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Dolby Laboratories Announces PS3 and Wii Support

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2006 @ 2:00 p.m. PDT

Dolby Laboratories announced today that the Sony's PS3 will support Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound for next-generation entertainment, including games and movie titles in the Blu-ray Disc format, while Nintendo's Wii use Dolby Pro Logic II technology to offer gamers an immersive surround sound experience.


PS3 will feature interactive Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound for games, Dolby Digital, and Dolby TrueHD for decoding up to 7.1 channels for Blu-ray movie playback.

This powerful combination of Dolby technologies allows people to enjoy movies and games in discrete multichannel surround sound on the tens of millions of audio/video receivers and home theater systems worldwide that are equipped with Dolby technology.

"The launch of PS3 represents the next chapter of gaming and entertainment," said Izumi Kawanishi, Corporate Executive and Senior Vice President of Software Platform Development Division, SCEI. "Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital 5.1 complement the tremendous innovations delivered through PS3, which offers the best possible high-definition entertainment experience."

"In the age of high definition, games need to look and sound better than ever before," said John Griffin, Marketing Director, Games, Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital 5.1 will bring new levels of emotion and realism to movies and games. We think people will be amazed once they connect their PS3 to an audio/video receiver or home theater system.

Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and Dolby TrueHD will be supported with PS3, which will be available in Japan on November 11, 2006 and in North America on November 17, 2006.

Nintendo Wii

"The Wii console will break down the walls that separate gamers from everyone else” said Koji Kondo, Manager, Sound Group, Entertainment Analysis and Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd. “Sound is a key part of this equation and because Wii supports Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound technology, we think everyone can have a great audio experience."

"Dolby Pro Logic II technology ensures that the Wii console can offer rich, immersive surround sound, which is essential to a great gaming experience,” said John Griffin, Marketing Director, Games, Dolby Laboratories. "We're looking forward to hearing how great Nintendo's games sound at launch."

Nintendo has announced that the Wii console will be available in North America on November 19, in Japan on December 2, 2006 and in Europe on December 8, 2006.

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