Blu-ray
PS3 Adds Blu-ray Interactive Features
Sony has announced an upgrade that will unleash the interactivity of BD-Live.
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The upgrade will also allow PS3 users to share music and photos with the PSP.
March 20, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Those using the PlayStation 3 to also watch Blu-ray movies might want to stop playing “Guitar Hero III”—just for a second. Sony just announced that it will be sending software updates to those consoles, to add interactive features.

Adding Blu-ray Profile 2.0 (also known as BD-Live) will allow PS3 owners to download bonus video content, ringtones, games and other extras. One of those extras will allow PS3 users to copy music and photos to the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

“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.”

Other new features include an enhanced web browser, “Mosquito Noise Reduction,” and the ability to resume play at the point where a Blu-ray disc was stopped—even if it’s been removed.

The BD Profile 2.0 update requires a web connection and at least 1GB of local storage.

Sony plans to kick off BD-Live with interactive features on new releases “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “The 6th Day,” which will both be released on April 8.

Read the Entire Press Release Here.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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