How to play my PS3 on my PC through a HDMI cable

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How to play my PS3 on my PC through a HDMI cable
Make the connection. (Brad Barket/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The technology we use for our TVs, consoles and PCs is slowly merging together, but sometimes we need a little extra knowledge to make that final connection. Most of us use our consoles through our TVs, but if the only TV in the house is being used for a must-see soap omnibus, we can avoid confrontation by plugging our PS3 into the PC. Here’s how...

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • A Sony Playstation 3
  • A PC
  • An HDMI cable
  • An HDMI to DVI adapter (optional)

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    Check your connections

  1. 1

    Check the back of your PC tower for all the connections it is possible to make. The ideal connection for your PS3 HDMI output is of course an HDMI input connection. While many PCs will have a HDMI output, this will not work. For the moment, we will assume you have a HDMI input and explain later what to do if you haven’t.

  2. 2

    Plug your HDMI lead into your PS3 output socket and your PC’s input socket. Turn on your PC and then your PS3. After a few seconds the monitor should show your PS3 interface.

  3. 3

    If you don’t have an HDMI input on your PC, check your monitor – it may have one that you can plug into as above. If your monitor has a DVI input you can buy an adapter for the end of the HDMI lead to fit it.

  4. 4

    Make sure you have the correct resolution. Once you make a connection the resolution of the screen may automatically change to the most appropriate one. If it doesn’t you may have to tinker with it yourself to get the best result.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your connections before buying any expensive leads.
  • Using the output HDMI connection on your PC will not work.

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