How to View Your PSP Screen on a Computer Monitor

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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The PSP has a large LCD screen for a portable device, but viewing it on a computer monitor will reveal details and nuances of games being played that are not possible to see on a smaller screen. Viewing the PSP screen on a computer monitor requires a PSP to VGA adaptor because the video output of the PSP is not normally compatible with computer monitors. The PSP to VGA adaptor will let you view your PSP screen on the computer monitor and play games in a normal fashion without any slowdown of the video picture that would negatively affect game play. Using the PSP to VGA adaptor will not damage the PSP in any way.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • PSP
  • PSP digital video cable
  • PSP to VGA adaptor

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the mini plug end of the PSP digital video cable into to the AV jack at the top of the PSP that is located by the release switch of the UMD drive.

  2. 2

    Attach the Red, Blue and Green Component cables at the other end of the PSP digital video cable to the Component input of the PSP to VGA adaptor, like the PSP To PC: YPbPR to VGA Converter Box (see the link in Resources).

  3. 3

    Attach the left and right audio cables that are at the same end as the Component cables on the PSP digital video cable to the left and right audio inputs of the PSP to VGA adaptor. Plug the PSP to VGA adaptor into the wall socket for power.

  4. 4

    Attach one end of the VGA cable to the VGA output of the PSP to VGA adaptor. Attach the other end of the VGA cable to the VGA input of the computer monitor. Turn the PSP on. Turn the PSP to VGA adaptor on. Turn the computer monitor on.

  5. 5

    Press the "Menu" button on the PSP to VGA adaptor and navigate to the "Resolution" settings. Select a resolution that matches the computer monitor, such as "1024 x 768" from the list of resolution settings. Press the "OK" button on the screen to select and use the resolution. Press the "Menu" button again to exit the menu.

  6. 6

    Insert a game disc into the PSP's UMD drive. Wait for the game to load. Play the game while watching the game on the computer monitor, instead of on the PSP's screen.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different resolutions to find the one that looks the best to you when viewing the PSP on the computer monitor.
  • The first-generation PSP does not have video out capabilities.

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