and choose PSP as the destination. Now theplaylist order, and the songs or photos themselves, will be accessible onthe PSP's Memory Stick PRO Duo anytime, anywhere. This new functionalitymakes it easer than ever to share media content between the two systems.

The following new features will also be included in the system softwareupdate.

-- "Resume play" will enable PS3 system to start playing a Blu-ray disc and DVD at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been removed.(*1)

-- "Audio Output Device" will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.

-- PS3 system's Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser's view speed will be improved.

-- DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.

-- "Mosquito Noise Reduction" will be added as an AV setting in the control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.(*2)

*1 BD-J format disc is not supported.

*2 BD discs recorded with BDMV format are not supported.

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Good stuff do you tink you'll be able to download complete movies eventually?

I can see that happening somewhere down the line. I think once they make a recordable Blu-Ray player that's affordable, they will do it.

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