Sony announced earlier this year the Blu-ray Players BDP-S470 and BDP-S570 would get a firmware update to make the players capable of playing 3D Blu-ray discs. This firmware upgrade is now available. While not much 3D Blu-ray content is currently on the market, this is a great chance to create the ultimate home 3D viewing experience. Of course a 3D HDTV is needed. While any 3D HDTV will work with the Sony Blu-ray Players, Sony is set to release their own 3D HDTVs in July and can be pre-ordered on its SonyStyle web site.
If you do not have a 3D HDTV or don’t plan on getting one any time soon, it is still beneificail to get this upgrade. Here is a list of the benefits provided by version M04.R.588 Firmware:
- Adds support for 3D content
- Adds support for DLNA content
- Improves router connectivity
- Improves compatibility to enhance interactivity with some BD-ROMs.
- Resolves an issue where video streamed over the Internet may be displayed at SD (Standard Definition) instead of HD (High Definition) even when using a high speed Internet connection (10 Mbps or more) and watching video that is provided in HD.
- Enhanced Gracenote Entertainment database browser features:
Adds new features such Related Information Browse and Contents Search to improve your Blu-ray Disc™ movie database.
- Enhanced photo slideshow:
Adds new visual effects and music to add to your photos when they are displayed on a TV.
- Improved Compatibility:
Adds compatibility with DTS Neo:6 to convert the audio into 5.1 or 6.1 channel format.