Sony rolls out PS3 3D Blu-ray support, grief reporting

3D support for Blu-ray movie arrives earlier than expected in today's firmware update for the PlayStation 3.

Sony's long-promised 3D Blu-ray update for the PS3 rolls out today, sooner than originally expected, and all it'll cost you is the time it takes to apply a firmware update.

That's not entirely true. You'll also need a special 3D-enabled TV, of course. Presumably any will do--no need to buy Sony's models unless you're compelled to for one reason or another.

And don't forget the movies themselves. This isn't the update that'll bring 3D gaming to the masses, just special 3D-enabled Blu-ray title support. The pickings are slim, and the titles are mixed, from forgettable stuff like Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Clash of the Titans, to older oddities like The Polar Express, a handful of IMAX documentaries, and of course James Cameron's Avatar, which finally arrives in 3D on December 1.

I could take or leave 3D. It's ridiculously expensive. It'll mean buying a new high-definition LCD TV to replace the one I acquired a few years ago, and which I spent ages researching to ensure picture quality that wouldn't make me blush after sacrificing the warmth of my trusty old high-def Sony CRT.

And then there's the trouble with 3D itself. It's still not really 3D, it's just less 2D, like looking into a windows box exhibiting various degrees of "3D-ness," even with James Cameron's neat new two-cameras-strapped-together trick.

My brain's always interpolated the flat images standard TVs display as three-dimensional without thinking about it. I never think "look at how flat Viggo Mortensen is" when he's galloping around Middle-earth, or "hey--two pancakes kissing!" watching Ben Stiller make out with Greta Gerwig in Greenberg.

In any case, the PS3 update isn't merely 3D-related. It also better integrates Facebook, allowing developers to create PS3 games that interact with the social networking service. According to Sony, once PS3-supported Facebook games are available, you'll be able to mix in names, profiles, photos, and friends lists. No word on whether you'll be able to send screen grabs for what you're playing to your Facebook profile, but fingers crossed for that.

The other arguably more practical (and appealing) piece of today's update is "grief reporting" support, which allows you to report inappropriate messages directly from the XMB (cross menu bar) interface.

Follow us on Twitter (@game_on)

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags sonyblu-rayPS3Playstation 3Game platforms

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?