PS3 gears up for Blu-Ray

When it comes to the PS3, it doesn’t take much to get us to raise our Meerkat heads: even news that it’ll support the latest version of a socket gets

When it comes to the PS3, it doesn’t take much to get us to raise our Meerkat heads: even news that it’ll support the latest version of a socket gets us twitching.

Yup, those two HDMI ports on the back of the future Playstation – the ones that’ll let you play Hellboy across two monster LCDs – will be future-proofed with the new version of HDMI, 1.3.

What 1.3 basically does is pump more data down our next-generation Scart cables, meaning you can watch billions, not millions, of colours, revel in higher contrast ratios than previously possible and generally enjoy a very nice hi-def picture.

It’s worth mentioning, too, that when the PS3 hits shops here in November, it’ll be able to do higher hi-def than the Xbox 360. Where the Xbox tops out at 1080i – one of the formats Sky is currently broadcasting its HD channels in – the PS3 goes all the way up to the better-looking 1080p.

There’s only one other thing you need to know about HDMI 1.3, and that’s the addition of a new mini connector/adapter that’ll plug into future portable photo and video gadgets. How does a HDMI Archos AV500 sound?

Get the full low-down on 1.3. over here.