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Next firmware update to improve music playback -- but how?

Brier Dudley from The Seattle Times is loving the PS3. Not as a games machine, but as an affordable media center. At $399, the upcoming 40GB PS3 will be one of the most affordable and most advanced Blu-ray players around. With its ability to play music, showcase photos, display movies, and more, the PS3 has a great chance of targeting the media savvy with its newer, cheaper model.

Sony will continue to expand upon the media functions of the PS3. According to the report, "within a month, a software upgrade will improve the PS3's interface for music stored and played through the system." However, we don't have any further specifics. Patrick Seybold from SCEA emphasizes that "we haven't made any specific announcements on upcoming firmware." Could enhanced music be a part of the now-mystical 2.0 firmware update?

It will be interesting to see what Sony plans to offer the media hungry in America. While Europe gets PVR capabilities, America has been left out. But, it appears that something will be in the works soon. "Some of that same functionality are things that we're working on here," Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, told the newspaper.

[Via Joystiq]

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21. "Or just give us access to 2D acceleration in Linux."

We do have that. It's 3D we don't have

Posted at 3:01AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Extinction

22. The 'media center' quips from Sony are baseless until such time as they add support for the most popular media formats in existence - DIVX and XVID. Until then, its all noisy marketing spiel if you ask me.

Sure, it has MP3 support, but thats like promoting a particular brand of car because it comes with a steering wheel.

Posted at 4:13AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Shane

23. I wanna see internet radio on the PS3, I know you can get it on the net browser but I want a separate module on the XMB music section that can get all the stations, a pretty easy thing to do I would think and would be very unique among the consoles, its certainly something the 360 and Wii don't do.

Posted at 5:20AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by BlackCountryBob

24. I want lossless music! I need it badly!
And also a better music interface for large music and photo library!

Posted at 6:22AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Redspear

25. I have music on a Memory Stick using Disc2Phone. When I plug the stick into the PS3 and listen to the tracks the sound quality is worse than you got on an old magnetic tape!!

And yes, a proper player would be nice.

Posted at 6:49AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Jay

26. If only the xmb included an itunes interface!

Posted at 7:45AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by reakt

27. Is the image of the tweaked XMB above actually a (future) reality or just artistic license?

"...a software upgrade will improve the PS3's interface for music stored and played through the system..."

With over 120GB of music saved, im with #4, a search feature would be great!

I want to be able to use the wireless keyboard i've got plugged into my ps3 to press "M" and be whisked magicaly to mary poppins soundtrack instead of waiting for the end of time for the PS3 to trundle down the seemingly endless list of songs.

A folders feature too perhaps. The ability to effectivly hide away the junk you dont use often or to make sure your family movies dont get mixed up with your... "art collection".

ps, i dont have mary poppins soundtrack... but if someone wants to send me, please dont.

Posted at 9:10AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by PJ

28. Maybe improved music playback means a tweaking of the interface to make music a bit easier to find.

Posted at 9:17AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Nick Gray

29. "We do have that. It's 3D we don't have"

Really? I thought there was still no hardware video acceleration of any kind under linux yet. Which distro provides at least hardware 2D acceleration?

Posted at 9:23AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Spoon!!

30. I expect a better music player, with more visualisations and more convenience (like sorting by Genre, searching, album art, etc).

I hope for support for more formats, though- FLAC, APE (like Flac, lossless), XVID, DIVX. But I'm not sure Sony are serious about the Media Center thing, as they're still so focused on promoting disk-based playback like Blu-Ray .

Posted at 9:26AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Starfire


Posted at 10:50AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by MILO

32. Thanks for that intelligent post, Milo.

Posted at 11:25AM on Oct 23rd 2007 by Frank

33. If SONY are serious about the PS3 being anything more than an expensive game console, I challenge them to include the following much desired features:

1. Xvid and Divx Codec support.
2. Skype (PS3 and PSP).
3. Internet Radio.
4. DV video editing.

We won't be holding our breath of course...

Posted at 10:26PM on Oct 23rd 2007 by steve sway

34. Appolo got it right- Full SACD multi channel, and DTS Master lossless. Of course FLAC support. I guess they could go crazy and offer us all sorts of customising options like an equaliser, room eq, custom output to match the number and size of speakers etc.

Posted at 1:05AM on Oct 24th 2007 by ted

35. Regarless, is that the new XMB layout? Looks sleeker

Posted at 4:31PM on Oct 24th 2007 by PrinceFayzon

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