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by Mike Zazaian September 22, 2006 - 12:01pm, 5 Comments

A new addition to the PS3 connector family

Some surprise updates for Sony’s upcoming Playstation 3 might make it more appealing to frustrated playstation enthusiasts.

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO and media darling Ken Kutaragi announced at the Tokyo Game Show this morning that all PS3 units worldwide will include an HDMI 1.3 port. Initially, Sony intended to include HDMI support only on its high-end PS3 models. HDMI, or High Definition Multimedia Interface is a sconnection capable of transmitting uncompressed high-definition video and plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Kutaragi said of the HDMI addition:

The importance of HDMI has come earlier than expected.

The addition of HDMI would give the Playstation 3 unprecedented picture and audio quality for HDTV owners, a feature that Sony’s been trying to hammer home with consumers since the console’s debut at E3 in 2005. It may also be a reaction to Microsoft’s recent announcement that the Xbox 360 will get 1080p support via a simple software upgrade. As Sony’s 1080p superiority was a key marketing point, they’ll likely shift their energies to boasting their HDMI connection to consumers.

An HDMI connector plug

Sony also announced a considerable price cut for the low-end 20GB PS3 units in Japan, slashing the price from ¥62,790 to a more reasonable ¥49,800, or roughly &$36;425 US. Pricing for the same units remain at $499 for those sold in the US, although anything’s possible now that Sony’s cut Japanese pricing. Kutaragi himself was once quoted as saying that the #&36;500 and #&36;600 price tags for the low and high-end PS3 units was Probably too cheap. Sorry, Ken, we’re not all the CEO of Sony like you are.

[via engadget]