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Firmware 1.80 to include 1080p upscaling for games and movies


Sony has officially unveiled plans for PS3 firmware 1.80. This update looks to be the most significant yet. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:
  • Full 1080p upscaling for DVDs, PS2 and PS1 games. With upscaling, there's no need to throw away your old DVDs and PlayStation 2 games. The content will be converted to resolutions as high as 1080p, and will breathe new visual life into your old discs. DVD movies can only be upconverted using an HDMI connection.
  • PSP Remote Play via internet. Although this feature was supposedly included in a previous update, many were unable to have it properly run. This hopefully corrected feature will allow PSP users to watch and listen to content stored on the PS3 from any wi-fi connection in the world. PSP firmware 3.50 will be required.
  • DLNA media center connectivity. Media content stored on DLNA-enabled PCs and laptops can be shared and viewed on PS3 systems.
  • Print photos with Epson printers. Images stored on the PS3 hard drive can be printed using compatible printers.
  • Transfer PS1/2 save files from PS3 using Memory Card Adaptor. Previously, users could only transfer save files to the PS3. Now, gamers will be able to transfer data to and from the PS3.
This update hits European PS3s on May 24th. A worldwide release should arrive on or near that date.
[Update: SCEA has contacted us with confirmation that the update will also hit American PS3s on May 24th as well. See past the break to see pictures of the newest firmware update in action.]

Here, we see a DLNA-enabled VAIO laptop connected to PS3. We'll be able to stream photos, music and videos from the laptop to our TV with tomorrow's firmware update.

You can adjust the DVD Upscaler settings under the Settings menu.

You can adjust the PS/PS2 Upscaler under the Settings menu as well. Don't forget!

For those of you with compatible Epson printers, you'll be able to print photos from your PS3. You can adjust some settings, as seen in the picture above.

Firmware 1.80 will be ready for distribution tomorrow, May 24th.

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