PS3 Firmware v2.20, BD-Live Functionality Incoming

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SCEA has revealed that the next PS3 firmware update, v2.20, is due out sometime in the next few days, and with it will come the long-awaited activation of Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 (aka BD-Live). What’s the big deal with BD-Live, you ask? Well, it finally brings online functionality to the Blu-ray format for a whole new level of interaction, such as downloadable content and exclusive bonus features. With the PS3 being the first Blu-ray player to get BD-Live, it’ll probably be a while before we start seeing movie studios really take advantage of it with their Blu-ray releases, but Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will at least be kicking BD-Live support off with The 6th Day and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story come April 8th. Once BD-Live hits, all’s you’ll need is an Internet connection and a free 1GB slice of HDD space to get up and running.

“With Blu-ray established as the high-definition optical disc standard, more consumers are ready to jump in and take advantage of everything the format offers,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. “Whether you want to download movie extras, send ringtones to your phone, or play interactive games, BD-LIVE will offer exciting new ways to enjoy a Blu-ray movie. With these regular firmware updates and future-proofed technology, SCEA is making the 10-year lifecycle of PS3 possible.”

BD-Live is the main new feature coming in firmware 2.20, but there’s plenty more too, including even more enhancements to the PS3-to-PSP companionship and some additional media functions. Here’s the full list of updates.

– “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.
– “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.

Firmware v2.20 bringing BD-Live to PS3 – PlayStation.Blog

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