An update to Sony's PlayStation 3 hardware is quietly phasing out a feature that will leave some users unable to watch high-definition Blu-ray video.
In addition to the new CECH-3000 series' lighter weight and lower output that we previously reported
, the new models also limits the video output for Blu-ray discs by now requiring an HDMI cable for high-definition output.
In previous models, Blu-ray discs could output in HD through component cables as well.
a Sony representative, the change was made in order to comply with with a DRM scheme known as the Advanced Access Content System, which requires that HD video playback be restricted to HDCP-compliant HDMI and DVI cables.
The limitation affects only Blu-ray content, according to Sony: games and other forms of video can still output in HD through component cables, despite what an internal memo recently circulated to GameStop stores said.
According to the Advanced Access Content System standards, no new Blu-ray players will be allowed to have component ports beginning in 2014.