Sony has released version 1.3 of its firmware for the PlayStation 3 game console, which gives preference to 1080i high-definition output. The device initially outputted in only 720p and 1080p HD, which meant older televisions with support only for 1080i were stuck displaying standard definition 480p.
The fix additionally improves USB support and enables Blu-ray movies to be viewed in YUV, which is intended to boost quality when using the HDMI output. Support for a Bluetooth remote was also added. “Within 3 weeks of US launch, most of the software criticsms have been addressed,” remarked BetaNews reader Mark Gillespie. “PS1/PS2 game compatibility was vastly improved in v1.1…Now the 1080i issue is resolved, I wonder if anyone will do the honourable thing, and report this?” However, some users report the update actually has a negative impact.
Sony, Resolves PS3 HD Issue