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The new PlayStation Store is faster and easier to navigate  (Source: SCEA)
PlayStation Store vastly improved, PS3 now and even better Blu-ray Disc player

As promised by Sony late last month, the PlayStation Store revamp is now here. PlayStation 3 users who check for a network update will find that firmware version 2.30 is available.

For gamers, the most immediately appreciable improvement in the new software is support for the redesigned PlayStation Store, which drops its web browser foundation in favor of a locally viewable but still online required version. The result of this change is much quicker browsing speeds, which are now more comparable to Xbox Live Marketplace rather than a slow website. A video walkthrough of the new store is available on the official PlayStation Blog.

Early PS3 owners who installed the update reported that the store would occasionally fail to load images, instead displaying only a “missing image” placeholder. Some have been able to fix the problem by clearing the PS3 web browser cache, though various loading errors on the store could be due to the PlayStation Network’s heavy strain from the masses of updates.

The PlayStation Store accessible via the PC and PSP also sport a new look, though the changes appear to be cosmetic and do not behave the same as the PlayStation 3 version.

For high-definition movie enthusiasts, the 2.30 firmware also brings with it the much anticipated DTS-HD Master Audio support for the console’s Blu-ray Disc playback feature. Like PCM and Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA can deliver audio presentation that is bit-for-bit identical to the original studio master.

“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.”

The 2.30 firmware update is now available from the PlayStation 3 update function, or as a direct download to PC from PlayStation Japan.



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By Chris Peredun on 4/15/2008 8:55:54 AM , Rating: 5
Circle is now "Back" instead of "Leave Store."

Download speeds also seem to have improved significantly.




By Aloonatic on 4/15/2008 9:22:52 AM , Rating: 2
I installed the update this morning before I came into work and didn't have much luck with PS store :-s

It looks like it should be nice but the icon images failed to download and there were lots of broken images and such?

Hopefully it's all sorted out by now? :)

Glad to hear that the circle button is back, I was sick of pressing it and then having to say that I didn't want to leave the store :)


By AlphaVirus on 4/15/2008 10:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
Possible the servers were being flooded with people downloading the update and such. I am sure by the end of the week everything will be ironed out.

I was going to wait until tonight to download, wanted to make sure it was stable based on others opinions and thoughts. So far everyone seems to be happy about it so I am confident about downloading and testing the MGS beta.


By afkrotch on 4/15/2008 12:20:40 PM , Rating: 1
w00t! When I get home, I'll download the update. Wonder if anything cool has been added to the Japanese version of the firmware, as that's what I'm using.

Still can't get my Mainichi Issho game thing to work on PS3.


By TimTheEnchanter25 on 4/15/2008 9:49:18 AM , Rating: 2
That's great. I've hit circle so many times thinking it would take me back. It was such a pain getting to the stupid back button before.

I assume that the PS button is used to exit just like in games now.


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