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PS3 to Upscale DVD? Not so fast…

Christopher sent me this article (thanks!) containing an interview with Peter Dille, Sony Computer Entertainment’s SVP of Marketing. The interview is mostly boring stuff, but at one point they discuss DVD upscaling to 1080p. Peter Dille says that yes, of course the PS3 does that. So we all think “Yay!” and wonder at the marvel that is PS3, right?

I’m not so sure. Here, I’ll quote the part of the interview in question:

Because, that’s something that actually kind of turned some heads is when Microsoft announced 1080p support. They also announced that they were going to be adding DVD playback upscaling to 1080p, which is kind of something that is more or less unheard of in the consumer DVD playback market.

Right, so I guess from a Blu-ray perspective, Blu-ray movies are obviously 1080p capable; the Blu-ray player will upscale DVDs — your question’s about why not PS1 and PS2 games?

So you’re saying the PlayStation 3 will upscale DVDs to 1080p?

Yes. Oh, yes.


That’s part and parcel of the Blu-ray technology. I thought you were questioning about the PlayStation game aspect.

Note how Mr. Dille says “That’s part and parcel of the Blu-ray technology” ? Well, he can’t be talking about upscaling DVD’s to 1080p, because that has nothing to do with BD. Of course, displaying BD movies in 1080p is part of every Blu-ray player released so far. So do you think that maybe he was just getting a little confused? I do. Mr. Dille, in my opinion, was thinking of BD discs, not DVD discs. I’m guessing we’ll see a clarification from Sony soon.

Peter Dille, Sony Computer Entertainment’s SVP of Marketing