Rumors began yesterday about the newest PS3 model (“K Series”) no longer supporting component cables.
Well today there has been some clarification as to that issue.
According to a Sony representative who spoke to arstechnica.com, the latest console update will still support HD playback with component cables for games but will require that Blu-ray movie playback be done via HDMI cable.
“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.”
As it turns out, the new requirement isn’t Sony’s own doing, but rather it’s a new standard set by the AACS (Advanced Access Content System), that HDMI and DVI cables, which support HDCP handle Blu-ray movie playback.