Sony’s First 3D Ready Blu-ray Players Ship This Month 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Sony has announced that their first 3D ready Blu-ray players will be available at the end of February, and for a surprisingly reasonable price.  Two Sony 3D Blu-ray players will be hitting shelves this February; the $200 BDP-S470 and its $250 big brother, the BDP-S570 will both be available at the end of the month. 

Both players are 3D Blu-ray ready which means that they can’t play 3D content out of the box, but they will soon. A firmware update will be released this spring which will allow both players to play back 3D Blu-ray movies, but Sony’s a bit scant on the details.  Their press release doesn’t say anything about which HDMI specification the players will use, nor does it way whether the players will be able to show 3D in full 1080p.

Both the 470 and 570 can be used to watch normal Blu-ray discs at 1080p output and view Sony internet video.  The BDP-S570 has the added advantage of built in WiFi and Sony’s IP Content Noise Reduction feature, designed to clean up streaming video feeds.

If these players end up using HDMI 1.3 it does raise the question of the PS3.  It’s already been announced that Sony’s game system will get a 3D firmware update sometime this year.  Perhaps the BDP-S470 should be billed as Sony’s first standalone 3D Blu-ray player.

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