Sony PS3 to get BD Profile 1.1 this month, BD-Live in 2008?

A Video Business article that is mainly about BD-Live titles coming out in early 2008 has a couple of tidbits that I find even more interesting:

Studio executive panelists as well as manufacturers speaking at the conference acknowledged the current absence of BD-Live players. Yet, Eklund said Sony and other studios anticipate that the PlayStation 3 will soon become one such player, likely through firmware updates, as the console already allows users to download game-related content.

Eklund added that firmware should be released for the PS3 this month that would upgrade the console to fully playback picture-in-picture interactivity, another type of high-def bonus feature that is popular in HD DVD titles but not yet available with Blu-ray titles due to few compatible players.

That Eklund is Sony executive VP of advanced technologies Don Eklund, someone who is likely to know of which he speaks. I realize that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is separate from Sony’s gaming division, but since Blu-ray is fundamental to both groups they’ve certainly been working together.

The PIP capability would mean Blu-ray Profile 1.1 capability would be added this month. It has been long-expected, but there hasn’t been any word on when we might see it.


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