3D Blu-ray standard outlined, includes PS3

Avatar in 3D on PS3

Future wishes: Avatar in 3D on PS3
(Credit: 20th Century Fox)

The Blu-ray Disc Association released its finalised 3D specifications, outlining what to expect out of 3D Blu-ray in 2010.

The specification includes full 1080p resolution, backward compatibility for both 3D Blu-ray players and the 3D Blu-ray discs (meaning that both will play or be able to be played in 2D), and the use of a new MVC codec, an extension of the existing AVC. 3D playback will be "display agnostic", meaning that, according to the Blu-ray Disc Association, the format will be compatible across "any compatible 3D display". What exactly a "compatible 3D display" consists of is still a mystery, but a Blu-ray Disc Association representative said via a phone call that for the most part, you'll need a new TV set to make this technology work.

We've previously reported on the PS3's full-fledged leap into 3D gaming by 2011. At the time, we were uncertain as to whether the console would also be a qualified 3D Blu-ray player, but the answer has been provided: yes, it can. The PS3 is included in the specification announcement from the Blu-ray Disc Association, which means the PS3 is perfectly suited to become a 3D platform in every respect.

The capability for PS3 consoles to become full-fledged 3D Blu-ray players, especially in advance of what seems to be the biggest 3D Blu-ray killer app yet seen, could be a huge selling point for PlayStation in 2010. We hope all PS3s will gain this feature via a software update, but the representative said that's Sony's decision. We'll update this post when we know for sure.

Via CNET.com

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Tom posted a comment   

I dont own a PS3 yet thats why Im waiting to buy a 3d bluray player or a PS3. avatar was great!


Slipgate posted a comment   

@young The game has been out awhile, the movie was phenomenal, I've seen it twice already.


young n.o posted a comment   

i think it's a good movie by the sounds of it i woder if they are going to make a game about it


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