SCEA has confirmed specifics of the latest firmware update, version 1.30, for its PlayStation 3 console, including video output resolution fixes, support for Blu-Ray remote controls, and new backup support.
Fixes and upgrades to the PS3 system via this update, which can be downloaded via the System Update feature, via a PC with storage media or a USB mass storage device, or via an update on a game disc, are as follows:
- To suit your TVís specification, you can now select the video output format (automatic, RGB, or Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr) for Blu-ray disc playback using an HDMI cable.
- Selecting video output resolution has changed, allowing you to choose all the resolutions supported by the TV. The video will automatically be displayed at the maximum resolution possible, according to the following order: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, Standard (NTSC).
- Backup utility has been added as a feature under System Settings, enabling you to back up your PS3ís hard disk data to storage media or restore data from storage media to the hard disk.
- USB peripherals designed for PlayStation 2 titles, including steering wheels and flight sticks, can now be used when playing PlayStation 2 games on the PS3 system.
In addition, according to an official Sony statement regarding the update, which actually debuted earlier today: "Among the key updates is support for a Blu-ray Disc (BD) remote control and the ability to select the output format for BD/DVD video through an HDMI cable. The Bluetooth-enabled remote control will be available at retail later this month for $24.99."