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Rumor: Sony to Remove HD Downscale on PS3 Slim K Models?

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166w ago - Update: Sony has now confirmed the news via [Register or Login to view links] stating, to quote: "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."

Today Kotaku (linked above) reports news of a rumor that Sony may be removing HD downscale for the component output on new 'K' PS3 Slim models making an HDMI cable mandatory for them.

To quote: "A tipster sends us rumored word (and image) of an incoming replacement model for the 160GB PlayStation 3 which brings with it a change in the way some people will hook the console up to their HD television.

The new "K" chassis, which Sony will begin shipping to retailers this week, will require customers to use an HDMI cable to play a game or watch a movie in high definition, according to the tipster. The component out, which on all other models supports high definition video modes, will no longer do so, according to a memo apparently sent around at GameStop today.

All future models of the PS3, the memo continues, will require an HDMI cable for high definition output. Previous models will not be updated to require HDMI for high definition viewing.

Finally, as GameStop puts it, offering the HDMI cables to customers picking up a PS3 will "also help you drive add-on sales.

We've reached out to PlayStation for comment on the rumor and to ask why, if it's true, the change is being made.

While we still haven't heard from PlayStation with an official response, it sounds like this move could have something to do with the [Register or Login to view links] Final Adopter Agreement."

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GrandpaHomer's Avatar
#11 - GrandpaHomer - 166w ago
Still don't understand why would they block (apart of laziness) BOTH BD video and game output ... This is also not good because there is plenty of people recording their PS3 gaming in HD using the component outputs (like via Hauppauge HD USB PVR) or even to broadcast the game matches for various community events live and so on and all this will stop working with new PS3 models.

So those defending Sony here and telling us to read first prior posting - maybe YOU should read first as I see no a single logical / legal reason behind stopping gaming HD output via component as well as playing my own video library (be it recordings from HD camera or any non BD video file).

barrybarryk's Avatar
#10 - barrybarryk - 166w ago
Sony, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Warner Bros., Panasonic and Disney are all founders of the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA), so you'll find Sony had very little to say on the subject.

But it doesn't stop SD output like people seem to be suggesting, just HD over component connections and none of the older units are affected. I'm normally the first one to point out when Sony do something ridiculous but this isn't one of those times.

dulal's Avatar
#9 - dulal - 166w ago
funny how lots of ppl doesn't know except how to complain and flame others.. anyway at least this site has less trolls then any other ps3 hacks so i'm glad and thank you so much to barrybarryk for explaining. i hope ppl read this before writing something dumb.

mmanolos's Avatar
#8 - mmanolos - 166w ago
It's nothing to do with Sony, the Blu Ray AACS standard changed
Ok but "It's nothing to do with Sony"? Am I wrong or Sony (and others) OWNS the Blu Ray standards??

elser1's Avatar
#7 - elser1 - 166w ago
i don't see the big deal.. this is good news if anything.

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