Does the PS3 really have HDMI 1.3?
Update: The PS3 now decodes both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA internally (outputting it as L-PCM), but a hardware limitation prevents it from bit-streaming the advanced audio codecs to the receiver.
It has come to our attention that the Playstation 3 doesn’t support the most important feature of HDMI version 1.3, the ability to bit stream to your receiver the new advanced audio codecs (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio).
The PS3 only supports the “Deep Color” portion of the HDMI 1.3 spec. This is confirmed on page 21 the PS3′s own manual (see picture below), which can be found here. The main problem with this scenario is that only Dolby TrueHD can be decoded and sent as PCM via HDMI, while Blu-ray titles that have DTS-HD Master Audio (all Fox titles) cannot be decoded by the PS3 (it can only extract the legacy DTS “core” stream).
We feel SONY has really misled everyone into thinking that the PS3 would be able to bit stream the new lossless audio codecs once the new HDMI 1.3 receivers come out. We feel that everyone that bought a PS3 thinking it fully supported HDMI 1.3 got ripped off, and we will continue to feel this way unless SONY can make it up to everyone by adding the ability to decode the full DTS-HD MA lossless stream in the console (then sent as PCM to receiver).
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