Yesterday, we reported on a document, sent to Gamestop locations and obtained by Kotaku, that indicated Sony was disabling high-definition content via component cables. In discussing the latest PS3 model, the memo stated, "The 'K' systems will come with an AV cable, however, if you want to play a game or watch a movie in high definition you must use an HDMI cable," before going on to instruct employees to sell HDMI cables alongside the new systems. We've contacted Sony, which told us the report is inaccurate.
"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."
The Advanced Access Content System is a standard for DRM, and states that full high-definition video resolutions are limited to HDMI and DVI cables, which support HDCP. Starting in 2014, new Blu-ray players won't be able to include component ports at all in order to be in compliance with AACS standards. It's likely the author of Gamestop's document was simply confused about what the new systems will require.
This will still be an annoyance for consumers with older high-definition televisions or those of us who use the component cables because we don't have enough HDMI connections for all the devices we want to plug in to our display, but at least your games and streaming content are safe.