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
“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.