How to Connect a PS2 to a TV

Updated April 17, 2017

A PlayStation 2 controller can transform any mild-mannered kid or adult into a speeding race car driver, a cunning ninja, a time traveller out to save the world or just about anything else. However, before you can escape to the various worlds PS2 games create, you have to connect your system to your television. Thankfully, setting up your new toy is easier than mastering how to play it.

Turn off your television.

Turn your PS2 console so you can see all the access points in the rear of the machine and connect the audio-visual cable to the PS2 console. The AV cable has three coloured plugs at one end and a rectangular metal piece at the other; plug the cable's metal insert into the first rectangular port from the right on the PS2, which is the AV multi-out connector outlet.

Plug the AV cable's yellow, white and red plugs into your TV's AV inputs, which can be located in the back of the set, on the side or right in front and are colour-coded in the same manner as the plugs. Match the plugs with the ports based on colour. If you have a monaural set, there will only be a yellow and a white port--if this is the case, don't worry about the red plug, just leave it hanging.

Turn your PS2 console back around so you can see the front. Connect your controllers, which have ports on the front of the console, on the bottom left corner.

Link your AC adaptor to the AC power cord. The adaptor is the electrical box with a cord coming out of one end; the power cord has an electrical socket on one end and a plug on the other. Simply insert the power cord's plug into the matching port in the rear of the adaptor block.

Plug your AC adaptor into the PS2. The port is located on the rear of the console, on the far right. Plug the other end of the AC power cord into an electrical socket.

Things You'll Need

  • PlayStation 2 console
  • TV with AV hookups
  • AC adaptor
  • AC power cord
  • AV cable
  • PlayStation 2 controller(s)
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Erica Tambien began writing professionally in 1999. She is a freelance writer and communications consultant living in Reno, Nev. Her work has since appeared on various websites and for KOLO-TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nevada-Reno.