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Double the HDMI, twice the fun

The fine folks over at EvilAvatar and MagicBox are reporting that the low-end PS3 isn't the only PS3 to gain an HDMI port. According to their TGS information, the 60GB version will now have not one, but two HDMI ports. Like me, you maybe asking yourself: "What the hell?" Here's Sony's alleged answer.

"Ken Kutaragi announced that the 20GB version of PlayStation 3 will come with one HDMI port, and the 60GB version will have two HDMI ports for super letterbox display on side-by-side HDTVs."

If this is true and not a translation error of some sort (which is my guess), then the PS3 is really getting into some esoteric territory. First, they're pushing 1080p even though it represents less than 1% of 1% of all TVs (though the market will catch up during the PS3s planned 10 year lifecycle). Now, Sony may be providing an option to drive two HDTVs at the same time.

There's only one way this makes sense to me: multi-player> It would actually be cool to have one PS3 drive a single multi-player game on two separate TVs rather than having to resort to splitscreen on one. This could work in Japan's large arcade market. Before you rush off and buy matching HDTVs, let's see how this one pans out.

[Via MagicBox]

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1. hopefully this is true

Posted at 9:47AM on Sep 23rd 2006 by andrew 0 stars

2. Wow.. Sonys going back to what was first slated for the box..

Wasnt that said at E3 05 when they release the first Deets..

This is sweet.. (im still waiting to see a new price for us in US)

Posted at 10:43AM on Sep 23rd 2006 by Thomas 0 stars

3. Not likely, makes very little sense.

By the way, do these hardware revisions mean they still haven't started pumping out PS3s for launch?

Posted at 12:19PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by insane_cobra 0 stars

4. yes ps3's are being manufactured. there was a post either on here or joystiq a couple days ago showing them being boxed

Posted at 12:51PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by theburn16 0 stars

5. @insane_cobra

They may have been manufacturing them to these new specifications, but just not have announced it until now.

Posted at 12:46PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by Silver R. Wolfe 0 stars

6. If it is true, then that is awesome.
That was the only slightly negative Jab that the XBox360 Fanboys had about the $499 version of the PS3.
They were trying to equate the $499 version as worthless as the $299 XBox360 Core system. Although it was hardly a negative point in the 1st Place, Lack of HDMI is a Mile away from not Including a Frickin Hard Drive.

Posted at 6:10PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by Scott Krueger. 0 stars

7. Hmm, thats pretty insane though if you think about it. Imagine what you can do with that.

I believe Gran Turismo HD is still deep in development? 2 player with FULL screens? 4 player with 2 split screens? Thats freaking awesome.

MGS4 Multiplayer?! Haha, Old snake and Middle aged raiden battling it out? thats sick.

or like Resistance? Now you have the chance of making it impossible to screen look =P

Posted at 7:10PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by Dahk 0 stars

8. I would wait on confirmation from Sony on this, but if true, the PS3 just got better!

Posted at 7:30PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by AG 0 stars

9. nice. useless for most people but nice.

Posted at 9:15PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by ozymandias 0 stars

10. Because everyone will have TWO HDTVs close enough to use it. I know a lot of people that have two 58 inch HDTVs that actually accept HDMI.

Posted at 11:31PM on Sep 23rd 2006 by Sponge 0 stars

11. If that was sarcasm it sorta died in the end, spongeman. It sounded real but then its freaking text so whatever.

Anyway, its good because PS3 is preparing its LIFE. Its planning ahead and its STILL going to rock three years from now. HDTV is slowly making its boom into houses, and in a few years, PS3 will still be alive and freaking deadly. Esp when the new standard is going to be HDMI. Unlike 360 who finally added hddvd and didnt bother to include HDMI.

Posted at 12:22AM on Sep 24th 2006 by Dahk 0 stars

12. How can HDMI become standard, when component isn't even standard now? (Trying to be, though)

HDMI won't be a standard 3 years from, still

Posted at 1:22AM on Sep 24th 2006 by Adam 0 stars

13. Most folks can't afford one HDTV yet alone 2. Put this into the BS column.

Posted at 3:58AM on Sep 24th 2006 by Munchie 1 star

14. 12> Component seems pretty standard to me (I haven't seen a TV for sale in the last two years that didn't have a component imput, with the exception of a black&white portable TV).

I remember a couple of E3s ago when Sony announced the PS3 would have dual HDMI. It's pretty cool if you have two HDTVs for multiplayer, but a little superflous (even on the PC, there's few if any games that support dual-screen for anything other than spanning, and that usually sucks because your image center is not in empty space).
It might be useful for a map or inventory screen like some games on the DS use, though you could probably do that with a HD and SD screen combo.

Posted at 7:58AM on Sep 24th 2006 by EdZ 0 stars

15. wishy washy Sony. isnt this exactly what the original plan was? i wish they would make their minds up and stop changing stuff. we'll be lookin at the boomerang controller again pretty soon if they keep this up lol.

Posted at 1:34AM on Sep 25th 2006 by B1gC72 0 stars

16. Hey all! I don't know if this is an appropriate place to put this comment, but it kind of makes sense. I just checked our big ol' TV here at my place (my roommates, really) and discovered that it has all the necessary plugs for me to get a 1080p picture. Please correct me if I'm wrong (I'm software oriented, not hardware!) but I found component cables, VGA (same thing?) cables, and an HDMI port. I'm excited. I thought I wouldn't be able to do this since the TV is a few years old. Again, let me know if I need something else to get that 1080p and bring you guys the best news possible come November!

Posted at 1:56AM on Sep 25th 2006 by ndoerr 1 star

17. Ndoerr, Just because your tv has all the inputs up to HDMI doesn't mean that your set is capable of 1080P. And judging by how old you state the set is, It probably isn't 1080P. The native resolution is 720P with ability to upscale to 1080i.

Posted at 12:30PM on Sep 25th 2006 by Kame 0 stars

18. @ Kame -- okay, thanks. I know its default it set to 1080i (according to the display menu... it could be lying) so at least I'll have that. Makes sense, since I could never get progressive scan to work for the PS2. Then again, I didn't use any special cables for the PS2 either. Eh. Technology.

Posted at 12:52PM on Sep 25th 2006 by ndoerr 1 star

19. Cool Sony!

I was disappointed when I heard that Sony was to drop the dual HDMI-output.
One PS3 and two screens... That’s an obvious implementation, but I’ve been thinking...

Could it be that in a not too far away future, that we will see a virtual reality-kit from Sony and that the dual-HDMI-output will be used for sterioscopic-3D?

This maybe a bit pricy today, but what will two small LCDs or OLEDs cost in the near future? The motion-sensing technology is already in place and with their new “smart” Eye-Toy camera that can differentiate a person from its surroundings I think this could happen!

I think and I sure hope that Sony has this ace up their sleeve! Come on Sony make this happen PLEASE!!! Do not make us wait until PS4!!!

Posted at 12:33PM on Sep 25th 2006 by Christofer Ahlcrona (Sweden) 0 stars

20. who cares. sony and many of its developers already have said most games can not run in 1080p and is going to 720p for most of the games because of frame rate isues. now multiplayer is the only reason theis would be sweet, but if you have a good online service then it realy does not matter. how many people wnat to lug a 42" flat screen over to there budies to play some games, not me.

Posted at 4:09PM on Sep 25th 2006 by joe 0 stars

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