PS3 Store update wired for sound

Latest firmware adds DTS-HD Audio features in addition to a redesigned PlayStation Store. Sony Japan hints D-Day will be April 15.

Next week's planned update to the PlayStation 3 will bring with it not only the revamped PlayStation Store, but also DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio for Blu-ray movies.

The PlayStation Store has not received any new content or updates since work was announced to be underway on a redesign to overhaul the navigation and interface.

After the revamped Store front goes live, users logging on will be prompted to download the firmware 2.30 update so that they can access the new service. An exact date has yet to be confirmed by either Sony Europe or Sony America, but according to a statement from Sony Japan, it's all going down on April 15.

Sony America has announced today that the next firmware update will also add high-definition audio features for Blu-ray movies. DTS stands for Digital Theater System and is a multichannel, digital surround-sound format. DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless codec that delivers sound to movie fans at 24.5 megabits per second, a rate that Sony asserts is "significantly higher than standard DVDs."

DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an optional surround-sound format for Blu-ray, and when loaded will stream explosions, speech, and everything else at a constant bit rate of 6.0 Mbps. It is capable of up to 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24-bit depth resolution.

Over 100 Blu-ray movies, including some concert videos, currently support DTS-HD Master Audio. These include Night at the Museum, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and I, Robot.

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erichv
erichv

We can only guess that Sony is attempting to self destruct the PS3. I turned on my PS3 tonight "4/19/08" and I was FORCED to download and install 3, count 'em 3 separate updates just to play Warhawk. This took over an hour and is using untold space on my hard drive so I can, what was it again, oh yes, play neato looking blow-ray movies at nifty even higher (Yes, now I can see more sweat beads!) resolution. Yes, once again Sony is simply a company that believes that constantly updating your GAME MACHINE with pointless updates is more fun then playing Unreal or COD 4. You know, when you turn on an old Sega Genesis or N64, does everybody know what happens? Yes, a totally amazing thing happens. YOU PLAY A GAME! Like right away too. A PS3 is a gaming system, it is not Windows Vista. It is not a computer, it is not a blew-ray it is a machine specifically designed to PLAY GAMES! Yes indeed, I blew-ray $499.00 on a update machine. That is awesome. Now I have to go out and buy a game machine cause I apparently no longer have one. And to top all this off, here is a direct quote from Sony Computer Entertainment executive Ray Maguire: "...ten years from now the ratio of games sales will have gone from 90 per cent in-store to 90 per cent online." Yes, Sony's brilliant marketing strategies will certainly point game developers in the direction of smaller sized, less complicated, less graphic games. Apparently the morons at Sony all have zillions of dollars and super fast internet hookups, not to mention extra super big hard drives on their Sony PS3s so they can download a 55 gig game like "Resistance: Fall Of Man" in 20 seconds onto their amazing PS3s. Not too mention, future games on the PS3 will be using 100GB and 200GB technology with 4 or 8 blow-ray layers for even bigger games. So I can only guess that we will all be looking forward to downloading amazing games like a remake of "Lolo 3" or "Sonic Spinball" because, (pay attention Sony dorks) it may be the only game that can A: Be downloaded in less then a week, and B: Will fit on an 80gig hard drive. Hey, maybe I can hook up like 8 USB drives to my GAME MACHINE in my living room so I can make life easy for multi-billion dollar companies who release they systems uncomplete with big plans to waste everybody's GAME TIME with their fixes disguised as "free updates".

MylesTDV
MylesTDV

FstrthnU, please take the Wii's Wii out of your mouth.

koolman01
koolman01

yo Prophet2b you know what ur talking about man and i like that man

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

PSN needs content FAST my ps3 is more a dust trap than anything else and would like to see that change .

Serious
Serious

I have been enjoying HDTV under a year now. The only thing missing from my system is a great sound system. I've been very cautious about this purchase. Now the PS3 will provide better sound so I will definitely be increasing my search for a good speaker system. :)

thestickman
thestickman

Neato. Can't wait to see how the revamped Store is :D

darkride66
darkride66

xophaser said "Now I need a new HDMI receiver too, which would cost more then a PS3." You can get a Sony DG910 for about $320 off ebay. It's close, but not more.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

batman17, I have both systems. My PS3 purrs when it runs, my 360 sounds like a jet taking off. The 360 dashboard is full of superfluous junk and the PS3 interface, while flawed, is minimal and clean. There is nothing particularly special about the 360's network, and I have to pay $4 a month to get all of it. While I find them graphically the same right now, the sound is *_WAY_* better on the PS3 than the 360. Oh, and at least the PS3 HAS a browser. I mean, WTF? The guys that CREATED Internet Explorer can't port it to the 360? I probably won't get into Home, but at least it is there. I'm new to the PS3, but so far it appears to be the better system.

Teardrop000
Teardrop000

smsmith1978 Wait..... so the PSN Store was down for 2 weeks? Goes to show how many people are using it. When Xbox live was intermittently down for a week over christmas there were plenty of complaints. The PSN Store isn't "down", it just hasn't had anything added to it for the past two weeks.

Teardrop000
Teardrop000

smsmith1978 The PSN Store isn't "down", it just hasn't had anything added to it for the past two weeks.

smsmith1978
smsmith1978

Wait..... so the PSN Store was down for 2 weeks? Goes to show how many people are using it. When Xbox live was intermittently down for a week over christmas there were plenty of complaints.

FstrthnU
FstrthnU

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FstrthnU
FstrthnU

Sorry Sony and Microsoft Fanboys, the Wii beats ALL OF YOU! Just take a look at the International Sales Figures. Microsoft and Sony don't stand a chance.

batman17
batman17

Im relly getting tired of hearing all yall playstation fans talk about how the ps3 is going to be better than the xbox360. I dont know about that i mean i got both systems and to me xbox is better. If playstation wants to compete why dont they have a better network. Even the camera is whack the frame rate on it is horrible the chat is awful and the web browser come on, Even home will suck when it comes out itll be like playing phantasy star online, But who am i to jugde. Just before all yall playstation 3 fans start talking get both systems than give ur opinion.

mykel77
mykel77

I love the PS3, its a beast and its gonna be a great year. Its about quality, and the PS3 really delivers. I love all the systems, but sony really made a hardcore machine that has so many features the other systems dont.

twistedhades
twistedhades

As you have no doubt read, it has come to light that a new version of the PS3 will be made available in time for the launch of GTA IV. It is the 40GB model of the console, but it comes bundled with GTA IV. This is a big, big deal. Especially as the package doesn’t cost any more money than the unbundled version of the console. The deal is only officially announced for a UK release, but we’ve been given the tip-off that Australia will receive the deal too… in fact we’ve heard unconfirmed reports that some retailers are already promoting it. And if it is making it all the way to little ‘ol Oz, then it should hit every other major territory as well. This is a massive blow for Microsoft, who has already lowered the Xbox 360’s price point in Europe, and paid US$50 million for downloadable content in an attempt to lure the 12 million-odd PS2 owning GTA fans away from the Sony brand. Given the money and marketing that Microsoft has thrown at Rockstar, the console manufacturer may have expected to get some support back from the developer. On the contrary, Rockstar has, deliberately or not, undermined Microsoft’s chances of not only shipping a bucket-load of consoles, but potentially from coming out on top of the console wars. Make no mistake; this play by Sony is the most explosive strike yet in the ongoing war between the two console makers. We’ll probably never know whether Sony paid megabucks for this deal or not, but the facts are on the table. Sony’s most affordable version of the PS3 will come bundled with GTA IV.

twistedhades
twistedhades

finally hd dts whooo hoo uncharted will be great as well as lair and dmc4 oh plus blue-ray britch hwhahauaaaa

xophaser
xophaser

Now I need a new HDMI receiver too, which would cost more then a PS3.

audioslave69
audioslave69

its cool that thay are adding this but imo its something that it should've had when it came out since they promote it also as a bluray player.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Oh goodness. My surround system is old. It has just one optical input, and no HDMI... =(

fauljosh
fauljosh

God, I need a new surround receiever....

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Finally DTS-HD Master Audio is coming to the PS3.

Sellick
Sellick

jasonpa, I feel I gotta correct you here. The PS3 does not "downmix" to linear PCM. It decodes the new codecs instead of your amp and outputs them as lpcm. This means you are getting the full uncompressed soundtrack as it was meant to be heard. Just set your audio out option to linear PCM and with an amp like the 805 you will be in audio heaven.

Kenaue
Kenaue

"My birthday is on the 16th, so this will be a nice BD present from Sony." Pfft. My B-Day i on the 17th, so the MGO download will be the greatest gift ever.

G-Legend
G-Legend

Well some guy at Sony said 2.4 was coming in summer so if 2.3 is coming really soon that must mean 2.4 will most likely be next after that and im guessing will come around june or july...

jasonpa
jasonpa

My question is will that sound format be converted to linear pcm like Dolby True HD is. That's my question. It's nice the update will feature this audio format, my only issue with the PS3 is that it is uncapable of decoding these formats like Dolby True HD as bitstream, as that's what they are. They downmix it to linear pcm and then send it to the audio source. True HD and DTS HD are bitstream audio and no player on the market has the capabilities to mix these audio formats, only the Toshiba A-35 HD DVD, which I own, and Samsungs BD 1200 model allow the sound to be mixed by a receiver when hooked straight into the receiver via HDMI. I bought a PS3 three weeks ago only to find out later through ONKYO and Wikeapedia that it downmixes it to multichannel linear pcm. It's still lossless audio but it's not in it's true purest form. Hopefully this update will allow the PS3 to transfer the responsibilities of mixing the audio to the receiver, as I own an ONKYO 805 that supports TRUE HD and DTSHD. Even if you downmix it slightly you'll still lose some of perks of this truest all digital, high rate bitstream audio. Hopefully sony is doing this update right.

black_awpN1
black_awpN1

so its like 5 days? WOHO! They better put a Arse load of content when the new store hits to make up for the 2 week Hiatise

Roman_Irishman
Roman_Irishman

I love stuff for my home entertainment system so this is great!

4quarters
4quarters

Don't forget you get Blu-Ray to PSP download on memory stick!!!! No more buying dvd's.....

DevinB9
DevinB9

Being an audiophile, I must say that's sweet.

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

Could be. Better sound will be appreciated when playing games such as Gran Turismo. But will HOME me downloadable soon on it or did you forget about that? awesome

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

Could be awesome. Better sound will be appreciated when playing games such as Gran Turismo. But will HOME me downloadable soon on it or did you forget about that?

sstravisd
sstravisd

I don't expect they're gonna change or add something new. Just fix me the **** mp4 playback then I'll be cool.

iceveiled
iceveiled

My birthday is on the 16th, so this will be a nice BD present from Sony. :)

dmish82
dmish82

@haesuse You'll be getting: GT5 Prologue Warhawk: Operation Broken Mirror 3 Weeks worth of Rock Band DLC Call of Duty 4 Map Pack And who knows what else

seeddrmmr
seeddrmmr

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r_gam3
r_gam3

man it would have been too awesome if PS3 came with Dolby Digital True HD as STANDARD in PS3 games. meh.

Petri87
Petri87

Hopefully the store will be a bit better this time around. DTS HD isn't something i need since my 5.1 surround system doesn't support it and normal DTS is good enough when played through a optical cable. When will we get Home?

ctg867
ctg867

Yay, PS Store update on the 15th. Can't wait to check it out. Glad to see their also bringing some upgrades for the tech whores out there who want the latest and greatest. Glad to see the PS3 is still the premium out there when it comes to audio and video output quality for games and movies.

haesuse
haesuse

all good and gravy, but come on, we are all dying to know what goodies are we gonna get in 3 weeks worth of missing updates! stuff better be good and it better be enough to keep me downloading for the whole weekend :)

ChaosIncarnate
ChaosIncarnate

Well we better hope it's finished by april 15, because if they aren't updating it till it's finished we won't be getting our warhawk expansion on the 16th.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Awesome. Can't wait til Tuesday! (Hopefully not Thursday)

SonyRulzU
SonyRulzU

7.1 uncompressed will only run through the HDMI. You have to go straight to a receiver with the HDMI and the Amp has to be compatible. Look into the STRES5300, or even the STRDG910.

Proust
Proust

No more if, buts or maybe - the PS3 is the best Blu-ray player on the market. Anyone who buys a different player is just not being properly educated on the format. Soon it will be, not do you have a PS3, but how many do you have.

dmish82
dmish82

@darkride I guess the ? I have is that I have my PS3 connected to my TV via HDMI, and have an optical cable from my TV out to my 5.1 receiver. However, I couldn't get the audio to play this way, even though my last DVD player could do this. I currently have an optical cable run from my PS3 right to my receiver but I'm wondering if I could now get audio to play through the HDMI to the TV, and then sent to the receiver via the optical cable to cut down on cables and switching receiver inputs. Any ideas?