The PlayStation 3 has a very handy feature which allows you to stretch the image of 4×3 DVDs so it has a widescreen appearance.
Every week more people by media content digitally but many of us have a vast library of DVDs that we still want to watch. Older TV programmes were recorded in a 4×3 aspect ratio. If you watch a 4×3 DVD on a HDTV it only fills a square area in the middle of the screen leaving large areas of empty space which can look awkward. You can change a setting on your PS3 so it stretches the image horizontally. There is a degree of distortion but overall the image appears better.
To make a 4×3 DVD display in a widescreen mode:
1) On the XMB go to Settings.
2) Go to Video Settings.
3) Go to BD/DVD – Upscaler and select Full Screen.