BBC iPlayer on PS3 gets a makeover, higher quality video and 1080p UI

ps3_blog_01_600The version of iPlayer optimized for the PlayStation 3 has been given a major update that delivers improved video quality and a User Interface designed for High Definition televisions that operate up to 1080p.

That explains why Sony’s recent advertising blitz for the games console is pushing the Beeb’s UK-only TV catch-up service pretty hard, along with the company’s own video download service that only recently launched this side of the pond.

See also: 10 feet away: YouTube lands on PS3 and Wii

Writing on the broadcaster’s official ‘Internet’ blog, the BBC’s Anthony Rose explains that the latest PS3 firmware update offers improved Flash player support, which not only enables H.264 playback but also takes advantage of hardware acceleration when in full screen mode. The result, says Rose, is that the BBC is now able to provide “an iPlayer on PS3 with brilliant video quality – almost as good as broadcast television!”.

The newest PS3 firmware also sees iPlayer appear an an option directly within the game console’s cross-media bar (see screenshot above), “giving easy one-click access”.

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One Response to “BBC iPlayer on PS3 gets a makeover, higher quality video and 1080p UI”

  1. Mark says:

    I'm surprised they've not added the 'PS3 friendly' YouTube link under the TV menu, as well.

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