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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:12

Sony demands the use of HDMI cable

Written by Nick Farell


Narrowing choice
At the moment if you want High Def telly on your PS3, you can use component cables or you can use an HDMI cable.

According to a memo allegedly sent to GameStop and obtained by Kotaku, the newest PS3 systems will disable high definition signals. In other words you will have to use an HDMI cable to show an HD image on the new 'K' model PS3. This is pretty much a sop to the stores which flog HDMI cables at a mark up that is so great that even Steve Jobs would not try it.

Most of the PS3 users probably would not know that it is a good idea to shop around for them. However the main reason is that an HDMI connection is a protected path to your television, complete with a form of DRM called High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, or HDCP for short. It means that Sony can control over how the image is used, while limiting the possibilities for recording or duplication.

So once again Sony is miffing its users by controlling them. It is fairly clear that user protests that turn in hacks don't make the slightest bit of difference and it is better go with another console.

More here.
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+36 #1 Boomstick777 2011-07-13 12:25
Sony love to restrict PS3 users in new and exciting ways..

The PS3 that is out now is nothing like the original PS3 that was launched. Sony removed all of its best features, Backward compatinilty, USB Ports, Other os feature, LED lights, added a ton of copy right protection and firmware updates to restrict the console more but still charge a load of money for it...

Meh, Sony sucks..
 
 
+20 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-07-13 12:44
F*K the cable, if you download a movie to the PS3 from the PS Store, it can only be played by the PS3. If you delete it from the PS3 HD and put it on another drive, then you can't play it anywhere else but the PS3, nor can you buy the movie again from the PS Store! Its basically a one shot deal. I'm sure somebody probably found a way to convert the movie (after the update, I don't know) but thats too much of a hassle for my tastes when I can just get the same movie from another source. I just stay off PSN for movie downloads.
 
 
+21 #3 Medallish 2011-07-13 13:31
Quoting Warrior24_7:
F*K the cable, if you download a movie to the PS3 from the PS Store, it can only be played by the PS3. If you delete it from the PS3 HD and put it on another drive, then you can't play it anywhere else but the PS3, nor can you buy the movie again from the PS Store! Its basically a one shot deal. I'm sure somebody probably found a way to convert the movie (after the update, I don't know) but thats too much of a hassle for my tastes when I can just get the same movie from another source. I just stay off PSN for movie downloads.

Aren't you the guy who's most of the time is just trolling? It confuses me because you're completely right in this post.
 
 
+10 #4 Bors Mistral 2011-07-13 13:41
Component needs to go the way of the dinosaur already, and not just for the PS3. Same with D-SUB and other archaic connectors.

And the "stores which flog HDMI cables at a mark up that is so great that even Steve Jobs would not try it" line... Good HDMI cables can be had for under $5. People who are shelling for hoaxes like Monster Cable and such deserve to pay through the nose.
 
 
+2 #5 SlickR 2011-07-13 13:49
Hopefully Sony will suffer massive losses from the lawsuits and its PS4 will suck.
 
 
+8 #6 Boomstick777 2011-07-13 15:20
Quoting Medallish:
Aren't you the guy who's most of the time is just trolling? It confuses me because you're completely right in this post.


Haha :-D
 
 
+8 #7 Jaberwocky 2011-07-13 16:13
begins to make you wonder if Apple don't have shares in Sony and Steve Jobs advice was sought on closing down a system.

If the next PS3 or 4 comes out with a slim aluminium case then that would confirm it. :lol:
 
 
+5 #8 bardenck 2011-07-13 17:28
wouldn't the complete redesign of a system cost more than the money they would save by deleting features or at least be too close to breaking even it wasn't worth it? all the while possibly selling less of them due to the lack of features and people not purchasing a new system because it is very near the end of its lifecycle?
 
 
-16 #9 Warrior24_7 2011-07-13 18:39
Quoting Medallish:
Aren't you the guy who's most of the time is just trolling? It confuses me because you're completely right in this post.


I'm completely right all of the time, I just don't kiss @$$ in a syncronized fashion with the rest of these $h!t smears on the @$$ of anything PC or AM-DOO DOO like Buttstick777 does. :-*
 
 
+3 #10 Exodite 2011-07-13 18:42
Quoting Jaberwocky:
begins to make you wonder if Apple don't have shares in Sony and Steve Jobs advice was sought on closing down a system.



Ah no, if that were the case Sony would be requiring mini-DP for HD content rather than HDMI.
 

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