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Disc-less Netflix streaming coming to PS3 next week (US)

Submitted by on Thursday, 14 October 20102 Comments

We’ve been hearing for a long time that a fully integrated Netflix streaming app would be coming to the PlayStation 3 this October, but until now, we never had a solid date to nail down.  Well break out your hammer, because the date has been announced and is arriving very soon.

Eric Lempel, Vice President of Network Operations for SCEA, stopped by the PlayStation Blog recently, to talk about the new Netflix app and let PS3 owners know when we can expect to see it.

The video below will tell you everything you need to know but we’ll give you a quick overview of the contents.  The app is coming this Monday, October 18, and can be found under the video icon and the what’s new section in the XMB.  With it comes everything you expect, like the ability to browse your queue, look at recommendations, search for new movies, etc..

There’s also a few new things coming as well, like full Dolby 5.1 surround sound and 1080i playback for select titles.  Also, shortly after this announcement, Sony came out on their official Twitter feed and said that some videos would even support 1080p playback.  Nifty, eh?

A few things to note about this video.  First is the beta lettering on the app thumbnail.  Is that there because they’re only showing us the beta version, or will the full release be listed as a beta until they work some bugs out?  Also, we find it a little strange that the Netflix icon is going to magically show up under the video section on Monday.  Traditionally, adding something like that requires a firmware update.

Regardless, all questions should be answered by Monday.  Take a look at the video and let us know if you’ll be using this feature.