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Firmware v2.20 bringing BD-Live to PS3

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Mar 20, 2008 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.

Most notably, the update enables the PS3 to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. You can connect now to the Internet while playing discs that support BD-Live to obtain additional content and special features. These features vary from disc to disc, and will keep your BD discs fresh with new content and in some cases exclusive content only accessible to owners of BD-Live enabled discs. On April 8th Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The 6th Day and Walk Hard on Blu-ray; these titles will be among the first to take advantage of BD-Live. With this update, the PLAYSTATION 3 becomes the first Blu-ray player on the market with BD-Live functionality.

Here are some of the other new features/enhancements that will be included in Firmware v2.20:

  • The ability to copy PS3 Music and Photo playlists to a PSP system. We introduced the ability to create Music and Photo playlists on the PS3 in firmware update v2.0. Now you can easily export your playlists to your PSP.
  • You can now play DivX and WMV format files that are over 2 GB. In addition, you can now display subtitles when viewing DivX files.
  • Resume Play – begin playing a DVD or BD disc from the point where you previously stopped it, even if you eject the disc and insert a different movie or game.
  • Use your PSP as a remote control to play back your music files on your PS3 without turning on your TV.
  • The Internet browser now displays some web pages faster. In addition [Save Target] has been added as an option under file. This option lets you save a file that is linked to a web page to your PS3 hard drive or storage media.

There are a few other tweaks and upgrades included in v2.20 – we’ll provide more specifics as the update is about to go live.

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+ johnupnorth on March 25th, 2008 at 9:16 am said:

I just install it except for one previously unsupported video file I did not get any more support codec wise. I would love for Sony to come up with at least their own video converter for the PC and also a PC media server software that fully compatible and integrated to the ps3 and is not a resource hog. I would even pay for a special firmware upgrade that would give me every damn codec support out there provided it a cheap package deal! I love that it the second firmware upgrade in a month maybe they are getting ready for a big leap forward.


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+ moom on March 25th, 2008 at 9:57 am said:

Apart from all the things others have mentioned (flash support, etc) I have one more thing I’d like to see before my PS3 really justifies the name ‘entertainment hub’ – and that’s compliance as a DLNA (DNLA? DVLA? Ach, you know) server, rather than just a client.


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+ schade_chr on March 25th, 2008 at 1:26 pm said:

Well a podcast client with RSS reader would stil be totally obvious and transform the PS3 into a video/audio wonderland straight away.


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+ Speedway on March 25th, 2008 at 1:58 pm said:

Support for HD audio in bit stream (since it is foreseen since the beginning, but not supported yet), srt subtitles and more codecs would be fantastic and worthwhile an update…I stick with 2.10 !!
HD media center ??? SD would be beter…


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+ azmo on March 25th, 2008 at 2:15 pm said:

Please support external srt files in the future. Many people don’t want to roll subtitles into files. Most people who use subtitles use sub or srt files external to the video file with the same file name. This subtitle functionality is completely useless to me otherwise as I am not going to repackage all my videos for your limited functionality player.

I am glad playback compatibility has been improved, however the ps3 still complains about far too many files, and even throws errors mid playback that require skipping over the point that causes an error, which suggests the software is incapable of recovering from errors like the vast majority of players.


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+ Ahsayuni on March 25th, 2008 at 4:34 pm said:

When?!


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+ dinosauriac on March 25th, 2008 at 5:41 pm said:

What happened to the “Resume Play” feature? That would’ve been pretty useful..


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+ Kurosaki on March 25th, 2008 at 7:45 pm said:

As a Hardcore PLAYSTATION fan.. I know you guys can do better than this. I know you guys are better than XBOX … its been 1 since we had a PS3, and the PS3 is lacking a lot of stuff that was promised to be on the PS3.. some of us are patient and some aren’t .. it took Microsoft 1 year to add a lot of stuff its been lacking..on the XBOX 360 (but i don’t like XBOX 360, so who cares). As a loyal PLAYSTATION fan.. I have been patient for a long time.. and I can wait one or two more months for some cool features to be on the PS3 that has been lacking since then.. we all want XMB in-game cuz we are tired of people calling while we are playing a game.. and have to quit da game and blah blah blah.. so please give us what we need.. -_- I am patient but I just hope they features come out sooner.. (Especially HOME) =_=


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+ skaterricky on March 26th, 2008 at 2:05 am said:

My prodiction is when In-Game XMB and Home come out are:

In-Game – June – July

Home Open beta – July

Full Home – September – November
(hey SONY guys my B-day is Sep. 11th) :D

Everyone just have to hold on to your pantie.

Because Sony knows not to push out a bad Firmware because there to good like that.

TO one loyal SONY fan to another:

Let the guy behind the wheel drive because they know what there doing.


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+ Vademor on March 26th, 2008 at 5:54 am said:

Hello
I love my PS3 and I`m amazed by its capabilities, although I`m concerned if it will be able to continue to be at the edge of technology, due to no upgradeable hardware and to some components seem weak comparable to PCs.
About the firmware updates, I think it`s a great feature, you can almost give us a new machine every time. I`m more oriented towards offline and single person gaming, so I leave for someone else this subject. Besides the games, I use ( at least I try ) the PS3 as a HD media player. With photos and music, we are covered well, but the video player sometimes it`s frustrating. Some files play, some don`t play, some play but with no sound… In PCs you can have for free mpc with ffdshow or VLC and you are covered for almost any kind of file. And what about subtitles? What did you mean by saying with fw 2.2 subtitles for divx will be supported? The worst $20 no brand dvd player reads the subtitles from an external srt file. How are subtitles now supported by PS3?? No external implementation program should be needed.
About subtitles…. Start putting all the subtitles in one BluRay so we can start buying BluRays. You can put 100 subtitles and still practically use zero space. If you wait for each country to put its own, you will lose the war to dvds and downloading. (this remark is of course for the studios).
That thing where at first it says no videos and when you press triangle and continue with show all , it then finds them, doesn`t need a little fixing?

Few remarks and comments, hope some are helpful… Best wishes for your work on the PS3!


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+ Desidarious on March 26th, 2008 at 11:58 am said:

This update seems a whole lot more encompassing than the last one… but it took like 30 minutes to download.. on an 11Mb line… that was a lot of download. :)

Ok, so here goes… I would like to say the future of gaming is about social gaming… but it is not…. the present of gaming is about social gaming. Sony, you need to get on the ball, I am very sick and tired of trying to connect with friends, add friends, or multi-play games with friends on the PS3. On the XBOX (yuck!) it is a few buttons and BAM!!!!! I am talking to my buddy playing Rock Band, while I am playing COD4. And oh, btw, I can tell him stuff like… hey man.. big game going on over here.. why don’t you come on over? etc..etc…

On the PS3, I can see my friend is logged in, but then I have to quit my game (wtf?) just to try to get a hold of him…. and then when we both go into the same game, trying to join the same match is a PAIN IN THE F#$#@ING A$$.

Things like this in life should not be this difficult… I mean in a few mouse clicks I can order pizza, get turn by turn directions from here to Kalamazoo, pay my bills, apply for a mortgage, etc.etc.etc.etc,… but let me try to connect with my friends on the PS3 and it feels like I am living in the stone age of technology.

Am I talking about XMB? No, I am talking more than that, on a broader level based on this simple vision:

“Sony should strive to provide a platform that promotes and provides for social gaming, without placing the lions share of the inherent technical difficulties on the consumer.”

Sony may soon find itself with the only remaining customers being the ‘die-hard, anti-microsoft’ loyalists…. and guess what Sony, they are far outnumbered by those who are XBOX fans (yuck!) or supplier agnostic and only want something easy and fun! (you know easy and fun? that’s what we paid up to $499.99 for was fun wasn’t it? and difficult is not fun.)

Please, please, please keep up. I hate M$, but love what Live! can do, and only want to see similar capabilities on my PS3.

Signed,

Someone who hoped that Sony would have just a little bit more vision than this.


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+ Desidarious on March 26th, 2008 at 12:08 pm said:

One last thing. Why are there so many people harping on those who want in game XMB?

If it is a feature that a lot of people are asking for and or complaining about not having, then guess what? It is a feature that a lot of consumers want!

If you find that most ( greater than 50%) of the feedback here is asking about XMB, then you do the math…..

It is the most requested feature. And your ‘tired of people whining about XMB’ attitude is counter-productive at best.


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+ leetfoo on March 26th, 2008 at 12:25 pm said:

@365 Des. Sony has said they are working on it and will make it happen as soon as they can. Why people still feel the need to demand it on every topic is beyond the understanding of the rest of us. So in other words, people can stop whining about in game xmb. sony already promised it and the whining isn’t getting it here faster.


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+ Desidarious on March 27th, 2008 at 7:02 am said:

@366. Well then I apologize. I guess I have not seen any official statement anywhere. I hope they do a decent job at it on the first pass. I am holding high hopes and expectations as is all.

You will not hear me ask about it again until Q308.

Thanks for the info.


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+ 2percentmilk on March 27th, 2008 at 2:30 pm said:

Hey, it seems that ever since the latest firmware update came out, my PS1 games are running kinda choppy. Never had a prob until now…


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+ Nikki Niel on March 27th, 2008 at 3:20 pm said:

I really enjoy watching what the ps3 has become during these updates =)

However here’s my list of things I would like to se added:

The obvious ones:

In-game XMB.
Custom music while playing.
Bigger and better file support for movies, music and pictures.
DTS-MA support.

Less obvious:

XMB Clock. (The PSP has it)
SACD multi-channel to DTS conversion. (Why was it removed?)
Support for external drives with NTFS or similar system.
Support for network (wired and wireless) printers.
Creation of custom folders for games and media, aswell as being able to arrange the folders and files in custom order.

Remote play:
PS2 games to become playable.
DVD and BD movies to be playable.
Being able to erase the “intelligent wordlist” thing.
Being able to stretch the image to fit the PSP screen when playing PS1, PS2, DVD and BD.

Ability to handle me pressing more than 2 buttons at once which becomes a problem with some games. Ex: MGS1. I have to drop a bomb from my inventory. This requires me to press L2 and O button. On remote play that is: Select+L2 and O button. This combination is not accepted by the either the PS3 or PSP (or both?)

Please fix this =)

That’s all I’m asking for, I hope your listening Sony ;)


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+ amber558 on March 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm said:

Hmmm…some update. After installing it I can’t play a single game or movie! Am I the only one??


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+ Jack on March 28th, 2008 at 3:05 am said:

Eric, many of us want dual audio (simultaneous hdmi/optical output); so much that were going to excessive lengths to get it.

Just a few examples here: What a hassle….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTJJTS5InHU

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3media&thread.id=90763&view=by_date_ascending&page=2

http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=44920

I refuse to buy an hdmi receiver to get it myself. I want to be able to run the optical to my gaming chair for rear channels while using the speakers in the 60in Sony A3000 for the front. Is Sony not allowing this feature so as to sell more receivers?

I continue to buy 360 FPS titles because of this. The XBOX offers dual audio, so should the PS3. Add it to the next firmware update. Thanks.


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+ g8tor07 on March 28th, 2008 at 9:47 am said:

BD live cant wait to try.Walk Hard 04/08/08 Sony says release date.www.AddictsAtticRocks.com.


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+ tox93 on March 28th, 2008 at 12:19 pm said:

hey – 2.20 was GREAT update – im lovin it! is there any chance of making the ps3 compatible with portable internet sticks? you know – the ones which are basically memory sticks which connect to any mobile internet networks when they’re plugged into a system? That would be a great help because unfortunately i can’t get ADSL or ethernet here!

The internet key that i have is called Vodafone Connect Lite for Italy.


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+ techgiant2000 on March 28th, 2008 at 6:25 pm said:

good to see bd-live and ingame chat now how about ingame music?


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+ eski on March 29th, 2008 at 1:35 pm said:

Where is the support for .srt Subtitles???


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+ Eddiedjvendetta on March 30th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

Awesome video. It shows that I still have alot to learn about my PS3 and PSP.


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+ eNaR on March 30th, 2008 at 2:01 pm said:

It seems that firmware update 2.2 has caused some problems (at least with my setup). Prior to updating streaming a movie from my computer started with 5-10 seconds of clicking on the movie. Now it takes about a minute before the movie starts playing.

In addition prior to the update the movie would play start to finish without any problems. Now it stalls, pauses, whatever you want to call it quite often and then resumes (most of the time it only lasts less than a second (however sometimes longer)). That is very annoying…..

Anyone else experienced this?


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+ eNaR on March 30th, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

One other thing….. The Sony browser is less than something you would expect from a company like Sony and especially on a powerhouse like the PS3. Why not use “Opera for devices” ?

I have an Archos (see http://www.archos.com/products/gen_5/index.html) which uses Opera and it is a fantastic browser….

….come on Sony give us Opera…. Btw, if you’re really into pissing Microsoft off, here’s another way to do so !

Amber says in post 367 that with the new update her movies don’t play….. In addition to what I said in post 374, I’m seeing a lot more unsupported file type – but how could that be, mine are either in DIVX or xvid. Wonder if it’s something with the streaming???


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+ boykob on March 31st, 2008 at 4:34 am said:

Hello everyone
By far I am very plesed with the PS3 as whole,but there are few thing that must be sorted out:
1.better video compatibility /divx,xvid,h264,mov,mp4/
2.containers /most impotant MKV/
3.subtitles /sub,srt,txt/ without conversio and embedding
4.SACD multichannel /I own 100+ and by far I’m very disappointed with the issue since it can be done/
5.Folders and subfolders management and creation by owner,because available options now are terrible
6.Skype
7.Decent Internet browser and downloads/even now a lot of issues and glitches/
8.RSX in Linux
9.Bravia Theatre Sync
10.DTS-MA and DD-THD bitstream or internal /via HDMI/
So to sum up,having in mind who is SONY,and that they employ about 5000 people in R&D there must not be a problem to dedicate 1/10th of them to sort out the above most obvious problems.If SONY does it by the end of summer /maybe they are working already/,and fix the after bugs by October – November,they’ll be outselling Wii and 360 combined by twice.I hope someone in SCE Japan is actually reading this rows since this is the objective of this blog and I’m not fond of Japaneese to write to the J-site.
Best regards to all and keep enjoy your PS3,future is in Our hands,someone /SONY/ just have to make it happen !


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+ boykob on March 31st, 2008 at 5:04 am said:

Few more things :
-Prepaid cards for PSN /not all countries are covered by PS Store,and not every one wants to use credit card for online payment/
-Movie and music rental downloads /of course not 1080p/
-Some universal PVR add on /dvb-t,s,c/ – just a wish but possible one
Sorry for the mistakes in the above post but [DELETED] happens ;-)
When all this happens /it must/,we could proudly ask everyone else “Well what do You have by Yuor TV !?!”.


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+ rayhernan on April 5th, 2008 at 9:33 pm said:

As Amber558 after installing Upgrade 2.20 I can no longer play any disc. I installed upgrade this morning, everything was ok. After that no more movies, DVDs or games can be played.

Any advice?


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+ nikicampos on April 15th, 2008 at 11:31 pm said:

what a hell, i was watching pirates of the caribbean and i stopped in the middle, play some COD4, put back the movie and it started from the beggining, so much for resume play!!!!!!!!


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+ Jack on April 16th, 2008 at 2:51 am said:

Has ANYONE actually received a response from Sony after posting here. I posted here and elsewhere requesting a firmware update that would FINALLY enable dual optical/hdmi audio on the PS3 (just as Xbox 360 allows). Silence. Now I’m demanding it. I’m sick of Sony not giving attention when/where it’s due. Fkn’ respond, Sony.


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