December 18 2007
PLAYSTATION®3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Expanding Entertainment Capabilities With New System Software Updates
PS3™ to Add DivX Video Support, Blu-ray Disc™ Profile 1.1; PSP™® to Offer Internet Radio
FOSTER CITY, Calif., December 18, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software updates for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) systems are now available. PS3™ system will be upgraded to v. 2.10, which further enhances the system’s home theater capabilities by enabling playback of DivX®-formatted videos and upgrading to Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Profile 1.1. This profile makes PS3™ one of the first Blu-ray players capable of advanced features for movies, such as picture-in-picture viewing and interactive audio commentary. PSP™ will be upgraded to v. 3.80, expanding the system’s music functionality with the addition of Internet Radio via AOL’s SHOUTcast Radio and icecast.org’s icecast . PSP™ users will be able to listen to their choice of more than 22,000 stations whenever they’re at a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving them significantly more options beyond the music stored on their Memory Stick Duo™.*
"Consumers are seeing the incredible depth of PS3™ and PSP™ as entertainment systems, and these new features expand each platform’s media capabilities and provide more options for enjoying content – whether it’s movies on a high-definition setup with PS3™ or music on the road with PSP™," said Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, Marketing and PLAYSTATION®Network, SCEA."Both PS3™ and PSP™ continue to evolve with new upgrades that consumers are asking for, all delivered with the ease of free system software updates that keep our consumers at the forefront of innovation."
PS3™ system software 2.10
PS3™ system software 2.10 also includes the BD Profile 1.1, making PS3™ one of the first Blu-ray players on the market capable of advanced features for movies, such as secondary video and audio decoders for picture-in-picture viewing and interactive audio commentary. The first BD movies to take advantage of BD Profile 1.1 are slated for release in January 2008, making PS3™ owners among the first consumers who will be able to enjoy the enhanced movie-watching experience that Blu-ray technology makes possible.
All PS3™ systems play high-definition Blu-ray movies out-of-the-box, and with 70 percent of PS3™ users stating in a recent survey that they own at least three BD movies, it’s clear that Blu-ray movie playback is a key benefit for PS3™ owners. Because of PS3™’s ability to upgrade its system software , the 1.1 Profile and future BD updates can easily be delivered to users, enabling the system to remain current as BD technology advances.
System software 2.10 also adds support for playback of videos in VC-1 format, including WMV content. Additionally, a new Voice Changer setting for voice and video chat enables high and low-pitched tones to be adjusted to five preset levels.
PSP™ System Software 3.80
The Internet Radio feature is compatible with both the original PSP™ (PSP™- 1000 model ) and the recently released PSP™ (PSP™- 2000 model ) . To access the feature, an Internet Radio icon will be available on the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) under the Network category, and a Memory Stick Duo is required to register the application.
Both PS3™ and PSP™ systems were designed to continually evolve with regular system software upgrades that deliver new features and functionality. With no additional investment, consumers simply update their systems and can immediately enjoy these upgrades. This process lengthens the lifecycle of PS3™ and PSP™, and consumers no longer have to worry about their hardware becoming outdated or missing out on exciting new capabilities. SCEA will continue to release system software updates on an ongoing basis. For further details and instructions on how to update the PS3™ and PSP™ system software , please visit us.playstation.com.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, and its online and network services, the PLAYSTATION®Network and PLAYSTATION®Store.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system, the PSP™ system and the PS3™ system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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