PlayStation 3 will be ready for 3D by October

Sony also demonstrated a 3D Vaio laptop

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PlayStation 3 owners will finally be able to watch movies in 3D by October, Sony CEO Howard Stringer promised during his speech Wednesday at the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) trade show in Berlin.

The work on the 3D software upgrade is now complete, and the upgrade will be done by October, according to Stringer. Users who have a 3D-compatible TV set and PlayStation 3 will be able to watch 3D movies on Blu-ray discs, Stringer said.

Just like the PlayStation 3 gave the Blu-ray format a push, it may now do the same for 3D content and hardware.

PlayStation 3 wasn't the only 3D-compatible product that Stringer spoke of during his speech. Sony continues to work on Vaio laptops with 3D screens. At the show, Sony demonstrated a prototype that can produce 240 frames per second and uses the same active shutter technology, which means users need glasses to see the 3D effect. The first products will arrive next spring, according to Stringer.

For users who want a bigger picture than most TV sets are capable of producing, Sony also announced its first 3D home projector. The VPL-VW90ES will be able to project 3D in 1080p, according to Sony, and will be available across Europe in November.

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