Sony to give PlayStation3 firmware upgrade for 3D Blu-ray support in September

Hardcore gamers already know that Sony provided a firmware upgrade to the PlayStation3 in order to make the console support 3D games. Now the company is gearing up to take the next steps into turning the PS3 into an all-purpose 3D entertainment system.

Hardcore gamers already know that Sony provided a firmware upgrade to the PlayStation3 in order to make the console support 3D games. Now the company is gearing up to take the next steps into turning the PS3 into an all-purpose 3D entertainment system.

According to an interview with a senior director with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Sony will deliver a new firmware upgrade in September to let the PS3 play 3D Blu-ray discs. (Of course there aren't many more 3D movies on Blu-ray as there are 3D games.) But why stop there? The Sony exec also promised another upgrade to support 3D photos, which of course Sony digital cameras like the forthcoming Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 will take, though there was no time frame given for that update. And the PS3 will also handle 3D content that will start showing up on YouTube over the next year and on Sony's PlayTV service.

Having been behind the curve on so many recent tech trends, Sony has managed to be out in front with a 3D living room ecosystem (if you can afford it), hoping that its massive investment in the PS3 as more than just a gaming console will be able to fend off any encroachment from Google TV and a perhaps reinvigorated AppleTV. Will all of the PlayStation 3's 3D features give it the edge?