A new PS3 model is bring shipped out to retailers this week, but this new model features a slight change for the worse. The new model, referred to as “K” chassis, actually removes a video output feature preventing HD Movie playback using component cables. If you want HD support, you need to use an HDMI cable.
All future PS3 models will have this requirement. Current hardware will not be updated to reflect this change. This is awful news, especially if you have an older HDTV that doesn’t have HDMI support.
The reason for the change is to comply with new AACS standards, which states that Blu-ray players manufactured after December 31st, 2010 will no longer be able to output in HD through component cables, as part of the AACS Adopter Agreement.
“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.”