Get ready for the Blu-ray PlayStation 3 update

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Sony’s victory in its battle with Toshiba and its (now obsolete) HD DVD format rival. can be attributed in part to the runaway popularity of the Blu-ray-equipped PlayStation 3 videogame console.

The system is going to become even more popular now that the console’s next system update will see Sony’s entertainment powerhouse equipped with a wealth of new features, including Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 — or BD-Live as it is also known.

This will enable the PlayStation 3 to be the very first Blu-ray player to offer BD-Live, enabling users to access the Web through their consoles in order to download extra Blu-ray content and widen their HD experience.

Downloadable media is expected to include content such as bonus movie scenes not included within the confines of the actual physical disc, trailers for upcoming movie releases and even interactive movie-based games.

A technical addition related to playback is the ‘resume play’ feature, which will allow the PlayStation 3’s Blu-ray player to keep track of where, in any given movie, the user stopped watching prior to the disc being stopped or removed.

The “free” system update should be available before the close of this month, reported the Associated Press.

Other system additions to be introduced through the PS3’s soon-to-be-released system update include the ability to copy photos and music playlists from the home console to a separate handheld PlayStation Portable device.

Also, the PSP will double as a remote control unit for music playback on the PlayStation 3 along with streamed Web videos.

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Author: movie boss

Scott Rosenberg is an award winning entertainment journalist covering stories bridging the United States and Asia. He is also managing director of AMW International Co. Ltd., a Bangkok based pr and marketing boutique.

Wearing his journalist cap, he serves as Asian Pacific Bureau Chief of US based Film Journal International and former editor of Monsters and Critics. Formerly Scott was Thailand correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and Southeast Asian correspondent for Variety.

Scott has served as consultant to many international film festivals, most recently serving as director for the inaugural Phuket Film Festival in Phuket, Thailand in October 2007.

Scott was presented the “Friends of Thailand” Award by the Thai Government in 2002 for his contributions to the Kingdom through his journalistic endeavors while having received from His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, that same year the royal titles Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Sahametrei and Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Cambodge.

As a hobby, Scott raises rare breed, pedigree Thai Ridgeback Dogs and “hangs-out” with Thai Elephants in northern Thailand as they paint. Their paintings can be found at www.elephant-paintings.com

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