DTS MA in PS3 Firmware 2.30
As reader Riggins44 pointed out to me, DTS MA is coming to the PS3. Finally. DTS Master Audio is one of Blu-ray’s audio formats, supported mostly by Fox if I remember correctly. It’s a lossless codec that would sound really awesome if you have the ears and home theater to hear the difference. Home theater buffs have been waiting for this for a long time. And it’ll be in the 2.30 firmware update. Here’s the salient part of DTS’ press release:
DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO NOW AVAILABLE FOR PLAYSTATION 3 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTSI) a digital audio technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience, has announced that its DTS-HD Master Audioâ„¢ technology is now available for the PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3â„¢) computer entertainment system. DTS-HD Master Audio is capable of delivering audio that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master at super high variable bit rates (up to 24.5 Mbps on Blu-rayâ„¢ Discs). This bit stream is so fast and the transfer rate so high that it can deliver 7.1 audio channel, 96k/24-bit sound identical to the original studio master. DTSâ€™ single-bit-stream codec design enables supremely efficient content programming and consumer playback. PS3 can be upgradable to decode DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO by simply downloading the upcoming firmware upgrade on April 15th, 2008.
â€œWe are extremely pleased that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) is adding the full spectrum premium DTS-HD Master Audio codec into the PS3 so that more than 10 million owners of one of the best selling computer entertainment systems can have the best sounding, most efficient and flexible audio technology available as well,â€ said Brian Towne, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Division at DTS. â€œDTS-HD Master Audio is fast becoming the must-have feature for high definition entertainment enthusiasts.â€
“PS3 was designed to enable delivery of new and improved technologies like DTS-HD Master Audio,” said Teiji Yutaka, Senior Vice President, Software Platform Development, SCE. “So we are delighted to be able to offer this capability to PS3 users.”