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PS3 Gets Blu-ray Profile 1.1 Firmware Update

by December 19, 2007
PS3 Gets BD Profile 1.1

PS3 Gets BD Profile 1.1

There is some big news on the forefront of the format war today. Sony's Playstation 3 now supports the long awaited Blu-ray Profile 1.1, which includes support for Picture-in-Picture viewing as well as secondary streams of audio and video for narrative/interactive features. In addition, the firmware 2.10 update also supports DivX and VC-1(WMV). The Profile 1.1 does not include support for streaming new Internet content however the PIP features are something in which Blu-ray had seriously lagged behind HD DVD for some time now. Blu-ray is finally nearing completion and it only remains to be seen how upset consumers will be who adopted the format earlier and won't be able to take advantage of newer discs which utilize this feature. When BD-Live (Profile 2.0) comes to market, we imagine a ton of early adopters will feel the pressure to upgrade or risk missing out on even more great features.

There are currently 2.7 million Blu-ray players in North American homes today with 74% or 2 million of those Blu-ray players being PS3s. This essentially means that now 2 million Blu-ray players will now support Blu-ray Profile 1.1 (this according to the Blu-ray Disc Association and Video Business). Those with dedicated players who adopted the format early won't be able to utilize the new features. If you bought a PS3, this latest firmware update makes it one of the most up-to-date Blu-ray players on the market today.

Technical hardware requirements for Blu-ray Profiles

Features Profile 1.0 Profile 1.1 Profile 2.0
Required local storage None 256 MB 1 G
Secondary video decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
Secondary audio decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
Internet connectivity Optional Optional Mandatory

The first Blu-ray movies to support Blu-ray Profile 1.1 in 2008 will be Resident Evil: Extinction from Sony Pictures, Sunshine from 20th Century Fox, and War and 3:10 to Yuma from Lionsgate.

The new Resident Evil movie will also incorporate Blu-Wizard 2.0, an updated menu system which has not been very impressive to-date on the Blu-ray format.

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obscbyclouds posts on January 07, 2008 07:26
D.R. Payne, post: 352408
I find it hard to believe too, someone must be buying all those blu-ray discs…
I personally use mine for BD viewing more than game playing right now.

My use for the PS3 is probably 90% BRD, and 10% gaming. This may change when Gran Turismo 5 comes out, however!
dorokusai posts on January 06, 2008 21:57
I third that since we watch way more movies than I play games. The Wii is usually what we game on….and get sore on. That's so sad.

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GlocksRock posts on January 04, 2008 14:40
D.R. Payne, post: 352408
I find it hard to believe too, someone must be buying all those blu-ray discs…
I personally use mine for BD viewing more than game playing right now.

same here… I've got my first PS3 game on the way from Gamefly.
D.R. Payne posts on January 04, 2008 14:19
abboudc, post: 345891
I saw a link to one of the analyst groups research (don't remember which ATM) that said 60% of PS3 owners didn't know that the PS3 was a high-def movie player. I find that a little hard to believe, but their point was the marketing department at Sony could do a better job promoting the PS3 as both a game machine and one of the cheapest/best Blu-ray players available.

I have seen a *lot* more PS3 ads lately…

I find it hard to believe too, someone must be buying all those blu-ray discs…
I personally use mine for BD viewing more than game playing right now.
abboudc posts on December 20, 2007 21:46
bigbangtheory, post: 345421
I wonder what the true percentage is of PS3 owners who also use their rig for HD dvd viewing (BD)? (

I saw a link to one of the analyst groups research (don't remember which ATM) that said 60% of PS3 owners didn't know that the PS3 was a high-def movie player. I find that a little hard to believe, but their point was the marketing department at Sony could do a better job promoting the PS3 as both a game machine and one of the cheapest/best Blu-ray players available.

I have seen a *lot* more PS3 ads lately…
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