PS3 Gets DTS-HD 7.1 Audio Capabilities

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Another huge update to the PS3 is upon us. DTS-HD 7.1 audio has now been added and the new PSN Store is revamped. It’s nice to be able to download these updates over the net. I feel bad for the early stand-alone Blu-Ray adopters. Here’s the full release from Sony:

SCEA Announces Details of PS3 Firmware (v2.30)

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system
software update for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system, slated for release next
week, will add DTS-HD Master Audio™ and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, enabling
consumers to enjoy Blu-ray movies with studio-quality, high-definition audio. The
technologies, from DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTSI), provide PS3 users with the complete
high-definition Blu-ray movie experience, matching the format’s crisp visuals
with rich, lifelike sound. In addition to the new audio capabilities, the free
system software update (v. 2.30) will allow PS3 owners to access the revamped
PLAYSTATION®Store, as previously announced.

DTS-HD Master Audio brings Blu-ray movies on PS3 to life, delivering everything from
explosive sound effects to intricate orchestral scores with pure, high-quality audio
that is bit-for-bit identical to the original studio master. DTS-HD Master Audio has
the capacity to deliver audio at the incredibly high variable rate of 24.5 mega-bits
per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, a rate significantly higher than standard DVDs.
DTS-HD Master Audio also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit
depths. More than 100 Blu-ray movies and concert videos featuring premium DTS-HD
Master Audio soundtracks are available.

Additionally, the DTS-HD High Resolution Audio codec allows content creators to
deliver uncompromised, high-definition audio on Blu-ray, while requiring less disc
space than DTS-HD Master Audio. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio streams audio at a high
constant bit rate of 6.0 Mbps on Blu-ray discs, and is also capable of up to 7.1
audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depth resolution, thereby producing
outstanding sound quality.

Beyond enhancing PS3’s audio capabilities, installing the latest system
software update will also enable users to seamlessly access the new, more dynamic
interface and enhanced navigation of the PLAYSTATION Store. As part of a revamp, the
PLAYSTATION Store will transition from an integrated online storefront to an
application living natively on PS3, enabling customers to more easily and quickly
locate and purchase games, and download demos, game videos, Blu-ray movie trailers
and other game-related content for PS3.

These updates further demonstrate how the future-proof PS3 continues to evolve as a
gaming and home entertainment system with the flexibility to deliver the newest
technology innovations without requiring further investment from consumers. For
additional details and instructions on how to update the PS3 system software, please

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