March 20 2008
PLAYSTATION®3 to Support New Interactive Blu-ray Movie Features (BD-LIVE) With Upcoming System Software Update
PS3™ Owners Will Soon Enjoy Downloadable Movie Content, Games and More with Blu-ray Disc™ Profile 2.0; PS3™’s Interoperability with PSP™® Will Also Be Enhanced
FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 20, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, slated for release in late March, will add Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE, enabling PS3™ owners to experience interactive features, such as downloadable video content, ringtones, games, and more. In addition to BD-LIVE, the system software update (v.2.20) will enable photo and music playlists on PS3™ to be copied to PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, among other new features. These updates demonstrate how PS3™ continues to evolve as a home entertainment hub with the flexibility to deliver the newest technology innovations that benefit PS3™ owners.
“With Blu-ray established as the high-definition optical disc standard, more consumers are ready to jump in and take advantage of everything the format offers,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. “Whether you want to download movie extras, send ringtones to your phone, or play interactive games, BD-LIVE will offer exciting new ways to enjoy a Blu-ray movie. With these regular firmware updates and future-proofed technology, SCEA is making the 10-year lifecycle of PS3™ possible.”
BD Profile 2.0 requires an Internet connection and at least 1GB of local storage. The following features have all been demonstrated as possibilities with BD-Live and will vary by movie title.
In conjunction with the PS3™ firmware update, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is pleased to announce two BD-LIVE enabled titles to be released on April 8 – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The 6th Day. Both titles will include exclusive downloadable content that goes beyond what is available on the actual Blu-ray discs. These initial releases preview some of the exciting new developments that will soon be available from BD-LIVE on Blu-ray disc.
Beyond BD-LIVE, the new system software update enhances PS3™ system’s interoperability with PSP™ system, enabling users to take their favorite music and photo playlists with them on-the-go with their PSP™. To copy a playlist, PSP™ and PS3™ must first be connected with a USB cable, and the PSP™ must be in USB mode. Then, on PS3™, select “Copy” in the option menu of each music or photo playlist, and choose PSP™ as the destination. Now the playlist order, and the songs or photos themselves, will be accessible on the PSP™’s Memory Stick PRO Duo anytime, anywhere. 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.
About PS3™ and PSP™ System Software Updates
PS3™ and PSP™ systems were designed to continually evolve with regular system software
updates that deliver new features. There’s no additional investment required from consumers,
who simply update their systems and can immediately enjoy the benefits of the added
functionality. 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
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) system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services 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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