Sony has indeed confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will slowly work out analog HD support. First, component cables for the next release will stop outputting HD, and by December 13th, 2013, the PS3 will no longer support Blu-Ray playback on anything but HDMI output.
Sony has confirmed that this is according to AACS mandates, not only to unify technologies, but it’s meant to reduce pirating as well — as the AACS is the entity in charge of protecting copyrighted material for licensed Blu-Ray players.
Even yet, the PS3 will still be able to output analog HD for gaming and streaming content until further notice.
“The reports are accurate. The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards. PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content,” says Sony PR.