updated 09:50 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2008
PS3 Version 2.3 Live
Sony today marked the official launch of version 2.3 (link to update soon) of the PlayStation 3's firmware, which adds key new features to the console. The cornerstone of the update is a complete redesign of the PlayStation Store built to help users more quickly find content: add-ons, games, videos, and other content are now easier to find from the top level. Gamers can also get a taste of content before the download with either screenshots of games or streaming clips for video content. A shopping bag lets users track their purchase history.
The upgrade also brings promised DTS-HD Master Audio support that allows Blu-ray movies and downloads that support the high-bitrate format to output in full 7.1-channel surround, addressing earlier complaints from home theater advocates. Other fixes are likely to be included but aren't documented by Sony.
The update is available for free for any existing PS3 model and is timed to coincide with the launch of GT5 Prologue, which is available through the online service as well as in a physical retail copy.