Sony's gaming console doubles as the market's best Blu-ray Disc solution
PlayStation 3 to become an even better Blu-ray Disc player with upcoming firmware update

Further cementing its reputation for being the most capable and versatile Blu-ray Disc player on the market, an upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update will introduce DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio support to the console.

“PS3 was designed to enable delivery of new and improved technologies like DTS-HD Master Audio,” said Teiji Yutaka, SVP of Software Platform Development at SCE. “So we are delighted to be able to offer this capability to PS3 users.”

Like PCM and Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA can deliver audio presentation that are bit-for-bit identical to the original studio master. According to the press release, DTS-HD MA has the capacity to deliver audio at the incredibly high variable rate of 24.5 Mbps on Blu-ray disc, a rate significantly higher than standard DVDs. DTS-HD MA also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths.

Although DTS-HD MA isn’t as commonly used in high-definition movies as Dolby’s TrueHD scheme, the added support from PlayStation 3 could change things. Fox Home Entertainment has been one of the strongest supporters of the DTS format, releasing such titles as Live Free or Die Hard and Juno with DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtracks.

Should 50 GB be insufficient room for a lossless audio track, the option exists for DTS-HD High Resolution Audio lossy track which 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. 

“We are extremely pleased that Sony Computer Entertainment is adding the full spectrum premium DTS-HD Master Audio codec into the PS3 so that more than 10 million owners of one of the best selling computer entertainment systems can have the best sounding, most efficient and flexible audio technology available as well,” said Brian Towne, SVP and GM Consumer Division at DTS. “DTS-HD Master Audio is fast becoming the must-have feature for high definition entertainment enthusiasts.”

The PS3 firmware, numbered version 2.30, is slated for release on April 15. The new firmware will also enable access to a newly renovated PlayStation Store.

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