New PS3 Model Will Have a Change in Output formatPosted 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 by Benson Chen
Kotaku has recently released some GameStop internal memo about the new “K” model of the PS3 coming to store shelves. According to the memo, the new model will support only HDMI cables for all high-definition display, and that component cables will no longer work. Luckily, this is only partially true.
“The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards,” Sony told Ars Technica “PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content.” This change is not a cost-cutting measure like removing the backward compatibility with PS2 games; this change is to conform to the Advanced Access Content System, a standard for DRM developed by a consortium of media companies including Sony themselves. The standard requires devices restrict analog outputs to prevent recording from analog capture devices.
This change will only affect the users who uses the PS3 for it’s Blu-ray playback capability, playing games in HD using component cable will not be a problem at all with all future models of PS3.