The well-known video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced the launch (later March) of the next system software update (Version 2.20) for PS3 (PLAYSTATION 3), which will add Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE to the gaming console, aiming to enable PS3 owners to experience interactive features including downloadable video content, ringtones, games and more.

New Features Of PS3 Updated Firmware v.2.20:

  • Supports Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 (BD-LIVE)
  • “Resume play” will enable PS3 system to start playing a Blu-ray disc and DVD at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been removed
  • “Audio Output Device” will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3
  • PS3 system’s Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s view speed will be improved
  • DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable
  • “Mosquito Noise Reduction” will be added as an AV setting in the control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback
  • Enables photo and music playlists on PS3 to be copied to PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system

“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.”

Sony PS3 system software has been upgraded to version 2.30.