PS3 Blu-ray 3D playback now available

PlayStation 3 owners with 3D TVs can now update their game consoles to enable Blu-ray 3D playback.

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It has been a long time coming, but a firmware update is now available that enables PlayStation 3 owners to play Blu-ray 3D films.

The update was released yesterday, a day before it was expected. Upon downloading firmware version 3.50, people can watch the relatively small number of Blu-ray 3D films on their PlayStation 3 consoles attached to their 3D TVs.

However, Blu-ray 3D playback is just one component in the upgrade. In addition, Sony has added a feature that allows game developers to integrate Facebook into their titles. According to Sony, supported games will let people "access public information--including user name, profile, uploaded photos, and friends list--to enhance their gameplay experience." The company didn't say which titles support the new offering.

The PlayStation 3's firmware version 3.50 also includes a "grief reporting function." According to Sony, people can now send messages directly to the company from their XrossMediaBar (XMB) about any "inappropriate messages they receive from other PlayStation Network users."

Sony's firmware update is available as a free download from the PlayStation 3.