Sony issues correction: PS4 will not support analog output

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Sony issues correction: PS4 will not support analog output
 

 
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Update 1:30PM ET: I just got word from my Sony contact, and the official word is now “It does not support analog out.” This is extremely disappointing news for everyone involved. Sony listed analog-AV support on its official site, on the PS4 Amazon page, and even a PR representative confirmed the feature. After the $399 price announcement last week, it seems like some last minute cuts have made for substantial confusion. Even Sony itself can’t keep the details straight.

Update 11:44AM ET: Sony removed “Analog-AV out” from the tech specs page after this article went live. Unfortunately, this makes the situation even more confusing. I’ve reached out for more information from a Sony representative, and I will update as soon as more information becomes available.

HDMI is a fantastic AV interface, but with it comes a load of copy protection baggage that compromises some functionality. It’s no surprise that the Xbox One will only feature HDMI out, but what about the PS4? While there has been some significant confusion about the topic, Sony has confirmed to ExtremeTech that the PS4 will, in fact, feature analog-AV output.

On Sony’s own PS4 Tech Specs page, the company lists “Analog-AV out” as a feature. Presumably, that settles the question, right? Not quite. Since the PS4 event at E3 last week, I started to see some members of the tech and gaming press refer to the PS4 as HDMI-only. I asked around, and I was told by Giant bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann that Sony’s site had “old information.” I was left baffled at the situation, so I went straight to the source — Sony.



I emailed a press contact at Sony, and I asked “Can you confirm or deny analog-AV out support with the PS4?” Not long afterward, I received a clear and concise answer in the affirmative. The Sony representative said “The information on our website is correct.” So, as it stands, Sony has officially confirmed to ExtremeTech that analog output will be supported with the PS4.

Where did the confusion start? Partially, I believe it’s due to the ambiguous labeling of the back of the PS4. It sports an optical out, an HDMI out, an ethernet port, and an “Aux” port. It seems that most people are a.ssuming that the auxiliary port will be used exclusively with the PS4′s camera peripheral. Instead, the auxiliary port could function as a method of serving an analog signal from the PS4. It’s not confirmed how it works just yet, but that seems like the most likely scenario. Truth be told, HDMI-to-component or USB-to-component are also possible implementations.

Another point of confusion could be this press release Sony sent out during E3. It doesn’t mention the analog-AV out, so that explains why some outlets would a.ssume that there would be no analog support.



If true, the existence of analog output is outstanding news to those of us with older TVs lacking HDMI ports, but this means much more than that. High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is often enabled on devices sending out video over HDMI, and that can make capturing high definition game footage extremely difficult for outlets, like our sister site IGN. Even normal gamers are impacted because video walkthroughs and “Let’s Play” videos will become increasingly harder to accomplish using traditional means.

Since the PS3 has HDCP enabled whenever it is running video over HDMI, it makes capturing video over component the only legal way to record HD game play. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 only enables HDCP encryption when protected video is playing, so games are unaffected. The worry with HDMI-only consoles is that HDCP could stand in the way of easy video capture, and having analog output nullifies that fear completely.

Microsoft isn’t exactly in a consumer-friendly mood lately, so always-on HDCP encryption for the Xbox One is presumed at this point. That said, it has yet to be confirmed one way or the other. Whether the PS4 will have always-on HDCP encryption over HDMI remains to be seen as well, but the support for analog output puts my mind at ease.


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136 comments for "Sony issues correction: PS4 will not support analog output"

 5 years ago '05        #2
P-Hill|M 26 heat pts26
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it's a digital era. non HD users lost. There's always computer monitors though...
 5 years ago '05        #3
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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 P-Hill said:
it's a digital era. non HD users lost. There's always computer monitors though...
I'm sure e G o can write up a tutorial on how to hook up the computer monitor and the SD TV so you can have sound.
 06-18-2013, 12:17 PM         #4
esneffoelgnairt 
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bullsh*t
 06-18-2013, 12:20 PM         #5
xeduran 
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People still use analog connections?
 5 years ago '12        #6
Cubs Draco 141 heat pts141
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Half of PS3 owners still use that output.


Last edited by Cubs Draco; 06-18-2013 at 12:27 PM..
 5 years ago '12        #7
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 xeduran said:
People still use analog connections?
its mainly for headsets

i had some turtle beaches that need to be hooked up to that sh*t.


but i got wireless headsets now so i can give two fu*ks
 06-18-2013, 12:26 PM         #8
HDBeatz 
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HD or nothing.
 5 years ago '12        #9
Cubs Draco 141 heat pts141
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 HDBeatz said:
HD or nothing.
I thought Sony cared about everyone though.
 5 years ago '07        #10
moe4484 4 heat pts
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When the thread was made about Xbox going to HD only alot of people were in an uproar but now
 5 years ago '04        #11
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"bu-bu-but I shouldn't HAVE to be forced to upgrade to an HDTV"

Where the fu*k are all those Sony stans who were dogging Microsoft for this sh*t?
 5 years ago '12        #12
Cubs Draco 141 heat pts141
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 moe4484 said:
When the thread was made about Xbox going to HD only alot of people were in an uproar but now
I see it too.
 5 years ago '04        #13
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 moe4484 said:
When the thread was made about Xbox going to HD only alot of people were in an uproar but now
Exactly

"Oh, it's fine now. It's Sony, so we don't have a problem."
 5 years ago '04        #14
killadre 230 heat pts230
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Sony delivering only top quality
 5 years ago '04        #15
killadre 230 heat pts230
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I see y'all Xbox fanboys still looking to gain some pride back
 5 years ago '04        #16
EGO 55 heat pts55
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they should rename this section "Hypocrite Central" I swear
 06-18-2013, 12:36 PM         #17
LakeHawks 
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 P-Hill said:
it's a digital era. non HD users lost. There's always computer monitors though...
True that
 5 years ago '04        #18
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 Y.G. said:
I'm sure e G o can write up a tutorial on how to hook up the computer monitor and the SD TV so you can have sound.
Can't believe I missed this post

I had a ghetto setup for any ad every situation
 06-18-2013, 12:39 PM         #19
esneffoelgnairt 
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 e G o Maniac said:
Exactly

"Oh, it's fine now. It's Sony, so we don't have a problem."
no its still a giant problem, and I said the same thing in here that I did in the x1 thread ... bullsh*t.

There isnt a flying chance in fu*k that Im going to buy a console and upgrade my kids tv so he can play, this just again reinforces my flipping my launch console and waiting til christmas for my master race initiation
 5 years ago '05        #20
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