Sony: HDMI required for HD video only, not games on new PS3 models

Wednesday, 13th July 2011 17:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Yesterday, a Gamestop document posted on the net implied Sony was getting rid of high-definition content through the use of component cables with newer PS3 models. However, Sony has told Ars Technica that is not exactly true.

According to the Gamestop memo posted by Kotaku, “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.” The memo also told store employees to sell HDMI cables to customers purchasing a PS3 console.

In response to this, Sony told Ars: “The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards. PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content.”

Here is how Ars explains it, which is much better than we ever could: “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 looks like this will only affect customers still using older hi-def TVs or those using component cables due to having a minimal number of HDMI connections for all their items.

Time to invest in some HDMI splitters, we reckon.



  1. Erthazus

    So basically they are cutting another feature just to sell their own components.

    brilliant milking idea Sony. Jack Trettons probably need some money for new car or yacht.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gama_888

    Im finding it really hard to make head or tales on what the hell there talking about here.

    Someone wanna try explain it in an easyier manner?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    New DRM rules state that BD movies have to use HDMI for HD, Sony comply.

    Whats hard to understand?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. spiderLAW

    @1 Actually you read it entirely wrong.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    ^ Well obviously. But you have to forgive him, he’s a proven idiot, after all.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Gama_888

    @3. No need to be an ass just asking for an explanation.

    Sooo the only people who are effected by this are people who wanna watch films through Component cables

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Bluebird

    Films on BD, yes.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. spiderLAW

    The only people effected are those that want to watch Bluray Disc movies through component cables (older HDTVs didnt have HDMI or DVI and only had component) and havent already purchased a bluray player. They are going to be assed out if they dont have a TV with HDMI input.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @4, Aha. Yeah… I’m wrong here. I thought that they are removing the feature for the VGA users, but they cleared up bad rumors.

    It’s just first i read this on the Kotaku blog:

    then they updated it later.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Razor

    I don’t understand any of this.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. kallaz

    As far as I can see this has little or no with sony, this is an agreement with the regulatory asociation for HD content, blu-ray and others.
    also, i might be wrong

    #11 4 years ago
  12. NiceFellow

    @11 correct – this has been incorrectly reported on game sites for the most part today.

    Sony is simply one of a number of brands that will be complying with this for BD playback.

    Gotta love how “it’s Sony” or “it’s Microsoft” when its often nothing to do with either directly.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. TVs Everywhere


    And that’s why you shouldn’t ever read Kotaku for gaming news. The amount of sleazy yellow journalism that goes on there just for the sake of nerdrage which = page hits is staggering. “Report first”, research later is their mantra. :)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Kaufer

    #13 In their defence, it was Gamestop that got it wrong in the memo. Kotaku just reported what was written on there.

    #14 4 years ago

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