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PS3 Firmware Update, Heavenly Sword Demo This Week 72

PlayStation 3 owners are getting a couple of new toys this week. The official Sony blog has announced that the US will see firmware update 1.90 within the next few days. Gamasutra has further details on the patch, which includes a number of functionality improvements: "Ability to rearrange games on the XMB, Option menu now includes 'eject disk', Press triangle to eject games/CDs/movies in the XMB, XMB backgrounds, Change the folder classification, Emoticons, Change CD output to 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz, Force 24Hz output for Blu-ray over HDMI, Change PS3 video settings in-game, 'Bit Mapping' in the 'Music Setting', Save AVCHD type animations from a Memory Stick, Change settings like upscaling while playing PS and PS2 games, Add bookmarks, Web browser security function in the browser's tool section." Indications are also that a demo for Heavenly Sword will be coming soon. Europe is getting it this Thursday, with no firm word on a US date yet.
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  • support would be nice, wonder if any of this does that, with rocks the 80s coming out tommorow and all...
    • by MistaE ( 776169 )
      Probably not the best solution, but there is a third-party solution [] available that allows people to use any PS2 controller on the PS3. I know I picked mine up specifically for the GH game coming out tomorrow.
      • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )
        I've heard complaints about that that it doesn't work for all controllers and is a bit sluggish for use with GH. I'm going to wait for PS3-specific hardware.
  • ...why the upscaling has been limited to HDMI only?

    I was excited about the last update but use component so it did nothing for me. Unless I missed something.

    • Upscaling is only limited to HD in the case of DVDs, and that's because of the HDCP stuff. For games, they will upscale over component. And off-hand, I'd say that the upscaling does have its benefits. The cut scenes in FF12 look great on my PS3, even though the standard game footage shows no improvement at all. Rogue Galaxy looks better all around.
      • Upscaling is only limited to HD in the case of DVDs, and that's because of the HDCP stuff. For games, they will upscale over component. And off-hand, I'd say that the upscaling does have its benefits. The cut scenes in FF12 look great on my PS3, even though the standard game footage shows no improvement at all. Rogue Galaxy looks better all around.

        Don't you have smoothing on? each static scence in FFXII looks greatly improved. as soon as you move it's not as good but still much better then without smoothing
        • Yes smoothing is on. I said it doesn't look "improved," meaning it looks about the same as it did on my PS2. I don't mean it looks bad by any stretch, just that it looks like your regular old PS2 game. For the record, this is on a 50" LCD projection screen at 1080i.
    • Any reason why the upscaling has been limited to HDMI only?
      Upscaling of any Macrovision-protected content requires HDCP protection to replace it. This may extend also to CSS-protected content.

      Yes, I am presuming that Macrovision protection doesn't exist on component video output, or at least not at HD resolutions. I am extrapolating from what I learned on an episode of DL.TV.
    • Re:Any reason... (Score:4, Informative)

      by Chilijohn ( 988655 ) on Monday July 23, 2007 @07:36PM (#19963357)
      The DVD Copy Control Association's CSS license, required for legitimate DVD playback, limits DVD output to 480p over component video. DVI/HDMI or VGA can legally support upscaled output, however, a DVI/HDMI standalone must use HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, such a terrible acronym) encryption for the upscaled digital output AFAIK. Of course not everyone fully abides by these rules. Zenith had a model DVB-318 that did component video 720p/1080i upscaling, but they got the hurt put on them and "fixed" that with future firmware revisions. Also, the Oppo Digital OPDV971H player does not utilize HDPC on the DVI output.
  • Amazing (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I can't believe how fast and how many features Sony is adding to the PS3 system software. Sounds like 2.0 is up next with the in game XBM access, and then Home hits. Rock solid and very quiet well built machine. Can't wait to get my hands finally on Heavenly Sword, looks incredible. It feels like the PS3 is the only next gen machine on the market right now.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )
      I assume XMB does not stand for XYBASE Message Broker []? That just leaves Xtreme Math Baseball, Xtreme Math BasketBall, or Extreme Message Board as the less likely alternatives to Cross Media Bar (Sony user interface) [].

      My PS3 is expected to arrive tomorrow, so I'm not that familiar with its features yet. I even transposed a couple letters and thought was talking about X-Windows BitMapped (XBM) graphics files.
    • by MrJynxx ( 902913 )
      Ha! it may be well built, and extremely quiet! But holy shit is it ever hot! I have it in a room that is about 300 square feet and I can use it as a heater in the winters!!

      And I'm not lying either.

      • I haven't noticed this. It's about as warm as my launch PS2. Perhaps my idea of hot is skewed. The wii gets awfully hot too. I believe noticably hotter then my Ps2 or Ps3.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Doctor_Jest ( 688315 ) *
          My slim PS2 (1st-gen slim) gets hotter than my PS3, I've noticed... though, the exhaust port of the PS3 is easy to find. ;) heheh. I think they did a PHENOMENAL job in cooling the system. Microsoft could learn a thing or two about cooling from Sony this go round... whisper quiet, and efficient at expelling heat.

          I love my PS3. :)
      • by donaldm ( 919619 )
        I think the best rule for any console is make sure you put it in a well ventilated cabinet or on a shelf. I do find my PS3 to be a fingerprint magnet so I make sure I handle it as little as possible which is really easy to do. When the PS3 is working it runs at approx 200W (great small room heater) although when it is in standby it draws much less than 1W. Still talk to an hard-core gamer and they will think you are one of those tree-hugger's using a paltry 200W.
    • Heavenly Sword is on my must-buy list. :-) That's for sure. And that Dynasty Warriors Gundam game... what can I say, I like giant robots.

      Lair will be 2nd or 3rd, since I've heard it was going to be short initially, but will have add-ons... If it's beautiful and plays like I think it will... my fall's all set. ;)

      I'm more and more liking my PS3 purchase... I've seen nothing but good things on the horizon for it... and with stiff competition, maybe both sides (MS and Sony) will work that much harder for my
    • by soupd ( 1099379 )
      Sony did the same with the PSP firmware, relentlessly adding new functionality to it as an impressive rollout speed. Compare this to Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, who are very slow to in this respect. It took then 7-8 months to add background downloading to the 360's dashboard, Sony had it out four months after the Japan/US launch and on day one of the European launch. Impressive.
    • Rock solid and very quiet well built machine.

      You must not have tried to put it in an entertainment center.

      I got one on Sunday and it sounded like a damn vacuum.
  • Harumph (Score:3, Informative)

    by goldcd ( 587052 ) on Monday July 23, 2007 @07:50PM (#19963489) Homepage
    Only thing I'm waiting for from the PS3 is the ability to replace XBMC on my old Xbox (which is wonderful, but doesn't quite have the grunt for x264).
    Media Centre extender is clever, but way too fussy with it's formats (and transcoding is a pain in the arse) - PS3 supports x264, but is a bit fussy with the wrappers (from my understanding).
    Maybe that much touted Linux thing will help, but I want something more than games to justify an expensive place under my TV.
  • As a recent owner of a PS3, there are two changes that I'd love to see implemented. First, when running Folding@Home as a screensaver on the PS3, autoplay of CD's is disabled. One has to manually quit Folding@Home, by navigating the visual menus, just to allow a CD to play. It's really dumb that I should have to turn on my TV just to play a CD. (And I'd like to still keep Folding@Home running as a screensaver, when the console isn't busy.)

    Second, and considerably more problematic, is that video switchin
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by powerlord ( 28156 )
      When you are turning on the PS3, just keep holding the power button on the front of the unit for a few seconds. After about 4-10 seconds (I forget how long), the system resets the video input so it will display over whatever video outputs are currently connected and active.
      • by ivan256 ( 17499 )
        Wow, that's useful...

        I have a 1080p display in my living room, and a 720p display in my bedroom. I have a 50' HDMI cable that runs through the walls from the living room to the bedroom, and the wireless controllers work from anywhere in the house (why don't other bluetooth devices seem to get good range?), so I've been switching the cable to play in the bedroom occasionally. The trouble is that if I forget to power up the system and switch away from 1080p output to 720p, the smaller display doesn't work. Th
        • Yeah ... I had similar problem where I was retreating to the bedroom when my wife needed the den to work, and we only have an older analog TV in there. Moving the PS3 is the easier option for me (than running a cable :) ), and I was running into a problem switching between HDMI and RCA outputs.

          Yeah ... TiVo does a nice job handling this, and its certainly something that Sony could "fix" in the future in a firmware update (like how they just added settable backgrounds, and how they added background downloa
  • by TraumaHound ( 30184 ) on Monday July 23, 2007 @08:38PM (#19963933)
    Fucking finally! I've been watching Talladega Nights for eight months!
    • by donaldm ( 919619 )
      Err! there is an eject symbol on the front of the PS3 so you better eject "Talladega Nights" and get down to Blockbuster fast :-)

      Actually the ability to remotely eject is a feature that is actually quite useful (not essential) since it is possible to eject your game, DVD or Blu-ray disk and then just take it out rather than touch the eject symbol and wait a few seconds. After-all many HD/DVD recorders, players and even PC's have this feature and now the PS3 has it. Either way you still have to get up and
      • There are more new PS2 games coming out this fiscal year for Sony than PS3 games in fact. The PS2 is not a dead platform like the Xbox and people predicting Sony's demise would be wise to notice PS2 and PS2 game sales.

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