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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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RE: although....
By Flunk on 4/15/2008 10:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
P.S. 99% of people don't care and can't tell a difference between an SACD and an MP3 at 192kbps.

RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/15/2008 11:08:42 AM , Rating: 5
P.S. 99% of people don't care and can't tell a difference between an SACD and an MP3 at 192kbps.

Sure when listening through headphones. My grandma can tell the difference between an mp3 and an SACD when played through the right equipement. Anyone who listens to jazz, classical or pretty much non noise infested audio knows what I am talking about.

If you think you can listen to the latest album of 50cent and notice the difference, then you are right, you probably won't be able to tell. This is mostly due to the fact that audio like rap barely uses the high end of the sound spectrum, something MP3s or any lossy codec for that matter fail to be good at.

Then again, this is the same reason that you can put a sub in any car with speakers and have it sound alright, as long as you are listening to bass infested tracks ;)

p.s People are starting to care, hell if you can't tell the difference between SACD and an 192mp3 than those same people should not be able to tell the difference between an 128 and a 192kbps mp3 then right? Well that does not seem to be the case, as the demand for 192kbps audio is slowly rising, as people start to use the mp3 players on external devices.

RE: although....
By Aaron M on 4/15/2008 1:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
Sure when listening through headphones.

Delete that first sentence, and the rest of your post is fine. You seem to be fairly knowledgeable about the subject at hand, so I'm sure that, upon further reflection, you would realize that a good pair of headphones are quite hi-fi. The only thing headphones can't compete with speakers in, is bass.

RE: although....
By afkrotch on 4/15/2008 2:35:40 PM , Rating: 1
Headphones have speakers.

RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/15/2008 4:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
Headphones have drivers.

RE: although....
By jimbojimbo on 4/15/2008 2:45:32 PM , Rating: 2
The demand for 192kbps mp3s over 128kbps came up mostly due to cheaper storage. 128kbps was the standard 10 years ago because it was a compromise between space/songs. These days storage is so cheap everyone can afford to up the bitrate some.

RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/15/2008 3:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
192kbps CBR has been the standard since at least 1999 for group releases(i would know :) i was in a group). Then came 192VBR, and finally 256VBR although many people still use 192VBR as it is believed anything higher is negligeable because of the way mp3s are encoded.

Apple, and Apple alone chose to use 128kbps as their standard, it was not a choice of the consumer. Even the average listener can tell the difference between 128 and 192, as it has that compressed 'tiny' sound, that resembles a bad echo. Another reason that Apple could care less is because unless you tell itunes not too, it converts all your files to 128 AAC files, which is only equivilent to an mp3 around 160kpbs. Space was an issue, but it was more of an Apple ipod space issue than anything, most people at the time had no problem with HD space, especially with the slow download times of the day, and the limited access to mp3s.(napster had just come out)

ps.. 128CBR is not the same as 128VBR, Variable Bit Rate uses an increased bitrate when the encoder thinks it is required, and lowers the bitrate during whitespace and other situations where the full bitrate is not required. This is an over simplification of course, but it gets the point across.

As for headphones, everyone is right, I should not be bashing headphones ;) My bose quietcomfort headphones seem to have better sound than my home theatre system. I was just making a generalization because most people that use mp3 players, merely use the headphones that came with their player ;)

RE: although....
By Trippytiger on 4/15/2008 5:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
You can do a lot better than those Bose 'phones, too. :)

RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/16/2008 2:01:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sure can ;)
My dad has a pair of Grado's, I almost bust a nut everytime I put them on.

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