How to Hook Up a PlayStation 3 to an HDTV

By Aaron Wein
Connect your PS3 to your HDTV for a better picture.

Maximize your PlayStation 3 (PS3) experience by plugging it into a high-definition television (HDTV). Connect the PS3 to an HDTV using either an HDMI or component cable. After properly connecting the cables the PS3 automatically configures its video options to take full advantage of your HDTV's maximum resolution. Hooking the PS3 up to an HDTV requires a few simple cables and a few minutes of your time.

Turn off the PS3.

Plug the HDMI cable into the PS3's HDMI out plug-in or connect your component cable's output into the PS3's "AV Multi Out" plug-in. Both outputs are positioned on the rear of the PS3. You can use any HDMI cable for the PS3, but you must use a PS3-specific component cable. Depending on your purchased PS3 bundle, the system may or may not come with either an HDMI or component cable.

Plug the HDMI cable into an available HDMI input on the HDTV. If you are using a component cable, insert the five color-coded component input on the HDTV. Depending on your HDTV, HDMI and component inputs are typically located on the back or the sides of the HDTV.

Turn on the TV if it is not on already and press the "Input" or similar button to view the HDMI or component that corresponds with where you plugged the PS3 into the HDTV.

Turn on the PS3. If you are using a component cable the console automatically configures the video settings. If you are using an HDMI cable proceed to Step 6.

Choose "Yes" twice to allow the console to optimize the video and audio settings to adjust to the HDMI cable.

Tip

Plugging your PS3 into an HDTV using an HDMI cable will produce the highest video and audio quality. Some HDTVs, however, do not have HDMI inputs. See your HDTV owner's guide for available inputs.

All HDTVs have component inputs, which still output the PS3s picture in HD, but at a slightly lower quality than if an HDMI cable were used.

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.