How to connect a PS3 to a TV without hdmi

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How to connect a PS3 to a TV without hdmi
The PS3 supports standard composite cables. (jack audio-video image by Andrea Riva from

The PS3 supports high definition gaming and can even play Blu-ray discs. The HDMI cable is the highest quality audio video cable that can be used with the PS3. However, that doesn't mean you have to connect your TV via HDMI. Many televisions don't support HDMI. Thankfully, the PS3 has many other audio video options, including composite, component and S-video.

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Things you need

  • PS3 component cable
  • PS3 composite cable
  • PS3 S-video

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    Connect your PS3 to your television via component, composite S-video

  1. 1

    Turn off your PS3 gaming console.

  2. 2

    Unplug your PS3 HDMI cable from the HDMI port on the back of the console if necessary.

  3. 3

    Plug the single end of either your component, composite or S-video cable into the PS3's "AV Multi Out" port, located on the back of the console.

  4. 4

    Plug the other end of your cable into the corresponding input on your television. Each should be labelled on the back of your television.

Tips and warnings

  • Almost every TV should have composite cable audio video inputs. This type of audio video cable is for standard definition. The inputs come colour-coded red (right audio), white (left audio) and yellow (video.) Plug each jack into its corresponding colour.
  • S-video cables are also for standard definition viewing and comes with three jacks: S-video (video) and white and red for audio.
  • Component cables offers high definition video and has five colour-coded plug-ins: green, blue and red (video) and white and red (audio.)

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