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Firmware (v.2.30) Details and Store Walkthrough

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Apr 10, 2008 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hey Everyone! We know you’re all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, ver. 2.30, which includes the revamped PLAYSTATION Store. The good news is that it’s coming soon, and you can now see how the new user interface will look in this video demo featuring Grace Chen.

I have more good news to report today – the system software update will also add DTS-HD Master Audio output for Blu-ray videos, which means the high-definition visuals of Blu-ray will now be matched with the highest quality audio for the ultimate movie-watching experience on PS3.

DTS-HD Master Audio is literally bit-for-bit identical to the studio master recording and makes movie soundtracks and sound effects truly come to life. The technology delivers audio at the incredibly high rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, which is significantly higher than standard DVDs. DTS-HD Master Audio also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths, so you’ll be totally immersed in the sound. The firmware update will add DTS-HD High Resolution Audio as well, which is a similar output technology that requires less disc space. You can read more about both codecs here.

A lot of you, particularly the home theatre enthusiasts and audiophiles out there, have been asking us for this capability, and we can’t wait until you have an opportunity to pop in a compatible Blu-ray video to test it out for yourself.

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+ zaraiah on April 20th, 2008 at 11:34 am said:

UPDATE FLASH!!! UPDATE FLASH!!!!


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+ zaraiah on April 20th, 2008 at 11:35 am said:

Everyone repeat after me!! UPDATE FLASH, UPDATE FLASH!!! This is the only thing that sucks about the PS3!!!!


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+ zaraiah on April 20th, 2008 at 11:57 am said:

Hey Playstation guys, Flash 9!!!! Is it really that hard to add this?????


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+ chito2800 on April 21st, 2008 at 12:04 am said:

I hate what the new update did to the ps3. I use to be able to download movies from this website to my ps3 hard drive, now It dosent show the hard drive as a selection to save to, it shows my usb connection like my ipod.It wont show the ps3 hard drive as a option to save the movie to. i hate that. please sony allow the ps3 to save movies off the internet to the hard drive. please.please put it back like it was, for example…when i use to click on a movie to download of this website on the internet,the ps3 option pops up an it tells me do i want to save it to my hardrive or my usb connection, but now whit this new ps3 update it dosent show the hard drive as a option to download my movies to. I like the new store look,,but i dont like that i cant download movies to my hardrive off the internet no more…please fix it..


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+ opcode on April 21st, 2008 at 8:50 am said:

I would love (and I am sure that a lot of people that use the PS3 for Bluray movies would also) to have a new option “Automatic” option added to “BD / DVD Audio Output Format (HDMI)”. The problem is that letting the PS3 decode regular DD and DTS and send it as PCM to my receiver keeps my receiver from adding further processing to the sound, like Dolby ProLogic IIx. This way I cannot enjoy 7.1 sound from regular DD and DTS source, unless I set the PS3 back to bitstream. So a new “automatic” option would allow the PS3 to send regular DD and DTS always as bitstream, and all high def audio formats as LPCM. I think that would be easy to implement and would prove very, very convenient (even my HD-DVD was able to do that)…. Please, please, Sony…. :)
Another useful feature would be let the US PS3 play region free PAL DVD disks, like shows. There are lots of DVD players in the market capable of that. Please, please, Sony… Lets make the PS3 the perfect DVD/Bluray player… :)


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+ Logic24 on April 21st, 2008 at 5:17 pm said:

some fatal flaws:
in game xmb absent
really slow on gettin flash player updates
getting loyal PS fans hyped up, then delaying the product(home)
other than that the PS3 definetley pwns


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+ zaraiah on April 22nd, 2008 at 6:23 pm said:

FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!
FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!
FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!FLASH 9!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ GargantulaKon on April 30th, 2008 at 6:16 am said:

I like the look and feel of the store. I am a new PlayStation 3 owner, so I have little experience with the old store. Suggestions: There should be an option to disable the pop-up notification that that the item is now in your cart since I went through all the demos to download them all. In addition, a bulk download and install function would be totally awesome. I downloaded and installed every single demo and that took 2 days of constant watch over the PS3 and by using Remote Play on my PSP. I love Remote Play!


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+ Croweyes1121 on May 7th, 2008 at 7:53 am said:

Great update, guys! Here is my wish list:

1. Reactivate the multi-channel SACD to DTS downconversion feature over optical. That was an amazing feature and I didn’t even get to use it!

2. More compatibility with audio formats like DTS CD’s, WAV files at higher bitrates, DTS WAVs, 24/96 uncompressed stereo files, FLAC, FLAC 5.1, etc.


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+ Suntop on May 8th, 2008 at 9:15 am said:

They can’t update flash as it costs them money! Its only free on Macintosh and Windows system since they payed the fee. However yellow dog linux users will have Gnash in YDL 6.0 they are more concerned with nothing at this time. They think that what we have is good enough. It is typical of Sony US to be this way. maxmize profits and not listen to end-users….

However, The problems is, Playstation Home will never come here, it seems they want to charge for it. What can we do? Nothing we are all at the mercy of big corporation. Only thing I like about Sony is that the network (to play online games) is free. Microsoft, the richest corporation in the US charges you to use their online gaming which turned me off the X-Box 360. Greed is the main core of the USA now. It wasn’t like that long ago.

All I want is the following.
The Home (online community)
Flash 9 Update.
better Browser (like opera or firefox) because i go to http://www.qrz.com and it keeps asking me over and over again to allow the plugin. I say yes it refreshes the page thus causing it to ask again i say no the same result The browser sucks.I want the asking of the use of the plug-in either made to remember your responce or not ask at all and say yes to all..

AND XVID support. This device isnt truly DIVX Certified since my DIVX CERTIFIED dvd player can play all formats of divx. thats it

Suntop


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