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PlayStation 3 Upgraded to Blu-ray 2.0

PS3 Getting Upgrade to Blu-ray 2.0So the high definition disc format war is over, which is good news. But, if you celebrated the end of the war by running out and buying a standalone Blu-ray player then we hope you kept the receipt. A few of the newest players and disc releases support the new Blu-ray 2.0, offering a number of nice upgrades -- upgrades that the older players can't take advantage of. The exception is, of course, Sony's wunder-console, the PS3, which will be receiving an update later this month to make it Blu-ray 2.0 compatible.

Blu-ray 2.0, also called BD-Live, delivers a handful of niceties that were missing in the first Blu-ray spec. The big one is picture-in-picture, which means special feature videos can pop-up during the main feature if you so desire. Also added is Internet connectivity to allow you to download new special features and trailers. Not exactly must-have functional enhancements, but frustrating just the same to owners of non-upgradeable 1.0 players.

On top of the BD-Live update, the PS3 will get a few other minor tweaks, including: the ability to resume playback of Blu-ray movie where you left it off; the ability to use your PSP as a big, expensive remote control; performance updates for the PS3's web browser; and the ability to play back WMV and DivX videos that are larger than two gigabytes in size.

Again, no firm launch date, but it is expected by the end of the month.

From Engadget

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