PS4: World’s First Device to Support DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1

PS4: DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1

The PlayStation 3 has always been regarded as one of the best home theater machines. Throughout its lifespan, the powerful console was able to satisfy home theater aficionados with support for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Live, and a host of audio codecs like DTS and Dolby TrueHD. With the launch of the PS4, Sony hopes to continue the tradition and that’s already apparent with the console supporting DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 decoder, a first for consumer electronics device.

According to DTS Executive Vice President and COO Brian Towne:

 Today, there are more than a couple of ways for consumers to access and enjoy entertainment content. Millions of consumers rely on their gaming consoles to serve as their hub for accessing digital content services, holding the expectation that these devices will deliver the same quality video and audio experience that they receive when gaming or watching Blu-ray discs. By featuring DTS’ new DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 technology, PS4 owners will be able to enjoy the same high-definition 7.1 surround sound experience received on Blu-ray from streaming and VOD services. 

In layman’s terms, this new decoder allows for bit rate of 512 Kb per seconds from either optical media such as Blu-ray or from internet services, allowing for a near lossless audio experience. While it remains unlikely that many streaming services such as Sony’s own Music Unlimited would take advantage of such a feature anytime soon, due to bandwidth limitations and uncertainty from consumers, it’s quite likely that we’ll begin to see Blu-ray films pop up with support for the audio format.

 DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 is the latest delivery profile under the DTS-HD technology portfolio of advanced audio solutions for next-generation content. Designed to deliver the highest quality surround sound experience possible from both physical and digital media,this new decoder supports streamed and downloaded content featuring DTS-HD-encoded audio tracks, as well as optical disc media with soundtracks produced in all DTS formats including DTS-HD Master Audio. 

Sure the PS4 currently lacks MP3 and DLNA support, but Sony has already gone on record that a future update will bring the missed features back, paving the way for the PS4 to become the only home theater machine you’ll need. Now if Sony could only fully commit to 4K support for it.

Discuss:

Does good audio matter to you or do you generally game or watch movies from a basic audio setup?

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  • http://www.Lugoves.com/ Lugoves

    I’ve had a 7.1 Surround Sound system set up since 2007. I’ll enjoy it when it’s supported as it is noticeable in most cases.

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    Yea, 7.1 can make for a really smoother surround sound experience.

  • Seth A. Yellin

    ;D <3 I'll get a 7.1 then. ;D (There is 9.1 apparently now but that is not going to be very popular at all.)

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    I think there is actually one movie out there that supports something crazy like 14.1 or so. Remember reading about it 2-3 years ago.

  • Seth A. Yellin

    Ahaha CURRAZZY!!! Sank you. xD

  • BRIGHTLIGHTS2001

    IVE JUST SET MY PS4 UP BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM TO PLAY IN DTS FORMAT EVEN WHEN SELECTED ON THE DISC SET UP & I HAVE SELECTED DTS ON OPTICAL OUTPUT ON THE PS4, ANY IDEAS WHERE I AM GOING WRONG AS I JUST SWAPPED OUT MY PS3 FOR THE PS4 ON MY HOME AUDIO SYSTEM & DTS WAS WORKING FINE ON THE PS3?.
    THANKS

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    Try this:

    When the disc is playing, press Options
    Go to the Settings menu
    Under Audio Format, select Bitstream (Direct)

  • Jedi-Kray

    When you press options does that take you to the settings menu/audio format within the disc your playing?

  • Jedi-Kray

    Set the Audio Format to Bitstream Direct, two of my blu ray movies had a DTS HD Master Audio Signal with a blue light on my Yamaha YSP-2200 and four had a Dolby D signal on a orange light , No more PCM Signals for me , fingers crossed !

  • Jay

    7.1 does not play on optical, or at least that is what I read the other day. Try sending all signals, video and bitstream, through an HDMI cable. Oh yeah, make sure the HDMI is a new version cable. The older ones do not have the audio capability.

  • Jay

    Give it time, like iRobot with the camera strip, there will be one big speaker circling the room. No number designation, call it — Infinity.1 or halo?

  • Jay

    It’s noticeable! I have played Tron: Legacy and Star Trek: Into Darkness with 7.1. Much more depth! Love it, want more of it!

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    I believe you may be correct with 7.1 and optical.