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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 rninneman on 4/15/2008 12:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
Way to quote Wikipedia; the section you pulled that from is completely uncited.

Comparisons between DSD and 192/24 PCM are common because that is the best DVD-A has to offer. There is far too much that goes into the nuances of either format to discuss here, but suffice it to say that you shouldn't believe that Wiki article is the authority on the subject. For example, 24 bit quantization does not automatically give something 24dB additional dynamic range. The DVD forum happened to set DVD-Audio's dynamic range at 144dB whereas Sony and Philips set the dynamic range of SACD at 120dB. 24 bits just allows finer steps within the dynamic range although it can also be utilized to extend the dynamic range while maintaining resolution. The 100KHz limit was artificially put in place by Sony and Philips to simplify the filter requirements of SACD players. However, it has been mathmatically proven that DSD can be less accurate than PCM in some situations.


RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/15/2008 1:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
ok? 192/24 PCM is still roughly equivilent to 192/20-24 DSD, regardless of where my source comes from. I can get some others if you would like. Also unless you are trying to let your dogs and pet bats hear every single detail, human hearing is limited to a dynamic range of about 120db.. probably not a coincidence either.. p.s doing the math I can figure out that 9600 and 20 bit = around 120db dynamic range(we know the dynamic range value), I don't need wiki for that ;) (just as 9600 and 24 bit is the equivilent to 144 dr)

Regardless both formats are great, DVD-A being better for rock music and SACD better for jazz and classical. Either choice is much better than listening to a lossy DTS or DD track.


RE: although....
By rninneman on 4/16/2008 5:13:30 PM , Rating: 2
Wtf are you talking about? I thought we already established that DSD is 2.88224MHz/1 bit. You also have no idea what you are talking about with respect quantization and dynamic range. Dynamic range can be increased because of the additional resolution, not the other way around. For example, I'll use a separate but relevant example. Recently many video products began offering support for the xvYCC color space which is roughly twice the size of the sRGB/BT.601/BT.709 color spaces used up until now. The color space is the video dynamic range if you will. If the same 24 bits are used to reproduce xvYCC, posterization can occur which is why 30, 36 and 48 bit color are often supported to mitigate this problem. One can be implemented without the other, it's just not ideal. You need to read up on signal sampling. Someone else had to correct you in another post about whether there is any difference between a 20bit and 24bit DAC. Maybe not on your $400 Onkyo, but yes, when properly designed, a 24 bit DAC will have more resolution than a 20 bit DAC.

What makes DVD-Audio better for rock and SACD for classical and jazz? They can both reproduce either with stunning accuracy. More rock came out on DVD-A and more classical and jazz came out on SACD because of the way they were marketed, not because of each formats underlying technology.


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