PS3 News: For some reason, Sony is complying with the DRM standard's 2014 start date way ahead of time. At least now it doesn't apply to gaming or streaming.
Yesterday, we reported on a GameStop memo that said Sony was introducing a new PS3 model, dubbed K chassis, that would restrict high-definition content to HDMI and essentially kill off HD via component cables. The information, which came from an authentic GameStop news bulletin, was partly accurate.
The videogame publisher has since clarified GameStop's muddled memo, saying that the restriction applies to HD Blu-Ray movies and not gaming or streaming content. Why? Because of the Advanced Access Content System standard. This is a AACS is a DRM standard that was developed by Sony along with Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Warner Bros., IBM, and yes, even Toshiba (of now defunct Blu-Ray rival HD DVD fame). Beginning in 2014, all Blu-Ray discs players (meaning PS3s and standalone Blu-Ray players) sold and manufactured must do away with component cables and allow HD content through only HDMI and DVI connections.
In effect, the news isn't as grim as we first anticipated. You'll still be able to capture gameplay and screenshots video through HD component cable boxes without the hassle of trying to get around the nasty DRM. Considering all of the Call of Duty: Black Ops clips out there, it's a free source of viral marketing for Sony and its rivals, so this clarified decision, while very early ahead of the 2014 start-date, makes more sense.