SCEA e-mailed details about Playstation 3 firmware 1.80 and there are some clever features coming to Playstation 3 owners when it is released tomorrow. If you connect your Playstation 3 to your TV with a HMDI cable DVD movies, Playstation games and Playstation 2 games will be upscaled to 1080p. Also the Playstation 3 will support some Epson USB printers, which enables users to print photos straight from the console. I doubt that many people will take advantage of it now, but it might be more useful in the future if more games let players capture screenshots.
The feature that really stands out is only available if you have a PSP and a Playstation 3. Players can stream videos, photos and music from the PS3s hard drive through a wireless access point. You’re going to need to upgrade your PSP firmware to version 3.5 to take advantage of this (sorry homebrew community!), but with new firmware for both systems you can take advantage of the free T-mobile HotSpots and stream tunes while grabbing a latte at Starbucks.
Extended details about all the new features in version 1.80 of the Playstation 3 firmware are past the break.
Upscaling Games and Movies
SCEA is enhancing the PS3 user experience by enabling PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games to be upscaled to HD resolution, up to 1080p. Classic games as well as recently released titles can now be enjoyed like never before. And PS3 system now has the capability to upscale DVD videos to HD quality (up to 1080p), a feature typically limited to top-of-the-line DVD players. Upscaling games requires an HDMI or component AV cable, while upscaling DVD-ROM (including DVD Video content) requires an HDMI cable and HDMI compatible TV set.
Media Content on the Move
Since November, PS3 owners have been able to stream photos, videos, and music stored on their PS3’s hard drive to a nearby PSP system. Consumers will soon have the freedom to access this media content wherever and whenever their PSP is connected to a wireless Internet access point. To take advantage of this feature, users will have to update their PSP system’s firmware to the next version, 3.50, slated for release next week. Once both systems are updated, consumers can enjoy their entertainment content wherever and whenever wireless Internet access is available, including the 7,000 T-Mobile(R) HotSpot locations across the United States.
Version 1.80 also allows PS3 users on a home network to stream media content (photos, videos, and music) stored on a DLNA-enabled device onto their PS3 system. DLNA is a system that enables digital devices such as personal computers, DVRs, and TVs to be connected to a network and share data with other connected devices, in this case a PS3 system. This new functionality reinforces the value of PS3 system as a home entertainment hub.
Copying Saved Data to a Memory Card — Users can now copy saved data from PlayStation or PlayStation 2 format software stored on their PS3 system to a Memory Card or Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation(R)2), using their PS3 system and a Memory Card Adaptor.
Photo Printing, Viewing, and Editing — The photo capabilities of PS3 system have been enhanced; allowing users to print digital photos stored on a PS3’s hard drive or inserted storage media. Currently, select Epson printers connected via USB are compatible. In addition, users will find a new type of slideshow for displaying photos, zoom functionality and the option to crop images.