Electronista: Sony in a quiet E3 move said it has developed an add-on audio system for the PS3 that provides surround sound for games, Blu-ray movies, and other stereoscopic 3D content. The ZVS1 soundbar connects to the PS3 by optical digital cable and provides virtual Dolby or DTS surround across a 2.1-channel system. It caters to gamers with a Night Mode to cut down on audio passing through the room but can put out up to 30W of sustained bass and 10W for each stereo channel.
The unit also has an analog input to connect other devices and has its own remote to control volume and settings independently of the PS3 or another host system. Sony expects to ship the device worldwide sometime in fall 2010. The expected US retail price is $199.