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Sony_BDP-S470_3DSony has announced that its BDP-S470 Blu-ray player will also function as an affordable 3D player if users apply a software upgrade to the device. The BDP-S470 will then be ready to play Blu-ray 3D Disc movies on a 3D-enabled TV.

Meanwhile, the new BDP-S570 model will be fully capable of playing Blu-ray 3D without needing the software upgrade.

The players can also use Bravia Internet Video and Wi-Fi to connect to catch-up TV services like the BBC iPlayer, which will be available from March. Similarly, Lovefilm subscribers will be able to stream movies direct to their screens via the Blu-ray players.

Iphone or ipod touch users can also control their Sony home entertainment kit remotely with a free app from the Apple App Store, which is exclusive to Sony Blu-ray and Home Cinema systems.

Sony said its system was a world away from the “blurry, coloured pictures and cut-out cardboard glasses” most people associate with 3D.

“Sony uses advanced picture technology and specialist Active Shutter glasses to create incredibly realistic depth and crisp, vivid 3D images in full 1080p High Definition,” a spokesman said.

Blu-ray compatibility has also been extended to an even larger range of file types, including DivX HD and MKV formats.