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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 PrasVT on 4/15/2008 5:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
Wait wait...So since the PS3 decodes the HD audio formats and sends it out as LPCM, you can use any hdmi enabled 5.1 receiver and have the audio output without any bitrate reduction? My dad and I picked up a Yamaha rx-v663 receiver for $375 (that can decode the hd formats), and we're planning to get a 2nd PS3 this week. So I guess it was kind of pointless to get a new receiver aside from having HDMI now? I guess if he wants to see DolbyTrueHD or DTS Master plastered on the receiver display, he can spend an extra $100 on the bd players that bistream out. hehe.

RE: although....
By steven975 on 4/16/2008 9:12:25 AM , Rating: 2
True, but not the whole picture.

You could look at HDMI receivers falling into 3 classes.
-Switching only
-Process LPCM, DD, DTS
-Process the above plus TrueHD, DTSHD, DD+ (and are HDMI 1.3)

A receiver from the first class will not help. The "basic" HDMI receivers today only SWITCH HDMI, they will not extract the audio. You need a receiver that can actually extract the audio from HDMI...these are not hard to find, but they won't be the cheapest ones, either.

IMO, The Onkyo 605, while having more than what is needed for a PS3, is a good choice. The TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding will set you up for the long term.

While the PS3 internally decodes everything now and puts it out as LPCM, many believe having a receiver decode a bitstream is better. Why? Well, a decoder in the player is a "one size fits all" decoder, whereas one in the receiver will be able to tailor the (eventual) PCM output to that receiver's characteristics.

Don't get me wrong...the DTS-HD decoded by the PS3 is stellar...I watched "I, Robot" yesterday and the sound blew me away. Still, I've compared bitsreamed vs internal decoding on my Toshiba XA2 and the TrueHD bitstream sounds better decoded in my 605 (not to mention with Dolby Digital Plus, the 605 can apply EX processing, but when DD+ is done in the player it can't).

RE: although....
By omnicronx on 4/16/2008 11:33:45 AM , Rating: 2
Why? Well, a decoder in the player is a "one size fits all" decoder, whereas one in the receiver will be able to tailor the (eventual) PCM output to that receiver's characteristics.
Im sorry, but you can not say that the receiver adding extra processing is neccesarily a good thing. Not only that but what do you mean by 'output to that receiver's characteristics'? Both LPCM and bitstream formats will be processed by the receivers environmental settings.
If it doesn't then its a receiver issue, not the fault of your player.

As for the extra processing, your receiver is at fault here, not your player, or LPCM. The 605 has known issues with processing, my yamaha LPCM only receiver will process DD+ just fine.

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