Wired: The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the final specification for 3D versions of Blu-ray, and there’s good news for PS3 owners and those of us with large collections of 2D Blu-rays.
3D discs will deliver full HD (i.e. 1080p) resolution to each eye, and will do so using a codec supported by all current Blu-ray players. That means that the new discs will be backwards compatible – you’ll be able to play 3D discs in 2D Blu-ray players and still get 1080p resolution.
Film buffs who have upgraded their collection from the non-compatible DVD to Blu-ray disc will therefore not face another expensive upgrade in the near future.
Sony has now confirmed that 2D discs will also work in 3D Blu-ray players. The announcement brought good news for gamers too, confirming that 3D Blu-ray content will be compatible with the Sony PlayStation 3.
The Blu-ray Association has already stated that 3D Blu-ray products will play on any compatible 3D screen, whether LCD, plasma or something else.
Along with the 3D film content, the specification will allow content providers to create 3D graphic menus and 3D subtitles. The complete spec will now be available to manufacturers and content providers, so we can expect an array of 3D Blu-ray announcements next year.