New PlayStation Store opens next week

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Word on the official US PlayStation blog is that the latest PS3 firmware update, ver. 2.30, is due to launch next week, featuring a fully revamped PLAYSTATION Store.
SCEE has just sent word that the new look PlayStation Store will be launching on 15th April and you can see a video demo featuring Grace Chen on the US PlayStation site which gives you an idea of the new look and feel of the store.
Better movie audio
Eric Lempel, Director, PlayStation Network Operations also reports that “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 described as being “literally bit-for-bit identical to the studio master recording and makes movie soundtracks and sound effects truly come to life” delivering audio at the incredibly high rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, a massive improvement on standard DVDs.
Lempel adds: “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.”
TechRadar will bring you our thoughts on the quality of the PS3’s improved Blu-ray audio as soon as the firmware launches next week.


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