Updated on February 23, 2015: clarified video output format option
The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) was one of the earliest Blu-ray disc players available, and it is still one of the best. However, the console requires a few adjustments to fully optimize its audio and video capabilities. Also, the PlayStation 3 hardware has changed over the years and earlier units often require a different configuration compared to more recent models. The flexibility of the PlayStation console makes it easy to customize it to the capabilities of the home theater gear it is connected to, and this guide will help PS3 owners improve its audio and video output when playing Blu-ray and DVD content.
I routed my first generation PS3 through the DVDO AVLab TPG to verify its output during Blu-ray playback. The Video Output Format setting was configured to Automatic, and the PS3 did output YCbCr encoded video with Blu-ray playback as noted in Input Color Space result in the image below. The PS3 switched back to 8-bit RGB output after exiting Blu-ray playback.