Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.80 Delivered Option For 21:9 Gaming?
Occasionally, we aren't aware of every last new feature a PlayStation 3 firmware update affords at the time of its release. This being the case, many believe there's at least one currently unrecognized feature in firmware 2.80, which became available for the PS3 on June 24.
When it was released, rumors began to fly that the update held something very interesting; something that would come to the forefront at a later date. Well, TheSixthAxis has a theory: it may include the option for the previously unknown capability of 21:9 gaming. The first example of a 21:9 TV was unveiled earlier this year and it's currently on store shelves if you wish to pony up the dough. Its capability to display 2560 x 1080p resolution will make those black bars disappear for good- as opposed to the standard HDTVs - and while this may not have a direct immediate impact on gaming, it'll definitely come at some point. Now, HDMI 1.3, which is the current format used in the PS3 firmware, can support the resolution, and as the article notes, "there's no reason why the PS3's OS can't too." We won't be able to confirm any of this until Sony comes forth with an official announcement, or someone with a 21:9 TV does a test session, but it's an intriguing possibility. And if this isn't the hidden feature 2.80 delivered to PS3 owners, we're still gonna wonder what it might be...
Video viewing continues to get better and better with every passing year, and although it kinda sucks that we have to make the continually expensive upgrades, we always love the beauty of awesome HD.
7/7/2009 Ben Dutka