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Media types supported by the PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 system will support the following media formats:

  • PlayStation 3 format software with either region coding of 2 or ALL 1
  •  PlayStation 2 format software (PAL standard) - (Not supported by the PlayStation 3 (40GB) system)
  • PlayStation format software (PAL standard)
  • Audio CDs, CD-R/-RW, Super Audio CDs 2, 3
  • DVD Video with either region number 2 or ALL 1
  • DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW 1, 3
  • Blu-ray Discs (BD) containing video content with region code [B] 5, 6; 7
  • BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

When outputting DVD content or PlayStation 3 format software in SD resolution, only discs recorded in the PAL standard can be played.

  Multi-channel Super Audio CD playback requires a multi-channel audio receiver with HDMI input.

3 Playback only.

4 Playback of BD-RE ver 1.0 discs is not supported.

5 Copyright-protected Blu-ray video discs can only be output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard.

6 With the latest system update, Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 is now supported.   This allows the Picture in Picture feature to be used with some Profile 1.1-compatible Blu-ray Discs.  Features available vary depending on the disc.

7 Blu-ray Discs programmed in 1080p 24Hz are supported via the HDMI port only.  To enable this setting go to Settings > [BD/DVD Settings] > [BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)] and change this setting to [Automatic].  Note that both the display/AV amplifier (receiver) and the Blu-ray Disc in use must support 1080p 24Hz for this output to be supported.   

This model of the PlayStation 3 system is designed to play PlayStation 3 format software and has limited backward compatibility.   This system is not compatible with, and will not play, PlayStation 2 format software.  The PlayStation 3 (40GB) system also does not support the SACD format.

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