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Published on May 24th, 2007 | by Daniel David

PS3 firmware updated to 1.80

New firmware is out is this one addresses one of many things people wanted for a long time, the ability to upscale games and dvd’s to HD resolutions.

  • You can now upscale the video content of PlayStation® format software, PlayStation®2 format software, and DVDs to HD resolution.
  • You can now copy saved data from PlayStation® format software and PlayStation®2 format software to a memory card or a memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).
  • You can now display images or play music or video files that are stored on a personal computer or digital video recorder with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network.
  • You can now connect a USB printer to print images.

Those are the major updates but some small things have been added too.

  • BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI).
  • RGB Full Range (HDMI).
  • Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI).
  • Bitmapping (Super Audio CD).
  • New type of slideshow, trim images and zoom display for images.
  • Downscaled output of Blu-Ray is supported.

If you want all the details its best you go to the playstation site. I’ve been messing around since last night with playing audio, video and viewing pictures of my PS3 from the computer and it works really good but its far from perfect.

Mostly all of my video files were incompatible except for a couple of ipod videos I had but it streams great, so did the music. I use a wireless connection for my PS3 so there was a little lag but I heard wired connections work with little to no lag at all.

Upscaling games and dvd’s works great. Especially dvd’s I was surprised at how good it looks. I used Spider-Man 2 and Lord of the Rings for this test and the jump in quality is great.

More importantly games look better too. Final Fantasy XII looked great with upscaling turned on and I even popped in a PS1 games, Final Fantasy VIII. Considering how old the game was it looked good.

Upscaling for games is good but the smoothing option they have makes some games look blurry so don’t get angry if your picture turns up that way just turn smoothing off and it will be fine.

Once Sony opens up it video support for avi. or divx files this will truly become my media entertainment center. This is great update and hopefully more like this will come soon.

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