[Update]: Sony Says Component-Based HD Gameplay Still Available For New PS3s
[Update]: Sony has clarified the rumor regarding new PS3 models and their HD output status, telling us that you can still get HD gaming via component cables.
A Sony spokesperson told us in a statement: "The report isn't accurate. The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for Blu-ray movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards. PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content."
[Original Story]: There's a report that future PS3 models – starting with an upcoming K model – will require an HDMI cable for HD resolutions, thus stopping HD playback via component cables.
A rumor from Kotaku via a reader states that a new K model of the 160GB system (which starts shipping out this week, apparently) will require an HDMI cable for HD playback. You can still use a component cable with the system (and, in fact, the new PS3s will ship with a non-HDMI A/V cable in the box), but the component port won't put out an HD signal. This change will not affect older PS3 models.
We've put in an inquiry to Sony on the matter, and will update this story if we hear back.