PS3 DVD Upscaling Coming, but When?


Today we have part four of the excellent Phil Harrison interview by N’Gai Croal. Lots of interesting stuff in there, but to me the most interesting thing was confirmation of DVD upscaling in the PS3:

So given the issues that I’ve outlined regarding the flow of information out of SCE, what do you think needs to change?

There is a cultural thing about our approach in Japan that has to change. Our approach in Japan is, “Once it’s perfect, we’ll share it with everybody else.” Whereas I think in order to engender trust in our users, we have to share some things that might be not quite perfect, but are ready to give you an indication of what’s coming. So we could say, “You know, we’re not sure when it’s coming, but we’re going to have DVD upscaling on Playstation 3.” There you go. There’s a scoop for you. In my view, we should have a slide on a Web site, or a blog. We should have [Playstation head of platform development Izumi] Kawanishi blog his road map for the Xross Media Bar for Playstation 3. I think he would probably have the biggest blog after yours in the world.

So there you have it folks – it’s coming. The only problem is that we have no idea when.

Oh, and Sony? If you’re listening, I volunteer this site as a place to give out this kind of information about the PS3! :)

Loot: The Phil Harrison Interview, Part IV


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by mcloki on March 1st, 2007

    Upscaling DVD player. That’s awesome. I’ve liked the way the PS3 displayed DVD’s but upscaling it would be great. I don’t know what an upscaler costs, and I believe the 360 has a chip already, but this is a nice little surprise. I’m actually getting more pleased with the PS3 of late. VF5 is very nice. I’ve just gotten to the frustrating matches where I’ve actually lost ranking because i’ve been beaten by the higher ranked players.

  2. #2 by Phaethon360 on March 1st, 2007

    HDMI really makes DVDs more crisp on my LCD even at 480p. I’ve missed upscaling since I moved my 360 into my room. The living room where the PS3 is could use that feature.

  3. #3 by Segitz on March 1st, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    As I now have a new pc, which also supports component out, I had the chance to test upscaled DVDs and I am AMAZED!

    Really, this is a big difference to the PS2 (also via component) as I dont have any other means of playing DVDs over component (only my Laptop via VGA out, but strangely, it does look less good than via component).

    I think, Sony really needs to do this (I still hope, I will be under the first 500k people getting their PS3, preorder is done, shop opens 23rd on 600hrs to get Casino Royale), many DVDs (namely Sin City, Pirates of the Carribean or Terminator 2 REALLY profit from it).

  4. #4 by mcloki on March 1st, 2007 [ 2355 Points ]

    I am curious if upscaled DVD’s are as good as Bluray movies. How close are they in quality. I like Bluray but upscaled DVD’s sure would put a crimp in my plans to buy repurposed content.

  5. #5 by JimmyJJWalker on March 2nd, 2007

    @mcloki
    “I am curious if upscaled DVD’s are as good as Bluray movies. How close are they in quality. I like Bluray but upscaled DVD’s sure would put a crimp in my plans to buy repurposed content.”

    Well as Blu ray becomes cheaper there would be no reason not to get the better picure quality, especially for your favorite movies. Also think about when a TV show releases a season, no more multi-disc crap… put it all on 1 Blu-Ray disc!

  6. #6 by Pc on March 2nd, 2007

    I can tell you this…..By the time Sony is finished updating or patching the PS3, it will have more functionality than any other console ever dreamed of.


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