Eric Lempel, the gentleman behind PlayStation Networks Operations, was kind enough to share news on the company's blog about the upcoming 1.82 firmware update for Sony's black box, hitting PS3s stateside in a matter of days now. The update (which is already available in Japan) will step up the AVC from Main Profile to High Profile, thus allowing playback of HD content via H.264/MPEG-4 files. The video upgrade appears to be the only feature of this bump, although Eric says the company is working on audio issues that some users have been taking Sony to task on.

[Via Joystiq]

Read -- Eric Lempel blog post
Read -- Translated Japanese coverage of the update

Update: According to our astute readers, this firmware update went live last night. So go get it.

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PS3 1.82 firmware almost here, bringing H.264 compatibility