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PS4 First To Get New DTS Surround Decoder

11/15/2013 06:50:00 AM Eastern

Calabasas, Calif. – The PlayStation 4 is the first product available with DTS’s new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 decoder, enabling the game console to decode 7.1-channel soundtracks streamed in the DTS-HD format.

The Sony game console became available today.

The new DTS decoder not only supports streamed and downloaded video incorporating DTS-HD-encoded soundtracks, but the decoders also decode any DTS audio format on optical discs, including DTS-HD Master Audio, the company said.

With DTS-HD, streaming services can deliver multichannel audio at data rates up to 512Kbps. If the stream is received at 512Kbps via a good network connection, then the sound quality will be “nearly indistinguishable” from lossless PCM soundtracks and from soundtracks encoded in lossless codecs, DTS has said.

CinemaNow offers movies with DTS-HD soundtracks.

“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,” said DTS executive VP/COO Brian Towne. “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.”

Earlier this year, Samsung began offering select TVs and Blu-ray players that were the first video components compatible with DTS-HD soundtracks. The TVs convert the DTS-HD streams to DTS Digital Surround, which is output via optical digital output or HDMI to a connected AVR, soundbar or HTiB for decoding.

Via DTS 2.0+Digital Out technology, the Samsung TVs also convert two-channel and other 5.1 content to DTS Digital Surround for output to audio systems.