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(Update) New PS3 SKU Won’t Have Component Cable HD Support (For BD Video Output)
An anonymous source sent the fine folks of Kotaku what appears to be an internal GameStop e-mail detailing a new 160 GB PlayStation 3 SKU incapable of displaying HD visuals with component cables; currently PS3 SKUs can display HD visuals via component cables and HDMI cables, meaning buyers of the new SKU would be forced to buy HDMI if they want to play Uncharted 3 (or watch a Blu-ray) in its full glory. Gamertag Radio has reached out to a source of its own, who also stated GameStop corporate sent stores an e-mail confirming this new SKUs existence, as well as its non-HD-support for component cables.
The new SKU, called the “K” chassis, will be shipping to stores this week, and all future PS3 models will be like the K as far as component cables go, according to the e-mail, but previous models will not be updated to bar component cable support.
While there hasn’t been any official word from Sony, Kotaku postulates that this could have something to do with the AACS Final Adopter Agreement, the content protection system curently used on Blu-ray discs. We’ll update you guys if we hear anything from Sony.
(Update: Sony has commented on this bit of news to Ars Technica. “The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards,” Sony told the site. “PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content.” So to recap: If you’re just playing games, you should still be able to get HD output via component cables, but if you pop in a Blu-ray movie, you’ll need an HDMI cable to continue getting HD output on the new PS3 model.)
Source – Kotaku