Sony Removing HD Support Via Component In Next PS3 SKU
Sony will be placing HD support solely on the shoulders of HDMI in the next PS3 hardware update. This news comes from the US via a memo circulated to retailer GameStop, informing staff to pursuade new purchasers to buy HDMI cables with the new ‘K’ model consoles.
A tipster first informed Kotaku about the GameStop memo with a screenshot of the evidence. The memo reads: “the ‘K’ systems will come with an AV cable, however, if you want to play games or watch a movie in high definition you must use a HDMI cable. Component cables will no longer be able to transmit a high def picture. This means you will want to offer a HDMI cable with every new ‘K’ model PS3.”
It was first rumored that an HDMI cable will be required for all forms of high def media, including games, however ArsTechnica later received a statement from Sony revealing that only Blu-Ray movies will be restricted. “The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards. PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content.”
Current owners will be pleased to know that the change will not affect previous models of the system. However it is important to note, as of 2014, Blu-ray players will no include support for component output, in compliance with AACS standards.