Sony’s PS3 has joined the ranks of the AppleTV, XBox 360, and numerous media extenders from companies such as Linksys and Netgear, in trying to solve the “last 100 feet” problem. A new firmware update to Sony’s next generation game console adds media extender capabilities, so that content stored on a Vista compatible PC (or any DLNA-supported device, including Macs) can be streamed to the PS3.
According to the release, the update also enables:
- Upscaling of PlayStation / PlayStation 2 games and DVD movies up to a full 1080p when viewed on a compatible HDTV set.
- Access to PS3 stored media from a PSP via the Internet (not just a local WiFi network).
- Printing of digital photos stored on a PS3s hard drive or inserted storage media. Currently, select Epson printers connected via USB are compatible. In addition, users will find a new type of slideshow for displaying photos, zoom functionality and the option to crop images.
Pretty impressive stuff, especially accessing PS3 content from a PSP connected to the net. Welcome to the last100 Sony!