Sony, as promised, has today issued firmware update 3.50 for the PlayStation 3 to give it compatibility with 3D Blu-ray discs.
We've just updated our own PS3 and having connected it to Samsung, Sony and Panasonic 3D TVs, can report that it works, finally making the PS3 a fully 3D-capable device.
However, if you're a PS3/Sony 3D TV owner and planning to implement the upgrade, it's worth noting a couple of things.
First up, don't forget to connect the 3D sensor bar to the Sony 3D TV, which enables the 3D settings.
When we initially hooked a 3D-enabled PS3 into a Sony TV (we used a Bravia KDL-46HX903 and KDL-52HX903), it didn't show an immediate message displaying relevant 3D info (such as screen size selection).
However, Sony told us more recent 2010-model Bravia TVs have had a further firmware upgrade to make the handshake between the TV and PS3 more immediate, with an on-screen display showing the relevant 3D settings.
They've since sent us an upgraded KDL-40HX803 set, and we're happy to report that this is indeed the case, so the TV and PS3 now handshake properly.
As for high-definition audio, the 3.50 upgrade won't support DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD soundtracks during 3D Blu-ray playback.
So when playing back a 3D BD with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the PS3 will output standard (lossy) DTS. When playing back a 3D BD with a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, the PS3 will output Dolby Digital. This affects both PCM output and bitstreaming (available on PS3 Slim consoles only).
For more information on this, and a more detailed account of our test of the PS3 3D upgrade, read our special blog.
And if you have a 3D TV and upgraded PS3, let us know how you get on in the Comments box below or on our Forums.
Sony has announced that the next firmware update for the PlayStation 3 will allow the console to play 3D Blu-ray discs.
Firmware update 3.50 is set for release on Tuesday September 21st, and sees Sony follow through on the promise to make the PS3 a truly 3D-capable machine.
The PS3 is already capable of playing 3D games but will now be able to play 3D Blu-ray movies too, though you of course still need a 3D TV.