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  • Blu ray 3D™ disc playback

    • Watch movies in glorious stereoscopic 3D on your PS3 system.

      The PS3 system can play 3D content on Blu-ray 3D™ discs.

      Note:

      • Depending on the content, some elements, such as menus and subtitles, may be displayed differently in 3D on the PS3 system than on other playback devices.
      • Depending on the content, some BD-J features may not play in 3D or may not function properly on the PS3 system.
      • When Dolby TrueHD is selected as the audio output format under Audio Output Settings, the audio is output in the Dolby Digital format.
      • When DTS-HD is selected as the audio output format under Audio Output Settings, the audio is output in the DTS format.

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  • Stereoscopic 3D frequently asked questions

    • Understand the basics of this exciting new way to experience games on your PS3.

      How does the 3D technology work?
      3D relies on the fact that you are seeing two slightly different images at the same time, the difference between these giving you the perception of depth. For 3D, the TV uses a high refresh rate to display alternate full screen images for the left and right eye. These are then synchronised to the 3D glasses to give a good 3D experience. Visit sony.co.uk to find out more.

      How can I check that 3D will work for me?
      If you have any concerns about whether 3D will work for you, visit your local Sony centre and try it out. Go to sony.co.uk to find your nearest Sony centre.

      What do I need to play 3D game content using my PlayStation 3?
      In order to play 3D games on your PS3, you will need the following:

      • A TV capable of displaying 3D images, such as a BRAVIA® 3D TV from Sony.
      • Active Shutter Glasses for Sony brand TVs or polarised glasses for other brands which sync with the TV you've got.
      • 3D game content available on your PS3.
      • PS3 system software update 3.30 or later installed.

      You also need to make sure you are using the correct cable to connect the TV to the PS3 system and this is most likely to be an HDMI cable.

      Where can I obtain 3D games from to play on my PS3?
      Visit PlayStation Store now to download the 3D Collection game pack, which features 3D versions of Super Stardust HDPainWipEout HD and a demo for MotorStorm Pacific Rift, all playable in amazing 3D. Look out for more 3D games for PS3 available from all good retailers where you see this logo.

      Can I play 3D content on my PS3 using a 3D computer monitor rather than a TV?
      No, a 3D TV and appropriate glasses are required to play 3D content on PlayStation 3.

      Why do I require glasses to enjoy 3D content on my PS3?
      For TV and gaming you need a wide viewing angle and this is not currently possible without glasses.

      Adding the 3D glasses on top of standard glasses isn't very good; would it be one day possible to combine them?
      We are constantly looking into the design of 3D glasses to make them slimmer, lighter and more comfortable for all users.

      I already have 3D glasses from the cinema; can I use these with a 3D TV?
      These will not work with Sony TVs. However, they may be compatible with TVs by other manufacturers.

      Can I play 3D games even if I don't have a 3D TV?
      Yes, 3D games will play on a 3D or non-3D TV as long as you select the correct setting from the in-game options. In this case, the games will not be viewable in 3D, and will play as standard games instead.

      Do I have to be exactly in front of the TV to view 3D or can I be a little bit on the side?
      With 3D active glasses, you can be off centre as there is about a 120 degree range and the glasses will work up to 10 metres away from the screen. Polarised lenses, such as the ones used in cinemas, are less flexible and so the further to the side you move from the TV screen, the less 3D effect you will see.

      When will it be possible to play 3D Blu-ray Disc movies on PlayStation 3?
      The PS3 system software will be updated later in 2010 to support playback of 3D movies on PS3.

      Where can I find out more about 3D TV technology and how it works?
      Visit sony.co.uk to discover the 3D world created by Sony.


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  • Update your PS3 using Automatic Update

    • [Automatic Update] is a feature under Settings > [System Settings] that can be used by PlayStation Plus members.

      Trophy synchronisation, game update data, video files and the latest system software update data can be automatically downloaded and installed according to the time period you set. This feature is exclusively for use by PlayStation Plus members.

      On: Set to use the automatic update feature.
      Off: Set to not use the automatic update feature.

      • After selecting [On], use the directional buttons to select the time period during which you want the system to automatically download the content. If required, follow the on-screen instructions to confirm settings for automatic login to your system under Users and automatic sign-in to your PlayStation Network account.
      • This feature can be used on only one PS3 system per PlayStation Network account. When this feature is set to [On] and [Automatic Update] has already been set on another PS3 system using the same PSN account, the setting on the other PS3 system will automatically be set to [Off].
      • The PS3 system must be in standby mode (power indicator is lit solid red) during the time period when you want the system to automatically download the content.
      • System software update data will be downloaded automatically but not installed. You must install the system software update data manually.
      • The PlayStation Plus icon is displayed for content that has been automatically downloaded. Any content that has been automatically downloaded and installed but has not been used will be automatically deleted after one month.
      • Automatic Update will not be performed if the amount of free space on your system's hard disk is less than 5GB.

      Note:

      • For individual games, select [Yes] when the [Upload saved data to online storage] option appears the first time you load a new game. This option cannot be set up from the [Automatic Update] setting.

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  • Using Online Storage for game data

    • [Online Storage] is a feature under Game > [Saved Data Utility (PS3™)] .

      You can store PlayStation 3 format software saved data on a PlayStation Network server and download it to another PlayStation 3 system to continue playing your game. To use this feature you must have a PlayStation Network account and be a PlayStation Plus member.

      • The maximum available storage capacity for one PlayStation Network account is 150 MB. The maximum number of saved data items that can be stored with one PlayStation Network account is 1,000.
      • Saved data that is not for PlayStation 3 format software cannot be stored.

      Copy-protected saved data is handled as follows.

      Uploading to online storage: Can be done at any time.

      Downloading saved data from online storage: Once saved data that is copy-protected is uploaded to or downloaded from online storage, you must wait at least 24 hours before downloading the same data again.

      You cannot use Online Storage for some games.

      Saved Data Auto-Upload

      You can store new and recently updated saved data for PlayStation 3 format software in Online Storage automatically on a regular basis.

      This feature is exclusively for use by PlayStation Plus members.

      1. Set [Automatic Update] to [On]. To make this setting, go to Settings >  [System Settings] > [Automatic Update].

      2. Under Game, select the game for which you want to automatically upload saved data, and then press the Triangle button.

      3.  Select [Saved Data Auto-Upload] and set it to [On].

      Note: You must set this feature for each individual game.

      Uploading saved data for PS3 format software to online storage manually

      1. Select Game > [Saved Data Utility (PS3™)] , select the data you want to upload, and then press the Triangle button.

      2. Select [Copy].

      3. Select [Online Storage] as the save destination.

      Downloading saved data from online storage to the PS3 system

      1. Select Game > [Saved Data Utility (PS3™)], and then select [Online Storage].

      2. Select the saved data you want to download, and then press the Triangle button.

      3. Select [Copy].


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  • Automatic trophy synchronization

  • Online Storage for Game Saves frequently asked questions

    • Everything you need to know about backing up your game save data on your PS3 using Online Storage.

      What is Online Storage?
      Online Storage was made available following the release of PS3 system software update 3.60 on 10 March 2011.

      Anyone with a valid current PlayStation Plus membership can use the service to store PS3 format software saved data online. In turn, members can access this data on another PlayStation 3 system, sign in with their PlayStation Network account, download the latest save and continue playing their game.

      What do I need to access Online Storage?
      To use this feature you must have a PlayStation Network account and an active PlayStation Plus membership. You will also need a wired or Wireless Internet connection.

      How much data can I store using Online Storage?
      The maximum available storage capacity for one PlayStation Plus member is 150MB. The maximum number of saved data items that can be stored with one PlayStation Plus membership is 1,000.

      What types of data can I store using Online Storage?
      You can store only PS3 game save data using Online Storage. Saved data that is not for PlayStation 3 format software cannot be stored.

      Can I store copy-protected data using Online Storage?
      If a developer has chosen to use the PlayStation 3 system saved data copy protection on their game saves, PS Plus members will still be able to save them with Online Storage and use them in the same way as other game saves. However, there will be a 24 hour period after saving before they can access the data on any PS3.

      If my PlayStation Plus membership expires, can I still use Online Storage?
      If you stop your PlayStation Plus membership, you will not be able to access Online Storage.

      Are there any restrictions to accessing Online Storage from different countries?
      No.

      Can I back up full games using Online Storage?
      No.

      Is there a limit to the number of PS3 systems I can access Online Storage from?
      No.

      Can I save PSP game data using Online Storage?
      No, this is just for PS3 game save data at this time.

      Can I back up data stored from a memory device connected to my PS3?
      No.

      Once backed up, how long will data be stored for?
      Save data will remain for as long as you have a valid PlayStation Plus membership.

      Can I access Online Storage in-game?
      No, accessing the Online Storage is not possible from the in-game XMB (XrossMediaBar) Menu

      Can I set up my PS3 so it automatically backs up data or do I need to do this manually on a game by game basis?
      You will need to do this manually for each game save.

      How can I check how much storage space is left for me to use?
      On the XMB Menu, go to Game > [Saved Data Utility (PS3™)] > [Online Storage] to view how much storage you have remaining.

      Can I buy additional storage space if I use up the full 150MB available for Online Storage?
      This feature is not currently available.

      Are there any PS3 games that do not support Online Storage?
      No, there are currently no PS3 games in the SCEE region that do not support this feature.


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  • Subscribe to PlayStation Plus

    • You can purchase a one-year or 90-day membership to PlayStation Plus from PlayStation Store.

      Follow our step-by-step guide to start getting more from your PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Plus.

      1. Create a PlayStation Network account.

      If you do not have a PlayStation Network account already, go to [Sign Up for PlayStation®Network] on the PS3 system's XMB (XrossMediaBar) under PlayStation®Network or visit eu.playstation.com/registration to create a new account.

      To purchase PlayStation Plus you must have a Master Account and be over 18.

      2. Visit PlayStation Store via your PS3 system.

      Visit the PlayStation Plus section on PlayStation Store and you will be able to purchase either a one-year or 90-day membership. This section shows you which content is available for download as well as the membership packages themselves. Check back regularly to find out the latest content available.

      3. Select and purchase.

      Select the PlayStation Plus membership you wish to purchase.

      Note:

      • In order to purchase PlayStation Plus, your PS3 system must be running system software version 3.40 or later. System software update 3.40 is available from 29 June 2010.
      • For your convenience, PlayStation Plus automatically renews itself and you can terminate this membership renewal at any time.
      • When you join PlayStation Plus using a Master Account, Automatic Funding for that Master Account will automatically be set to [On].
      • If, on the renewal date Automatic Funding is set to [On], your payment method is registered with us and your wallet does not have enough funds to cover the membership charge, your wallet will be funded automatically from your registered payment method with the greater of the minimum top-up amount or the renewal cost. 
      • Funds added to the wallet are non-refundable. 
      • You can switch Automatic Funding to [Off] at any time after purchase via PlayStation Network Account Management.
      • If the credit card is not registered, the wallet does not have enough funds or [Automatic Funding] has been turned off, your PlayStation Plus membership may not be renewed.

      For further details, refer to the Terms of Service and User Agreement.


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  • PlayStation Plus membership

    • PlayStation Plus is a subscription service package available on PlayStation Network.

      What is PlayStation Plus?

      PlayStation Plus is a subscription service package that provides a series of added features to PlayStation Network. Membership to this service can be purchased from PlayStation Store. As a PlayStation Plus member, you can enjoy the following services:

      • Exclusive access to PSN, minis and PS one games each month.
      • Exclusive PlayStation Store discounts each month.
      • Exclusive access to premium avatars and dynamic themes.
      • Early and priority access to game demos and beta trials.
      • Full Game Trial: try full games for a limited time before you buy them.
      • Automatic Update: set your PS3 system to automatically download system software, game updates and more, directly to your PS3.

      Note:

      • Content and types of services available for PlayStation Plus members vary depending on the country or region where the PlayStation Network account is registered. For details, visit eu.playstation.com/playstationplus.
      • For details about the Automatic Update feature, view the guide Update your PS3 using Automatic Download.

      Signing up to PlayStation Plus

      You can purchase membership to PlayStation Plus from PlayStation Store in the same way as you purchase content. After you purchase membership, the PlayStation®Plus icon will be displayed next to your avatar in the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) menu. Icons will also be displayed for features or content exclusive to PlayStation Plus members.


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  • PlayStation Plus frequently asked questions

    • All you need to know about the premium membership that lets you get even more from your PlayStation 3.

      Become a member of PlayStation Plus and enjoy loads of games and content from PlayStation Store, plus exclusive access to premium PlayStation Network features.

      What is PlayStation Plus?
      PlayStation Plus is a service that enhances your existing free PlayStation Network account. When you become a member of PlayStation Plus, you will have access to premium gaming features and special offers via PlayStation Store.

      What does PlayStation Plus include?
      PlayStation Plus includes premium gaming features such as Full Game Trials and Automatic Update, which allows you to automatically sync your trophies, receive the latest system software, download game updates and more. PlayStation Plus also includes PlayStation Store special offers, such as game downloads, discounts, early access to demos and beta trials and other exclusive goodies.

      What are PlayStation Plus special offers?
      PlayStation Plus games & special offers include PSN games, minis and PS one classics, game add-ons, premium avatars and dynamic themes to download each month.  Members also get exclusive PlayStation Store discounts and early/exclusive access to selected demos and beta trials.

      What is Full Game Trial?
      Full Game Trial lets you download the full version of a game to play on a trial basis at no extra cost for a limited period of time. Your progress will be saved and the trophies you earn will be unlocked if you purchase the game after the trial period. The length of playable time and duration after download varies on a game-by-game basis and will be specified at the time of download.

      When the designated trial period has expired, the content is no longer available for play. To continue playing, select the full game and purchase it. Your progress from the Full Game Trial will be saved and any trophies you have earned during your trial will be unlocked after purchase.

      What is Automatic Update?
      When Automatic Update is activated, system software updates and game updates will be automatically downloaded to your PlayStation 3 system, so they're ready and waiting for you when you next use your PS3. Your game trophies will also automatically synchronise and save to PlayStation Network.To activate Automatic Update, visit Settings > [System Settings] on the PlayStation 3 system's XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu.

      How much does PlayStation Plus membership cost?
      PlayStation Plus costs £39.99 for a one-year membership and £11.99 for a 90-day membership or €49.99 for a one-year membership and €14.99 for a 90-day membership.

      Does PlayStation Plus have an age limit?
      You must be at least 18 years old to purchase PlayStation Plus membership.

      Can I transfer PlayStation Plus membership to another account, including a Sub Account?    
      No. Once the PlayStation Plus membership has been purchased, it can not be transferred to any other account.

      Does my PlayStation Plus account work on my PlayStation 3 system and my PSP system?    
      Yes. One PlayStation Plus account will be compatible with both your PlayStation 3 and PSP. Downloaded content can be used on both your PS3 and PSP, provided the content is already compatible with each system.

      Although PlayStation Plus members have access to select special offers on PSP, PlayStation Plus can not be joined from either PlayStation Store on PSP or Media Go. Full Game Trial and Automatic Update are not available on PSP.

      Can I use PlayStation Network Cards to pay for PlayStation Plus membership?
      Yes, any payment methods approved for purchasing content from PlayStation Store can be used to join PlayStation Plus.

      Do I need to register a credit card to become a member of PlayStation Plus?
      It is not necessary to register a credit card to become a member of PlayStation Plus, although we recommend that you do so to take advantage of automatic renewal.

      What is the cancellation policy for PlayStation Plus?
      You can cancel your membership renewal at any time via PlayStation Network Account Management or by calling customer services. Unless otherwise provided by local law, cancellations will take effect at the end of the current membership period and you will not receive any refund of membership charges already paid.

      What happens if I accidentally delete the PlayStation Plus content on my system?
      In most cases, if the content is still available for download, you can re-download it. A Full Game Trial, however, may only be downloaded once.

      Can I re-download PlayStation Plus content?
      In most cases, if the content is still available for download, you can re-download it. A Full Game Trial, however, may only be downloaded once.


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  • Introducing adhocParty

    • Connect to PSP systems via your PS3 with this free software download from PlayStation Store.

      Lots of PSP software titles feature Ad Hoc Mode, which allows two or more players – each with a copy of the same title – to play together or share content via a Wireless connection between their PSP systems.

      The adhocParty application extends this mode in two key areas:

      Players don't need to be in the same room as each other
      You can connect your PSP system to another PSP system, using your PlayStation 3 system as a server to bridge the geographical divide.

      This means that you can make the most of the Ad Hoc Mode functions in some of your favourite software titles even when none of your friends or fellow players are close by.

      Simply connect your PSP system to a broadband Internet-enabled PlayStation 3 system via a Wireless network connection, then access adhocParty to find other players who want to play the same game as you.

      adhocParty on PS3 acts like a communication platform
      Players can create houses where they can chat, via voice and text, before, during and after playing together.

      You can enjoy text or voice chat with other players via the virtual keyboard, a USB keyboard, a USB or Bluetooth Headset or the microphone of a PlayStation Eye camera. For more information on setting up a peripheral, please refer to the instruction manual supplied with the peripheral.

      In lobbies and rooms, you will be represented on-screen by a cute avatar marked with your PlayStation Network Online ID. In addition to text and voice chat, you can also communicate via a series of on-screen avatar actions. Press and hold the Square button to display the avatar action controls, then use the left stick to perform an action.

      Note:

      • adhocParty does not support online play via Infrastructure Mode. To find out how to access a title's Infrastructure Mode functions, please refer to the software instruction manual supplied with the title. Not all titles support Infrastructure Mode
      • Some PSP software titles that support Ad Hoc Mode may perform differently with adhocParty or may not perform properly

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