Yesterday, Jon broke the news that Sony's new line of Playstation 3s would be ditching component cables in favor of a sole HDMI input. While HDMI inputs feature on all contemporary HD televisions, potential PS3 owners with older models only sporting the six-pronged component cable input face not being able to hook up Sony's new line of PS3s, soon to roll out. However, according to Arstechnica, it's not as bad as it sounds.
"The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards," revealed Sony when prompted for a response by Arstechnica. "PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content." So, crisis averted. You can still play your games and stream content from the likes of Youtube and 40D, but playing blu-ray discs will require a HDMI hook-up.
The AACS - short for the Advanced Access Content System - is a quality standard for DRM, necessitating that HD video resolutions are limited to HDMI or DVI inputs, as both support HDCP. Currently, blu-ray players support not just HDMI and DVI, but component cables, too; but that's all about to change in 2014, when the AACS standards come into play and all blu-ray players must ditch component cable inputs.
But hey, if you're rocking an older model television with no HDMI or DVI inputs, don't fret. You can still play games! And, speaking as someone who owns a 37" plasma screen, I don't think blu-rays are all they're hyped up to be. [Arstechnica]