Sony promises 3D Blu-ray player by summer

Sony has announced its first 3D-ready Blu-ray disk player, along with upgrades to existing machines allowing them to play 3D movies too.

The new BDP-S470 stand-alone Blu-ray 3D-ready player will launch next month for around $200. It will be upgradeable to play Blu-ray 3D content via a firmware update available this summer.

The company is also promising 3D firmware updates for its BDP-S570, BDV-E770W and BDV-E570 Blu-ray Disc systems at the same time.

“Consumer excitement for 3D is unbelievably high and Sony is poised to deliver the best possible in-home experience,” said Chris Fawcett, vice president of Sony’s Home Division.

The players can also instantly stream content from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Slacker, Sony and more.

They also feature Sony’s Entertainment Database Browser, allowing users to browse details like actor and production information from a Blu-ray Disc and access related content.

Users with an iPhone or iPod touch can use them as a remote control for the players using a free app called BD Remote that can be downloaded from the Apple App store.

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