Video game

At the North American launch the console had 14 titles and at the end of the year 3 more games were released, after the first week of sales, it is confirmed that Insomniac Games Resistance: Fall of Man is the best-selling game at the premiere from North America The game was praised by numerous videogame websites, including Gamespot and IGN, both rewarded the game as the best PlayStation 3 title for 2006. Some titles did not appear at the launch and were delayed until early 2007, such as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, FEAR and Sonic the Hedgehog. During the Japanese release, Ridge Racer 7 was the best-selling game, meanwhile Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire also sold well; both of which were offered by Namco Bandai.

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Stereoscopic 3D

In December 2008, the technology director of Blitz Games announced that he would take 3D stereoscopic games and watch movies for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with proprietary technology. This technology was first demonstrated in public on PS3 in January 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Journalists showed Wipeout HD and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in 3D as a demonstration of how technology can work if implemented in the future. Software update system 3.30 of the PS3 has prepared for stereoscopic 3D games, while preparing for 3.50 3D movies. Firmware update 3.30 for PS3 titles officially allows it to be played in 3D, which requires a compatible screen for use. While the game itself has to be programmed to take advantage of 3D technology, titles can be connected to add functionality retroactively. The titles with these patches are Wipeout HD, Pain and Super Stardust HD.

Multimedia

One of the sales incentives of the PlayStation 3 is its multimedia capabilities. The PlayStation 3 can play music on CD or play DVD movies or high definition movies stored in the Blu-Ray format. The console can also play other disc formats. Apart from playing optical media, the console can connect some multimedia devices such as MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones, etc., all this thanks to its USB 2.0 ports. Multimedia content stored on the PlayStation 3 can be shared on the PSP portable console. By having a hard disk on the PlayStation 3, you can record videos, TV shows or store some content downloaded from the PlayStation Network.

PlayStation 3 System Software

PlayStation 3 System Software is the update software for the PlayStation 3 operating system. The update process is similar to the firmware updates for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The updates can be downloaded directly from the PlayStation Network to the PS3 and then installed, although it is also possible to download updates on a PC from the official PlayStation Network page and save it on an external memory media (for example, a flash drive) to, subsequently, pass that data to the console via USB port.

Version 2.00, was released on November 8, 2007 and adds the ability to customize the XMB using themes, supports the DualShock 3 controller, the ability to create custom playlists of music and photos; add more options to group XMB content with tabs, and the remote ability to disable the PSP from the PS3. The 2.01 version was released on November 19, 2007 and fixes some of the issues of PS3 stability in the network connection and fixes some problems with the remote control. Version 2.10, was released on December 18, 2007. In this update the PS3 was made compatible with the Blu-ray 1.1 profile, a new music visualization was added, the ability to change the tone of voice in Console chat, and support for DivX, XviD, and VC-1 (WMV) codecs is added.

Version 2.20, released on March 25, 2008, is an important update, which made the PS3 compatible with the Blu-ray 2.0 profile. Before the update, version 2.17, was released on March 13, 2008 and some features are minor bug fixes. The software version is version 2.80, which brought as a main feature a greater fluidity of the console menu while you are playing, among minor changes of stability, from version 3.50 added support for Blu-ray 3D. Currently it is version 4.84.

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