Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that the next system software update to version 1.80 for the PlayStation 3 console will be available for download on May 24. Among the new features, the update will add the ability to upscale PS1 and PS2 games in addition to DVD movies up to a 1080p resolution on compatible HDTVs with the proper HDMI connection.
"The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HD TV set," Sony official said.
Two other significant upgrades were mentioned, including a new Remote Play feature that allows linking the PS3 console with a PSP handheld to access photos, videos, and music on a PS3 system's hard drive via any accessible Wi-Fi Internet connection - after a firmware update on the PSP. The final new feature will enable PS3 owners to access images, videos and music stored on a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enabled device over a home network. Other various enhancements were made like photo printing, viewing, and editing directly from the PS3 with a compatible printer, and the ability to copy saved data from the PS1 or PS2 stored on a PS3 system to a memory card.