How to Play My PS3 on My PC Through a HDMI Cable

By Chang Lin
Your computer monitor can be used as a playback device if your PC has HDMI capabilities.

As one of the major entertainment media consoles, the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) offers users an overall media experience with built-in Blu-ray technology, high definition gameplay, digital file storage, Internet-surfing capabilities and more. The HDMI cable allows the PS3 console to transfer high-definition information to any external device with HDMI ports, such as a computer monitor or television screen. With a compatible video port or an adapter, you can use your PC as a playback device for your PlayStation 3.

Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the PlayStation 3 console and the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on your PC. If your PC does not have an HDMI port, you will need to purchase a video card or adapter. Make sure you identify the type of video port you have so you know which adapter or video card to purchase. The most popular video ports on PC computers are DVI, HDMI, composite S-Video and VGA.

Turn on your PC once both ends of the HDMI cable are connected. Turning on your PC before powering on your PS3 device will allow the PC to recognize the gaming console once it is turned on.

Power on your PS3 by pressing and holding the "Power" button for five to six seconds or until you hear a series of two quick "beeping" noises. Once you have heard the beeping noises, release the "Power" button.

Wait for your PC monitor to configure with the PlayStation 3 console. Most PCs should recognize the PS3 device and configure the resolution automatically. If your computer does not configure automatically, change your PC's video settings to accommodate the gaming console.

About the Author

Chang Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.