PS3 Firmware 1.3

I haven’t downloaded it yet, but there’s a new firmware update for the PS3: version 1.3. Some of the added features are:

  • Changed the resolution priorities so that 720p is below 1080i.
  • Support for Bluetooth media remote.
  • Backup memory cards to HDD.
  • Restore PS3 system option. (Format PS3’s HDD.)
  • BD/DVD image output option, for switching between automatic, RGB and Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr over HDMI

They did not add any 720p upscaling to 1080i, or any DVD upscaling, or background downloading. So all in all, not that exciting.

Like That, Another PS3 Firmware Update Hits
Sony releases PS3 firmware 1.3, ignores 1080i woes

Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor

  1. #1 by ehandlr on December 6th, 2006 [ 44602 Points ]

    A rumor I came across

    “The Japanese site also says that PS/PS2 backwards compatibility has been fixed, but don’t take my exact word for it, I know very little Japanese.


    There’s also a note there for USB devices from the previous systems, as well as a note that PlayOnline games should be fixed soon as well (which only really applies to FFXI in the states).”

    take it as a grain of salt..but looks promising. I have downloaded it but the resolution doesn’t really affect me as I have a 1080p set.

  2. #2 by xberserker on December 6th, 2006 [ 1127 Points ]

    One thing I noticed is that this update downloaded very quickly compared to the others.

    One thing I want is the ability to use PS2 controller via USB adapter. So I can use my tekken arcade controller. What would be really cool if there was a bluetooth adapter for PS2 controllers or even a PS2 to USB adapter, that would work as well.

  3. #3 by Rent on December 6th, 2006

    Is the dvd picture that much better when it’s upscaled from 720p to 1080i??
    I don’t have a very good tv, so if I plan on an upgrade should I really go for an 1080p??

  4. #4 by ehandlr on December 6th, 2006 [ 44602 Points ]

    DVD’s if progressive scanned, go from 480i to 480p…and yes its makes a noticeable difference. If you plan to get a new tv..just do your shopping, decide on a picture quality you like, dont’ skip out on features to save a few bucks..and ask someone like henning who is knowlegeable on the subject.

  5. #5 by Henning on December 7th, 2006 [ 0 Points ]

    Rent: to see whether or not 1080p would be a benefit to you over a 720p, see this 1080p article.

  6. #6 by bunnyhero on December 7th, 2006 [ 1850 Points ]

    anyone tried the new HDD backup feature? i don’t think i have anything big enough to back everything up on. i’ve already loaded up my hard drive with a bunch of videos and stuff!

  7. #7 by Sporty on December 8th, 2006 [ 95 Points ]

    I just got my system today w00t!

    One thing I was worried about the the downscaling issue I’ve been hearing about. I have a Sony WEGA KV-30HS420 CRT TV that only does 480i, 480p and 1080i. It accepts 720 but upscales it to 1080i.

    Well PS3 in HDMI auto-detected 720p as an available res so I guess the scaling issue is not as bad as I thought. Anyway back on topic, just downloaded this update, get to set up my account after My name is earl tonight 😀

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