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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube 199

An anonymous reader writes with news that Sony is planning a firmware update for the PS3 to enable 3-D playback from Blu-ray movies and YouTube. The update is scheduled for September, and support for 3-D photos will come later. Sony's Kaz Hirai spoke recently about how the PS3 was designed with these kinds of upgrades in mind. "Given how fast technology turns over now, we knew going in that we had to pack a lot of horsepower into the PS3. Four years ago — when you look at the console's power and its retail price — a lot of people were critical with the fact that there was so much packed under the hood. Now we're especially pleased to be introducing things like Move and 3-D gaming because we're able to show tangibly why we released the PS3 with the power it has, and why it makes so much sense to future proof a console." Sony also updated its PS3 Terms of Service to warn against too much 3-D viewing.
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

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  • More 3-D madness. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Yamata no Orochi ( 1626135 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @08:56AM (#32898640)

    Why this push for everything to be 3-D? It was a stupid novelty years ago, and its no less stupid now.

  • by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:00AM (#32898694)
    At least they are trying to do something to make paying to see the movie worthwhile. They could just focus on bankrupting college students as a business, and not even bother to create an incentive to go to the theaters.
  • by commodore64_love ( 1445365 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:02AM (#32898722) Journal
    Electronic companies want to continue the economic boom they experienced with the analog/SDTV to digital/HDTV transition. Now that it's complete, they need a new carrot to dangle in front of consumers, and they think 3DTV is it.
  • by c0lo ( 1497653 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:05AM (#32898770)

    Now we're especially pleased... because we're able to show tangibly why we released the PS3 with the power it has

    Sony also updated its PS3 Terms of Service to warn against too much 3-D viewing

    Sort of saying: "We are sooo pleased we are now able to sell you something that will harm you, without investing any further", eh?

  • by SquarePixel ( 1851068 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:06AM (#32898776)

    And it was not stupid, just old and bad technology before. He is probably thinking the old red-blue glasses. 3D viewing has improved a lot in the recent years, and for example gives a totally new feeling with games. If you have tried Left 4 Dead with NVidia's 3D Vision Kit [nvidia.com] and a 120hz 3D capable monitor, you know what I'm talking about (it is a lot scarier too).

    It really gives a completely new feeling, when done right, and remember this is all along the path for technology that can render the environment completely and realistically around us, with a complete feeling of "being there".

  • by NoPantsJim ( 1149003 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:12AM (#32898852) Homepage
    I think at the very least part of it has to do with piracy. I remember years ago when hddvd and bluray were first hitting the shelves they were heralded as the end of piracy. The logic was no one would be able to pirate a movie that clocks in at 40-50 gigs. Of course, thanks to h.264 and other codecs, downloading 1080p copies of movies is pretty trivial.

    I suspect that studio execs are sitting around assuming no one will be able to figure out how to pirate 3-d movies. Of course, there are probably people much much smarter than they are trying to figure out how.
  • Whoopy fucking do (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:20AM (#32898966)
    Whoopy fucking do. Booting foreign operating systems is out, 3D is in. Totally repositioned as a toy.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:38AM (#32899254)

    Let's see Kutagari spent over a decade before retiring:

    * Creating 3 of the 4 fastest selling consoles in history: PS2(2nd fastest), PS3(3rd fastest), PS1(4th fastest)

    * Created the top selling console in history, the 145 million worldwide selling PS2

    * Destroyed Toshiba and Microsoft's piece of crap HD-DVD format with Blu-Ray in the PS3

    and has been and is currently working with Sony on the PS4 hardware design.

    Yeah, keep trying to spread that fanboy lie. No one cares.

    Let me guess commodore64_love is one of the following losers:

    * Bitter Dreamcast fanboy

    * Bitter Xbox fanboy

    * Bitter HD-DVD fanboy

    Perhaps all of the above? Who cares...

  • by Joe Tie. ( 567096 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @09:50AM (#32899492)
    It still gives me a headache.

    And putting pressure on the remains of my foot hurts. Congrats, like me you're a cripple. The main difference is that I don't begrudge people who can walk from enjoying it. Be glad it's such a minor disability, could be a whole lot worse than having some movies be unavailable.
  • by BigSes ( 1623417 ) on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @11:19AM (#32901186)
    It'd be nice if they would actually get around to admitting the YLOD overheat problem with the older 40-60-80 gig units is a manufacturing error (its obvious upon disassembly that the thermal grease is improperly applied and of low quality) and fix them. Hell, even Microsoft admitted to and addressed the RROD problem, taking steps to properly assist those who suffered from it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @11:24AM (#32901268)

    No, if it works for majority of the people, then the problem is in you.

  • Re:10%er? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday July 14, 2010 @11:27AM (#32901324)
    Those aren't zombies, they're black people. And please stop shooting them.

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