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PS3 FW 3.30 Live, Preps Consoles for 3D Gaming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

It's the update we've all been waiting for . . . Kind of.

Back in February, there were rumors that Sony would be releasing a 3D firmware update for the PS3 console. John Koller, the director of hardware marketing for SCEA said Sony would release the update, "this summer" turning the PlayStation 3 into a "a fully-fledged, stereoscopic 3D-capable games platform."

Last night Sony's Eric Lempel announced that the company was releasing PS3 3.30 and detailed that the update preps consoles for 3D gaming. The update consists mainly of enhancements for trophies but it's Lempel's mention of 3D gaming that has everyone talking.

"This update preps the PS3 system for some upcoming new features, including 3D stereoscopic gaming, which is coming soon to PS3, in time for the launch of Sony’s 3D BRAVIA TVs," Mr. Lempel wrote.

Sony's 3D BRAVIA TVs are expected to hit this summer so it doesn't really tell us anymore about a release date but it's nice to know things are moving in that direction.

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    Marco925 , April 22, 2010 1:50 PM
    But No linux in 3D!

    Actually no linux at all...
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    Marco925 , April 22, 2010 2:02 PM
    Well, at least it'll play Crysis 2
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    dwave , April 22, 2010 2:02 PM
    Hold the phone.....Sony is adding a feature instead of removing one? Wow, it is about time!
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  • 21 Hide
    Marco925 , April 22, 2010 1:50 PM
    But No linux in 3D!

    Actually no linux at all...
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    rhino13 , April 22, 2010 1:54 PM
    So this is the prep for the update we've all been waiting for.
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    dwave , April 22, 2010 2:02 PM
    Hold the phone.....Sony is adding a feature instead of removing one? Wow, it is about time!
  • 14 Hide
    Marco925 , April 22, 2010 2:02 PM
    Well, at least it'll play Crysis 2
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    elcentral , April 22, 2010 2:04 PM
    i well pr newer going to care for 3d glasses and such. but where the hell did that ps3 thing go where you had 2 diods on your head and the ps3 eye trackt your movements so it locked like your looking frue a glas window, its one of the coolest thing ive ewer seen if they implement it in pcgames or ps3 ill get it the same day.
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    seraphimcaduto , April 22, 2010 2:06 PM
    next they might add software-based PS2 game emulation....wait....this is sony we're talking about...."sigh" nevermind.
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    2zao , April 22, 2010 2:19 PM
    hacked version with linux compatibility wont take long to get here... didnt take long for the last update to get hacked for linux support...
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    mouettus , April 22, 2010 2:23 PM
    will it play 3d blu-rays as well? we would only have to plug the glasses into the usb ports...?
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2010 2:31 PM
    I don't understand why there is a need to update a system to prepare it for another update. whould it be better to only update it one time with all the functionalities?
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    megamanx00 , April 22, 2010 2:52 PM
    Meh.
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    baracubra , April 22, 2010 3:05 PM
    All i'm wondering is how can the PS3 support 3D??? I heard that it needs a HDMI 1.4 cable for all the info to go thru at 1080p. Could this mean that only games running 720p will work with 3D but not 1080p blu-ray movies?
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    vertigo_2000 , April 22, 2010 3:20 PM
    mouettuswill it play 3d blu-rays as well? we would only have to plug the glasses into the usb ports...?

    I assume the glasses would be bluetooth and would work wirelessly. USB ports would only be used for charging.
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , April 22, 2010 3:58 PM
    unless i missed something, my tv doesnt suppor 3-d. I won't be buying a 3d tv. Can I have (linux+Online gaming)-hacks instead?
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    juliom , April 22, 2010 3:59 PM
    The PS3's performance will tank in 3D mode. It has what a 4/5 year GPU in it!
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    juliom , April 22, 2010 4:00 PM
    juliomThe PS3's performance will tank in 3D mode. It has what a 4/5 year GPU in it!


    Unless it's only used in Blu-Ray movies... And here we go, Sony forgeting once again that the PS3 should be a gaming machine.
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    gerohmygosh , April 22, 2010 4:37 PM
    juliomUnless it's only used in Blu-Ray movies... And here we go, Sony forgeting once again that the PS3 should be a gaming machine.

    Computers were made only for computing back then, guess we should have left it as just that as well. If the PS3 had it's Blu-ray player locked, I'm sure many people would feel ripped off.
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    tobyevers , April 22, 2010 4:50 PM
    gerohmygoshComputers were made only for computing back then, guess we should have left it as just that as well. If the PS3 had it's Blu-ray player locked, I'm sure many people would feel ripped off.
    If a standard blu-ray player can play a 3-d movie with a firmware update, im pretty sure the ps3 can handle it. Old or otherwise, the cell processor still has plenty of grunt
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    segio526 , April 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    If HDMI 1.3 can do 10.2Gbps, and handle 2560x1600 at 75Hz, It can probably do 2 1920x1080 signals at 60Hz.

    Another note, I guess we'll be seeing HDMI 1.5 hitting the streets before they can relese 3D 4K2K TVs.
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    mouettus , April 22, 2010 5:54 PM
    gerohmygoshComputers were made only for computing back then, guess we should have left it as just that as well. If the PS3 had it's Blu-ray player locked, I'm sure many people would feel ripped off.


    stop whining like a child. what's wrong in doing more that just gaming? that's why I bought the PS3 for in the first place! Blu-ray and music/movie streaming from my PC to my hi-fi system. Last time I checked, the PS3 was an entertainment system.
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