Sony bringing interactive movies to PS3

Written by Joe Martin

March 20, 2008 // 11:28 a.m.

Tags: #bd-live #blu-ray #playstation #ps3 #update

Sony has just announced the new system update for PlayStation 3, detailing what new features will be added in v.2.20. The update, which is planned for release later this month, is a good'un too and will add in support for Blu-Ray Disc Profile 2.0, otherwise known as BD-LIVE.

So, what exactly does this mean for consumers? A fair bit actually as the main feature of BD-LIVE is to make interactive content accessible to users. This will include ringtones, local and online games, downloadable content and more - though you'll need at least 1GB of local storage and an open internet connection to take advantage.

The v.2.20 update will also add more features for PS3 to PSP communication, allowing users to copy information and media between the two more easily.

The PS3’s internet browser will be enhanced too and video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s view speed will be improved. At the same time DivX and WMV format videos larger than 2GB will now be playable, which they weren't before.

The update is certainly an essential one then if you use your PS3 as a media player at all, though it is interesting to see that the continued updates are focusing more on expanding the media capabilities of the console instead of the games content. Think that's the right way to go? Let us know in the forums.

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