Rumor: New PS3 Models Require HDMI for HD?

July 13, 2011, By Christian Davis

The upcoming Playstation 3 model, being dubbed the K Model,  is said to require an HDMI cable for HD resolutions, stopping players from using composite cables.

Supposedly, the new K model will start shipping this week with a 160GB hard drive according to a reader from Kotaku. This model will require the HDMI cable for high definition playback. Component cables aren’t being rendered obsolete however. They’re still compatible with the console and the K model even  comes with a non-HDMI A/V cable, the component port just won’t release an HD signal. In an interview with Ars Technica, Sony explains that the change will only affect HD video, not the games.

“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.

It’s still somewhat of a nuisance to those who didn’t have enough HDMI ports on their televisions. The component cable was quite the life saver, though the lack of HDMI ports only occurs with older models of HD TVs so it may not be as big of an issue.

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