How to Connect a PS1 to a TV

Updated July 20, 2017

The PlayStation or PS1 is the first of a series of gaming consoles developed by Sony. First released in 1994, the PlayStation features two controller ports and two memory card ports. In 2005 the PlayStation became the first console to sell over 100 million units. Sony no longer designs games for use on the PS1 nor does it have the ability to play games built for other PlayStation consoles. The most common way to connect a PlayStation unit to a TV is through its proprietary AV cable included with each console.

Locate the PlayStation AV cable supplied with the console. Ensure this cable has three AV connectors (red, white, and yellow) and the proprietary PlayStation male connector.

Identify the AV cable ports on the TV you wish to connect. Many units feature more than one set of ports both in the front and back. Connect the AV cable to the TV by matching corresponding colours and inserting the male ends of the cable.

Locate the input port on the back of the PlayStation console (on the right). Insert the AV cable, taking care to align the connection.

Test the connection by connecting the power adaptor and turning on both the PlayStation and TV.


If the TV is monaural, only connect the white and yellow AV plugs.

Things You'll Need

  • PlayStation AV connection cable
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Robert Spearing began writing in 2005 as a contributor for the “Monmouth College Courier." He brings expertise in biology, health and fitness topics. Spearing holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and classics from Monmouth College in Illinois.