New PS3 SKU Lacks HD Video Playback Support Over Component Cables

By Colin Tan on July 13, 2011, 2:33PM EST

Word was going around earlier yesterday that Sony had a new PS3 model in the works, one that would not support HD output over component cables, (See Kotaku's report) forcing users to use HDMI, a problem for some as most older sets only have two HDMI inputs.

Sony has since clarified with Ars Technica that HD output is still supported over component for games, but not for video playback.

"The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards," Sony told Ars. "PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content."

Apparently the AACS "“ Advanced Access Content System - is a new DRM standard and limits high definition output for video to HDMI and DVI cables. Starting 2014 and in compliance with the standard, new Blu-ray players will not include component ports.

Source: Ars

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