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PS3 Now Has Ability to Play 3D Blu-ray Movies

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Sony has finally released PlayStation firmware update 3.50, which brings support for 3D Blu-ray to the PS3

The folks over at the PlayStation blog yesterday announced the availability of PS3 firmware 3.50, a long promised update that will enable PS3 users to play 3D Blu-rays in their consoles. Eric Lempel, VP of Network Operations at Sony America announced the update on the PS3 blog last night.

Sony had previously promised users a September rollout for v3.50 but the company's president, Sir Howard Stringer, said on September 1 that a delay would push the update's release into October. Last week Lempel announced that the update would actually hit on September 21, so yesterday's launch was actually a day ahead of schedule.

"We know that many consumers have purchased 3D TVs already and more of you will be purchasing them as the holidays approach--so we’re excited to offer this firmware update that makes all 38 million PS3s worldwide compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs," Lempel said last week.

Sony prepped PS3s for 3D gaming in April when it launched firmware v3.30 but with such a small selection of 3D Blu-rays available at the moment, we can't imagine there's too many people upset with the five month wait for 3D Blu-ray support.

Also included in yesterday's update are Facebook integration, which allows users to share information with friends via Facebook, and a Grief Reporting function that will allow users to more easily report inappropriate messages they receive from other PSN users.

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    winner4455 , September 21, 2010 10:24 PM
    Hey, the more features the better.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 1:15 AM
    My god the comments make me feel like im in 7th grade all over again.
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2010 10:10 PM
    So if a tree falls in the forest...
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    drwho1 , September 21, 2010 10:16 PM
    this means nothing because I don't have a 3D TV and I got no plans to get one in the near future. when they say that "many have bought 3D TV's" is a Big Fat Lie!
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    xerroz , September 21, 2010 10:23 PM
    How many 3D movies are out there...that's right
  • 16 Hide
    winner4455 , September 21, 2010 10:24 PM
    Hey, the more features the better.
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    phate , September 21, 2010 10:42 PM
    Can I load Linux on it? How about play PS2 games??

    No, but can I get a headache just trying to watch a damn movie? Yes? Sweet...
  • 9 Hide
    Anomalyx , September 21, 2010 10:45 PM
    winner4455Hey, the more features the better.

    Sony doesn't think so. coughOtherOScough
  • 6 Hide
    orbitron , September 21, 2010 10:50 PM
    I only have a regular LCDTV so there is no use for me.
  • 7 Hide
    HavoCnMe , September 21, 2010 10:57 PM
    Seriously, true 3D won't require glasses and until that happens 3D is another marketing scheme. Waste your money fools.
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    kelemvor4 , September 21, 2010 11:00 PM
    Awesome! I've been waiting for this; already have a 3d mitsubishi 65". Now to find out about the transmitter and glasses...
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    nukemaster , September 21, 2010 11:09 PM
    soldier37Spoken like a true crapbox fanboy, which it will never get. You prob have a 1994 analog tv still too get outta here with that garbage!Im waiting for glassless 3D from toshiba this Christmas...waiting to see

    Spoken like a true TROLL.

    You even go on to slap personal insults. Wow.

    I bet that will make watching your 3d at Xmas sooo much sweeter?

    On topic, Good work Sony
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 1:15 AM
    My god the comments make me feel like im in 7th grade all over again.
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    liquidsnake718 , September 22, 2010 1:51 AM
    This would be great, only if we didnt need to buy a new LED LCD 3d capable TV, they should have just made it possible with full HD 120hz LCD/LED's.
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    renami9 , September 22, 2010 2:09 AM
    adding a new feature is great and all, but i'm still hoping for SONY to bring back some old features that they removed.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 22, 2010 3:00 AM
    and it took longer than any other update I ever had to download.

    I want some older functions brought back. like backwards compatibility with PS2 games.
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    dEAne , September 22, 2010 3:19 AM
    I will check that out.
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    helldog3105 , September 22, 2010 4:08 AM
    I have the old fat PS3, but I have to ask, do the new slims and other PS3's no longer support backwards compatibility at all? So you have to have a PS3 and a PS2 to play all the old catalog games? Just curious. That seems rather bad considering how hard they pushed in the beginning about how important backwards compatibility was for the PS3. I too, miss my other OS feature. I am sad they removed it. I liked the idea of being able to install my own OS on the machine, if I so wanted. On topic, I do not own a 3D TV nor do I see any reason to purchase one in the near future. This is not the first time that they have attempted to push 3D on consumers. It failed in the 50's, it failed in the 60's, and I have a feeling that while it won't completely fail now, it won't replace the way we always watch TV and Movies.
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    mook33 , September 22, 2010 5:58 AM
    There's likely a fair amount of 3D-capable TV's out there -- how many people have bought the necessary equipment to take advantage of it is the question.
    On my end, I do not own a 3DTV. If I buy a new one when I move, I'd likely spend a bit more to have that feature. It's mostly going to depend on if the 3D format gets a lot of support as far as releases.
    Any way you cut it though, I can't understand why people would be upset at Sony for adding this feature.
    Though I do understand frustrations at losing otherOS (never used it) and PS2-backward-compatibility. I bought a [used] original-release PS3 just so I could have that still; there's a massive PS2 catalog out there, and Quality trumps graphics!!!
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    elcentral , September 22, 2010 12:02 PM
    HavoCnMeSeriously, true 3D won't require glasses and until that happens 3D is another marketing scheme. Waste your money fools.


    yep true when glasses are gone ill try it out like the new ds. till then cya. and the problem whit blue ray is that at the same time the 1TB hard drives whent cheap the blue ray got out so i store all my 720p on the pc im ultra anti cd dvd and blue ray.
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    thillntn , September 22, 2010 12:17 PM
    liquidsnake718This would be great, only if we didnt need to buy a new LED LCD 3d capable TV, they should have just made it possible with full HD 120hz LCD/LED's.

    AGREED. I just paid off a 52" Bravia that will never have 3D.Besides who wants to wear sunglasses to watch tv?????
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