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Hands-on with PS3’s 3D Blu-ray update

By September 21, 2010Newswires

Hands-on with PS3’s 3D Blu-ray update

By David Katzmaier and Matthew Moskovciak

We got a chance to test the 3D portion of the Sony PlayStation 3’s latest firmware update, version 3.5, and the short story is that it works fine aside from one minor issue that may be a dealbreaker for audiophiles.

For our test we hooked up our PS3 Slim to a number of 3D TVs in our TV test lab, namely the LG 47LX9500, Panasonic TC-P50VT25, the Samsung UN55C8000, and Sony KDL-46NX810–representing all of the current flat-panel 3D TV makers. In each case the PS3 delivered what was, as far as we can tell by eye and the TVs’ status indicators and menus, Full HD 3D, aka 1080p to each eye via the frame-packing format used by Blu-ray. Images appeared as sharp as we expected, without the softer look characteristic of half-resolution broadcast 3D, from DirecTV for example.

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