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How to Make Your Sony Receiver 3D Compliant November 16, 2010

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For all my surround sound needs, I use a Sony STR-DH810 7.1 reciever.  My father uses it’s little brother, the STR-DH710.  However, the flaw with these units that was always in the back of my head (even when I bought them) was that these receivers would have to be replaced if I ever upgraded my HDTV to support 3D.  I don’t have that concern anymore.

Sony released a fix for their current line of receivers on their official support site.  But what puzzled me was how can you update one of these receivers?  There are no USB, Ethernet or WiFi connections on the units, pushing data into them (I believed) would be impossible.  I was surprised by the solution.

In a blast to the past the likes of even Steven “The Woz” Wozniak did not see coming, the receivers update themselves through a pre-programed set of sound tones which have to be burned to an audio CD and played through a very specific input.  Take a look for yourself what I had to do to get mine running.

Sound tones to create programs is not unheard of.  The early Apple II, since disk drives were so expensive, would use cassette tapes (the ones your car plays) you would have to play entirely to get your program to load.  If there was a jam or error, you’d have to play it through all over again.


Enslaved DLC to bring 3D HDTV Support November 16, 2010

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has been considered by many gamers and reviewers to be the sleeper hit of October 2010.  In fact, you could probably pick it up right now from most retailers for $40US, a very fair price for a game released within the last month.  When I went to check out the official website for any DLC news I noticed that a whole DLC mission is being prepped for release revolving around the secondary character Pigsy.  What makes this DLC special is it will add 3D support to Enslaved, and it will be fully compatable with both native 3D HDTVs and 2D HDTVs using a technology called INFINICOLOR by a company called TriOviz.  Once the DLC goes live you can buy 3D glasses on TriOviz’s official website, or just use the ones that come with your 3D HDTV.

Enslaved and it’s DLC can be played on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  The DLC is coming Winter 2010.

Gran Turismo 5 Coming November 24th November 16, 2010

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I might have mentioned Gran Turismo 5’s release date in the past…yeah it didn’t happen.  Gran Turismo 5, the long awaited and much delayed PS3 racing game has been delayed until a bit later this month.

On a side note, the game is fully compatable with 3D HDTVs, if you have such a system in place.  Pre-ordering the game at various retailers will score you an exclusive DLC car, and for each retailer it will be a different one.  Also, the previously mentioned Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition will still be sold for $100US.

Gran Turismo 5 is coming November 24th, 2010 exlcusive to the Playstation 3.