PS3 dropping component support for games and Blu-ray

Ben Parfitt
PS3 dropping component support for games and Blu-ray

Signs are pointing to a change to future versions of the PS3 console that will mean it is unable to display much of its key content over a component cable.

Until now PS3s have shipped with a component cable instead of the more standard HDMI connection.

However, Kotaku reports that new machines carrying the new ‘K’ type hardware chassis will prevent the output of both HD games and Blu-ray movies on anything other than HDMI.

Presumably, the machines will ship with the required connection.

It is speculated that the change is a result of alterations to the AACS content protection system, which governs many things including copy protection systems on Blu-ray discs.

The latest AACS amendments restrict component signals to a maximum output of 480i/576i. Some content will be blocked altogether on analogue outputs.

Older machines will not be affected by the change.

UPDATE: The cable that comes with a PS3 is in fact a composite, not a component cable. 

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Tags: PlayStation , ps3 , hdmi , component , aacs

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If this change is coming about because of AACS then how will it not affect older machines? If I play a blu-ray disc with the latest AACS iteration built in then surely it wont play on an older fat style PS3, if I output over component? The wikipedia article seems to have quite a bit on AACS and also mentions the restraints put on component output which are restricted to 960 x 540

Could this instead be a cost saving exercise by Sony to get the manufacturing price of PS3s down even lower?

Roger Barrett

Roger Barrett INDUSTRY
Jul 13th 2011 at 10:40AM

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Hate to nitpick but PS3s ship with composite cables, not component :)

James Newton

James Newton INDUSTRY
Jul 13th 2011 at 10:53AM

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Dammit! I wait ages for comments to come back and then some git beats me to my first Nerdy complaint :)

If Sony finally ship their "Uber HiDef Blu-Ray machine" with a HiDef cable that can Play Blu-Ray would kinda make sense. People actually plug it in and assume its HiDef with the box in the cable as they have a HiDef TV!

Though MS with their new machines switched, the old elites you got Composite/Component + HDMI, Now in the 250g Slims you just get Composite. So they maybe they will have to go back to how they were.

Graeme Taylor

Graeme Taylor INDUSTRY
Jul 13th 2011 at 11:20AM

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