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PS3 Blu-ray BD-Live Firmware Update

The PS3 will contain new Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 features, which Sony calls BD-Live, will contain the ability to download video content, ring tones and video games. BD-Live will be part of an overall system software update to the PS3.

PS3 will also have capabilities to enable photo and music play-lists to be copied to the PSP, Sony’s handheld PlayStation Portable, in the finest effort to keep the PlayStation 3 platform evolving for long-term market growth.

“With these regular firmware updates and future-proofed technology, SCEA is making the 10-year life cycle of PS3 possible,” Scott A. Steinberg, VP of product marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, said.

BD-Live requires an Internet connection and at least 1 GB of local storage. The technology will enable movie studios to offer downloadable HD content with Blu-ray DVDs, including bonus scenes, shorts, trailers, subtitles, and interactive movie-based games. Ring tones for mobile phones could also be made available.

In conjunction with the BD-Live release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing April 8 two movie titles that will include exclusive downloadable content. The titles are Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The 6th Day.

Blu-ray DVD features in the system software upgrade will include “resume play,” which enables PS3 systems to restart the DVD disc at the point it was stopped, even if the disc has been removed. However, the feature will only work with Blu-ray discs formatted for the capability.

Other features include a remote play setting that enables PlayStation Portable to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3. In addition, PS3’s Web browser has been enhanced to enable streaming of video files directly linked from a Web page, and the console also will be able to play DivX and WMV format videos larger than 2 GB.