Sony sacrifices lossless audio for PS3 3D Blu-ray playback

With the release of firmware v3.50, Sony has announced that the PS3 will no longer support lossless audio during 3D Blu-ray playback.

Sony has confirmed when Dolby TrueHD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in Dolby Digital during playback of Blu-ray 3D content. As for DTS-HD, audio will be output in regular DTS.

Other limitations that come with firmware 3.50 include mild support for BD-Java features, some menus and subtitles might be flattened, and some USB and 3rd party controllers have been disabled.

In response to the 3rd party devices no longer functioning, Sony made their stance clear.

“SCEA does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates.”

“SCE and its affiliated companies disclaim all liability for any loss or damage suffered by you or any third party through the use of counterfeit or unlicensed products.”

For those of you capable of 3D Blu-ray playback, let us know your thoughts. Is lossless audio worth losing for 3D Blu-ray playback?

Readers Comments (7)

  1. It would be funny if the PS4 came out next year but Sony’s still selling the PS2

  2. wow this is wierd. I commented on the article below this one :O but my comment came on this one. Is there any way to change or delete this? I don’t want to look like a retard XD

  3. ^ LOL WHAT A RETARD ^ Just kidding Deedui69, shit happens.

    On topic… I personally don’t care, it seemed to me lossless what little I knew, never really gained any ground. Imo it was something that might have made it to a conversation while talking about shitty mp3 quality.

  4. THIS ARTICLE IS MISLEADING….the fact is before f/w v3.50 the PS3 didn’t support 3D Blu-ray movie playback at all! What Sony is stating here is that the PS3 will now playback 3D Blu-rays – as well as 2D discs – but when playing back 3D Blu-rays, it’ll be at the expense of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD being converted to (lossy) Dolby Digital and DTS respectively.

    Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD are lossless compressed audio formats. For 2D Blu-rays, the PS3 decompresses these audio streams (in real-time) and outputs the sound as PCM (also lossless). Obviously at the moment it’s either struggling to do that plus 3D at the same time, or perhaps the developer simply hasn’t worked out how to do it yet. A future firmware update may sort this out, but for a first stab at showing 3D Blu-ray movies, it’s not a bad update.

    # When Dolby TrueHD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in Dolby Digital during playback of Blu-ray 3D™ content.

    # When DTS-HD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in DTS during playback of Blu-ray 3D™ content.

    As there’s no mention & supposing the 3D Blu-ray’s movie audio is encoded as LPCM, then the PS3 should be able to pass that through (as lossless PCM audio) without problem? Perhaps ensuring the PCM option is ticked in the system settings and the Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD aren’t would force the use of the LPCM audio on a disc (if the disc provides it).


  5. When you’re displaying 1920 x 2220p at 48fps, something’s gotta’ give.

  6. i gues alternate move controlers will be disabled in the futhure…
    weel, they do ofer a or freegreat online service f, so i gues its only fair for them to take steps againds unlicenced modding

  7. something went wrong while posting my comment
    i did not write the words: freegreat, f, againds…

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