Playstation 3 firmware update arrives with enhanced PS Store

Posted by Mark Raby

Foster City (CA) - Sony has released the 2.30 firmware update for the Playstation 3, giving a major overhaul to the Playstation Store digital download platform.

Sony has not updated the store with new content for two weeks while it worked on the update.  Today's upgrade also adds DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-ray Discs.

The new Playstation Store is now a proprietary application instead of the current Web-based format, allowing users to have more seamless navigation and quicker download times.

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Screenshot of the new Playstation Store

The first new update for the PS Store is scheduled for this Thursday, its regular update day, including a fully downloadable version of the PS3 game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

Users will no longer be able to access the old Playstation Store, as they will be forced to download the firmware update before they can access any online content.

Additionally, with the new firmware, the PS3 will finally support DTS-HD Master Audio, which is considered just about the best audio technology available for video playback.

Audiophiles have criticized the PS3 for not supporting the high-end DTS format, which is able to play back an uncompromised version of the original master recording.  To date, DTS-HD functionality has been one of the only reasons to buy a standalone Blu-ray Disc player over the PS3.