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PlayStation 3 Now Also Supports Blu-ray 3D Movie Playback

September 21st, 2010 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Today is an interesting “updates day” for everyone into stereo 3D as Sony has officially released a new version 3.50 firmware for all PlayStation 3 users that brings the much anticipated Blu-ray 3D support to the game console. This is actually the second 3D related firmware update that Sony is releasing after the addition of stereoscopic 3D gaming support in firmware 3.30, so the PS3 is now more functional and can not only be used to play games in stereo 3D mode (still just a few titles), but can also replace the need for a standalone Blu-ray 3D player. So go and update your console to firmware 3.50 if you still haven’t done so, you should however be aware that there are some limitations to what features the PS3 supports in terms of Blu-ray 3D movies…

Limitations on Blu-ray 3D disc playback

– The 3D display of some elements such as menus and subtitles may be different on the PS3 system than on other 3D playback devices (appear in 2D instead of 3D).
– Depending on the content, some BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) features such as BONUSVIEW and BD-Live may not play in 3D or may not function properly on the PS3 system.
– When Dolby TrueHD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in Dolby Digital during playback of Blu-ray 3D content.
– When DTS-HD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in DTS during playback of Blu-ray 3D content.

On a side note, as I get a lot of questions if any of the 3D DLP projectors can be used together with a PS3 console to output games or movies in stereo 3D, the answer to this question is NO. The reason for that is due to the fact that the PS3’s S3D support relies on the stereoscopic 3D specifications defined in the HDMI 1.4 standard, so the output from the console is based on the frame packing format at 60Hz defined in that standard and on the other hand the format used by 3D DLP projectors is frame sequential at 120Hz. So unless somebody releases an adapter box that converts from one to the other format or builds a 3D DLP projector with such capabilities you will not be able to use your PlayStation 3 for stereoscopic 3D output. This means that you will be either sticking to Sony’s 3D Bravia HDTVs or actually any other brand that has 3D-capable HDTVs using HDMI 1.4(a) as input format for 3D video content input. An alternative would be a 3D DLP HDTV from Mitsubishi and/or maybe Samsung along with a special adapters that are already available that will convert the frame packed content coming from the PS3 to the DLP checkerboard format used by these TVs. So PS3 in stereo 3D and a 3D projectors are still a no go!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SuavemanX // Sep 21, 2010 at 21:25

    I have the Mits and adapter… 3d games are nice… But someone started a rumor on avsforums that it did output checkerboard. I got excited… almost bought another ps3… But nah not yet.

  • 2 pinprince // Sep 21, 2010 at 23:23

    It would be so great if the manufactures (like Acer with the H5360) would provide a firmware update to support frame packing.
    Otoh, I wouldn’t even know how to connect my Vision3D-set with the PS3, so I suppose an extra box with either USB or a jack to connect the nVidia IR-emitter would be the only viable option for use H5360 users (that box would in turn need to support the frame-packing conversion too).
    Does any one know of some simple HDMI-evo-board with a good SDK? Maybe there is a way to DIY with some tinkering and reading of HDMI-specs.

  • 3 pinprince // Sep 21, 2010 at 23:27

    Something like this could do it too (i.e. a HDMI capture and then something to output it in nVidia S3D mode via a DX rendering context or so):
    http://blackmagic-design.com/products/decklinkhdextreme/

    But it’s WAY to expensive for the intended purpose :-)

  • 4 pinprince // Sep 21, 2010 at 23:40

    I wonder if the much cheaper Intensity PRO PCI card could be used with some manual coding/wrapping.

    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

    Not clear if they support HDMI 1.4a or if it will be enabled with a future firmware/driver….

  • 5 Bloody // Sep 22, 2010 at 00:19

    AverMedia also has a HDMI-capable capture card, but it is 1080i/720p only.

  • 6 ironerone // May 31, 2011 at 12:17

    re ps3 for 3d playback 1 puchased a vip 3d displayer which fits between the ps3 and my casio 60hz projector and the 3d is great check it out

  • 7 O O // Mar 19, 2013 at 23:48

    I don’t think the statement in the last paragraph “the format used by 3D DLP projectors is frame sequential at 120Hz” is accurate. The DLP projectors convert the signal into a frame sequential signal at 120Hz before playing. However, they do not accept a 120Hz signal. They rely on receiving a half SBS signal. They do not support “frame packed” partly due to not being hdmi 1.4, instead convert half SBS to frame sequential, resulting in loss of resolution (by half for each eye)

    Full HD frame packed 3D requires a higher bandwidth than what hdmi 1.3 provides. PS3 gets around it by only outputting frame packed 1080p at 24p rather than 60p, and they reduce audio quality to conserve bandwidth.

    Anyway, I realize this is an older article and nowadays there are DLP projectors that support hdmi 1.4. They play frame packed Full HD 3D just fine

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