You know how we’re always being told that the PS3 won’t enhance your older PSOne/PS2 games? Well, now there’s a firmware update that will change the whole visual outcome for playing older PlayStation games. What does this firmware update do exactly? It makes all content 1080p, HD compatible.

According to the SCEE press release, they announced that... ”availability of the latest version of the PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) firmware. Version 1.80 features upscaling of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to full 1080p HD resolution when viewed on a compatible HD TV set.”

The press release also stated that “The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HD TV set1. Not only can DVD movies be enhanced to full 1080p HD quality but so too will PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games be upscaled to provide much improved gaming pleasure.”

Man, M$ and the Xbox 360 are going to have to play some serious catch-up now. PSOne games in 1080p HD? Wow. Normal Xbox 360 games don’t even output at that resolution. Talk about kicking beneath the belt. Pretty soon Sony’s going to unveil a new firmware update that’ll allow PS3 owners to stream HD-DVD content....(let the fanboy hatred begin).

For further information regarding the firmware update, or the compatibility functionality of upscaling DVD content and PlayStation software, please visit SCEE Official Website or SCEA Official Website, or the DLNA - Digital Living Network Alliance for more details.

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