PlayMemories Studio update for PS3 brings 4K image support, cloud features and more

Sony has been continually pushing its PlayMemories brand of apps across its hardware offerings, and this latest update falls at the feet of PlayStation 3 owners. It's PlayMemories Studio in particular, and a forthcoming patch that adds new functionality. The meat of the update centers around PlayMemories Online integration for added cloud-based photo and video sharing options, with slide shows. Other revisions include support for "improved" resolution of exported videos (up to 1080p), faster thumbnail display, more choices of background music, improved editing features and -- of particular interest to early adopters -- support for 4K photos with Bravia TVs. The version 2.0 release is slated for release "soon" but in the meantime head to the Sony Japan source link for a little more info in the interim.

Update: Added English press release (after the break.)

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PlayMemories Studio adds 4K support 19 December 2012
Enjoy your personal photos in brilliant 4K

PlayMemories Studio for PlayStation®3 (PS3®) has been updated to include the brand-new ability to output images on Sony's 4K TVs that offer around four times more detail than Full HD. With PlayMemories Studio, viewers can now enjoy high resolution photos taken with their digital camera on Sony's 4K-enabled BRAVIA KD-84X9005.

Available from today, version 2.00 of PlayMemories Studio also offers improved editing functions, including the ability to archive photos and videos in HD resolution (720p). There's also a choice of 10 new background music tracks and 29 extra sound effects, allowing users to exercise their creativity to make their digital content truly stand out.

In addition, photo and video files which have been stored on PlayMemories Online can now be accessed via PlayMemories Studio. Playback positioning on video files can now also be controlled by the analogue sticks on the PlayStation controller.

About PlayMemories Studio

PlayMemories Studio is an easy-to-use application that puts you in control of viewing, managing, editing and sharing all those special photo and video memories from the comfort of your sofa. Its integrated viewer allows the user to browse and view photos and videos on their TV screen. Content from cameras, stored on PS3 or a connected drive or USB memory is displayed together in a handy 'timeline' view. Looking for that particular shot? Powerful filters let you pinpoint images by date, smiles, favourites, GPS data and more.

About PlayMemories

PlayMemories is an easy-to-use family of services and applications from Sony to enrich everybody's digital imaging experience. With PlayMemories, precious photo and video memories can be enjoyed across multiple Sony products. PlayMemories currently includes these five separate solutions:

- PlayMemories Online – a cloud-based service for easy managing and sharing of videos and photos.

- PlayMemories Home – an application for organising and editing videos and photos on personal computers.

- PlayMemories Studio – an application for organising, editing and viewing videos and photos on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®).

- PlayMemories Mobile – an Android/iOS app for transferring videos and photos to smartphones or tablet devices from Wi-Fi enabled and compatible cameras

- PlayMemories Camera Apps – an application download service that lets you install new functions on demand to boost the capabilities of your camera

Download or try free for 30 days

PlayMemories Studio is available now for download at PlayStation®Store, priced at €15. A trial version (valid for 30 days) is available as a free download.

PlayStation®Plus subscribers can enjoy full, lifetime access to PlayMemories Studio at no extra cost as part of their annual subscription.

Customers buying the latest digital cameras and camcorders from Sony (α, Cyber-Shot™ and Handycam® models) will receive a digital coupon for a free download of the paid-for version of PlayMemories Studio. Please visit the coupon download site for details of applicable models.