The PlayStation 3 is positioning itself to be the only player consumers and gamers need; at least that's what Sony is hoping.

In a story from Gamasutra, HDMI Founder companies Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corp., Thomson, Inc. and Toshiba Corp. have confirmed that the PS3 will be the first home video device to offer High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3.

This new enhancement doubles "HDMI's bandwidth and adds support for Deep Color technology, a broader color space, new digital audio formats, automatic audio/video syncing capability, and an optional smaller connector for use with personal photo and video devices."

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If this wasn't enough "HDMI 1.3 also increases its single-link bandwidth from 165MHz (4.95 gigabits per second) to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support the demands of future high definition display devices, such as higher resolutions, Deep Color and high frame rates. In addition, built into the HDMI 1.3 specification is the technical foundation that will let future versions of HDMI reach significantly higher speeds."

By using HDMI 1.3, "interface-related restrictions on color selection" are removed. Essentially, all content won't be forced into fitting within a limited color set.

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