updated 09:20 am EST, Wed February 10, 2010
Sony BDP-S470 to support 3D, iPod remote
Sony today touted a pair of firsts in a new Blu-ray player. The BDP-S470 is its first player explicitly labeled as 3D capable and will show the format in 1080p with a firmware upgrade due to arrive in the summer. It's also one of the first that can be controlled through an iPhone or iPod touch: a recently launched BD Remote app (free, App Store) not only provides basic control but will show related content for a given movie.
The S470 shares some of the same "monolithic" design as Sony's 2010 HDTVs and supports the full BD-Live feature set, albeit only though Ethernet out of the box (a USB Wi-Fi adapter is available). It can upscale to 1080p and supports both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for 7.1-channel surround, with USB providing direct music, photo and video playback in addition the wireless option.
Sony officially plans for the S470 to ship in February for $200, though its own website has the player shipping March 18th.
Three other Blu-ray player and home theater systems introduced at CES should also get the 3D firmware upgrade and include the BDP-S570, which has improved noise reduction and builds in Wi-Fi alongside support for iPhone remote control. The two qualifying combo systems, the BDV-E770W and E570, include 1000W 5.1-channel surround sound speakers as well as bundled USB Wi-Fi adapters, BD-Live and iPhone support, and support for Sony's S-AIR wireless audio systems. The E770V has a wireless S-AIR speaker in the box where the E570 leaves it as an option.
The S570 should ship in February for $250, while the E770V and E570 are slated for March at prices of $650 and $550.