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PlayStation 3 to Support HDMI 1.3

The seven HDMI Founder companies (Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corp., Thomson, Inc. and Toshiba Corp.) today released a major enhancement of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification, the de facto standard digital interface for high definition consumer electronics. HDMI 1.3 will enable the next generation of HDTVs, PCs and DVD players to transmit and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy.

The HDMI 1.3 specification more than doubles HDMI’s bandwidth and adds support for Deep Color technology, a broader color space, new digital audio formats, automatic audio/video synching capability (“lip sync”), and an optional smaller connector for use with personal photo and video devices. The update reflects the determination of the HDMI founders to ensure HDMI continues evolving ahead of future consumer demands.

The update arrives at a time of strong momentum for the HDMI standard. HDMI Licensing, LLC today announced that more than 400 makers of consumer electronics and PC products worldwide have adopted HDMI. Market researcher In-Stat expects 60 million devices featuring HDMI to ship in 2006.

“PLAYSTATION 3 will be the most advanced computer platform for enjoying a wide range of entertainment content, including the latest games and HD movies, in the home,” said Ken Kutaragi, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. “By introducing the next-generation HDMI 1.3 technology, with its high speed and deep color capabilities, PS3 will push the boundaries of audiovisual quality to the next level of more natural and smoother expression on the latest large flat panel displays.”

"HDMI is an established cornerstone for the whole High Definition TV industry and Philips is extremely pleased to see such significant improvements for picture and sound quality with this new version,” said Johan van de Ven, CTO and Senior Vice President of Philips Consumer Electronics. “We look forward to continuing to work with other HDMI Founder companies to extend the scope of HDMI across new devices and applications, while remaining entirely committed to ensuring full backward compatibility with existing products."

With the adoption of Deep Color and the xvYCC color space, HDMI 1.3 removes the previous interface-related restrictions on color selection. The interface will no longer be a constraining pipe that forces all content to fit within a limited set of colors, unlike all previous video interfaces.

Source: Press Release via Syncgaming.com

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HyperBear3750d ago (Edited 3750d ago )

Its about time we hear one good thing about the PS3, one of its main features, HDMI, will be version 1.3 and itll support the latest in HD Tv's and Gaming, cant wait to get it.

FamoAmo3750d ago

Glad to hear some good news for once. With the HDMI you are guaranteed crisp clear picture.. Some TV's out already don't support them but most all new HD TV's do!!

HyperBear3750d ago

this could be the start of some good news involving the PS3's specifications. Lets just keep it going, and Sony Fanboys, you guys need a life. I dont see how Xbox 360 sucks. Some Sony Fanboy, please enlighten me. PLEASE!

AuburnTiger3749d ago

Xbox hasn't even come up in this post, so what are you talking about? The damn Xbox has nothing at all to do with this, so why be the first to bring it up? Like most of the comments that i've seen you leave you just like to start drama.

Asuka3750d ago

HDMI is indeed a plus!!

TheMART3750d ago

PSZero shouldn't care anymore if it's version 1.3 or 1.2 or 3.6 or whatever because they go bankrupt, 600 million dollar loss first 3 months of 2006

OutpostCommand3750d ago

TheMART, go away you child.
However Ive got a question-
Ive already got a HDTV.
Is this HDMI 1.3 something that will come with future HDTVs, or is HDMI 1.3 just a signal type.

HyperBear3750d ago

Its just a signal type, or version type. All HDMI cables work the same way, but its like MSN. They come out with a new version about once every several months. Same kind of thing, just different version. Dont worry, Your ok.

HyperBear3750d ago

if you have an HDMI Input in the back of your tv. but if all you have is an HDTV with no HDMI, then srry, your gonna have to find one with it.

kingboy3750d ago

strange! first comment not from an xbox user.

FamoAmo3750d ago

You got Users of the 360 like me and you got Fanboys!!

HyperBear3750d ago

Im a user of the Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, and Xbox. That doesnt mean im a fanboy of any brand, its just i prefere Xbox and PS over anything made by Nintendo, cause lets face it, nintendo is for gamers that are new to gaming or are little kids, or your in a family and you want your children to be playing E rated games.

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