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BD-Live Arriving with Firmware 2.20 Soon |

Well this doesn’t happen to often. We get details of a firmware update before it arrives, lol. But this is how it should be every time. Usually it’s released late one night and the gaming forums try to figure out the changes all night.

Check out the list below for all the details. It should arrive in the next few days according to Sony.

*BD-Live functionality

* The ability to copy PS3 Music and Photo playlists to a PSP system. We introduced the ability to create Music and Photo playlists on the PS3 in firmware update v2.0. Now you can easily export your playlists to your PSP.

* You can now play DivX and WMV format files that are over 2 GB.

* Resume Play – begin playing a DVD or BD disc from the point where you previously stopped it, even if you eject the disc and insert a different movie or game.

* Use your PSP as a remote control to play back your music files on your PS3 without turning on your TV.

* The Internet browser now displays some web pages faster. In addition [Save Target] has been added as an option under file. This option lets you save a file that is linked to a web page to your PS3 hard drive or storage media.

Firmware v2.20 bringing BD-Live to PS3

In case you forgot what BD-Live is, here is a reminder.

Press Release After the Jump

So how cool is this?

London, 20th March 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that system software update v.2.20, for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), planned for release in late March, will add Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Profile 2.0 (known as BD-LIVE). With the ability to take full advantage of interactive features, such as downloadable video content, ringtones, games, and more, BD-LIVE promises to offer PS3 users the ultimate interactive film experience. In addition to BD-LIVE, the system software update will enable photo and music playlists on a PS3 to be copied to a PSP™(PlayStation®Portable), as well as other new features.

To access Blu-ray Profile 2.0, users require an Internet connection and at least 1GB of local storage. Movies with BD-LIVE are scheduled for release next month.

The following features have been demonstrated to be possible with BD-LIVE and will vary depending on the title:

· A variety of downloadable content, including bonus scenes, shorts, trailers, subtitles, ringtones that can be sent to mobile phones, images, and more.

· Interactive movie-based games can pit players who are sitting in the same room, or are across the world and online, against each other.

In addition to BD-LIVE, system software update v.2.20 enhances PS3’s relationship with PSP, enabling users to copy their favourite music and photo playlists to their PSP and experience them on-the-go. This new functionality makes it easer than ever to share media content between the two systems.

The following new features will also be included in the system software update:

· “Resume play” will enable PS3 to start playing a BD and DVD video at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been removed.*1

· “Audio Output Device” will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.

· PS3’s Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s view speed will be improved.

· DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.

· “Mosquito Noise Reduction” will be added as an AV setting in the control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.*2

*1 BD-J format disc is not supported.

*2 BD discs recorded with BDMV format are not supported.

Official Press Release

  • I like the removal of the 2.0GB limit, and the memorizing of disc position. Nice stuff.

    As to BD-LIVE, I know it’s cool and all, but I have to see it before I can get excited about it.

  • Trieloth

    RESUME PLAY!! About freaking time, man it should have been there a loooong time ago.

  • Mo

    Yeah, it’s nice, but when I’m watching a movie, i don’t want to quit it to download trailers. Seriously, that’s what PSN is for.
    But Resume Play is nice, I wish they would implement it for DivX-files.
    But what I really need is my own music in Burnout, I’ want my In-Game-XMB.

  • Darrin

    Wow! Nothing that I’m personally excited for, but those are all very nice features to have.

    Doesn’t PS3 already do resume play as long as you don’t remove the disc?

  • Rjcc

    It’s never done resume play for me.

  • chaosatom333

    @Darrin. It has resume play if you remove the disc and put it back in.

  • Kamesen

    Yeah, thats all great and stuff. But… How HOT is the girl in the video?! Wow, I had seen her before when the video was released, but MAN is she hot. Anybody know her PSN handle? I want to test her CoD4 skillz. XD~

  • ccc

    in game xmb

  • Subtitles ftw.. DivX without subtitles are unusable for meyah.

  • Oh, on the official website:
    “You can now play DivX and WMV format files that are over 2 GB. In addition, you can now display subtitles when viewing DivX files.”


  • Grats, Kamesen, that wasn’t creepy AT ALL.

  • Ahhhh, I have discovered throwback Veronica 8D