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How to Hook Up a PS2 to an Old TV and VCR

Updated February 21, 2017

An old TV might still produce audio and video acceptable for a gaming system, such as a PlayStation 2, but it might not be equipped with jacks for connecting the console. Older TVs use a coaxial jack to hook up an antenna or cable service, but a PS2 uses composite AV connections. One way to get around this incompatibility is to connect the gaming console to a VCR, then connect the VCR to the TV. Two types of cables are needed.

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  1. Connect the rectangular black plug on one end of the PS2 cables to the back of the gaming system by pushing the plug straight into the jack.

  2. Insert the yellow, red and white plugs on the other end of the cables into the colour-coded AV IN jacks on the VCR.

  3. Turn the threaded coupler on one end of the coaxial cable clockwise around the RF OUT jack on the VCR, then connect the coupler on the other end to the RF IN jack on the back of the TV. Tighten the couplers by hand to secure the cable.

  4. Turn on the PS2, VCR and TV, then set the TV to channel 3 or 4.

  5. Press the "Input" button on the VCR repeatedly until the PS2 signal appears on the TV.

  6. Tip

    Disconnect the PS2 from the VCR and connect a television source signal such as a cable or satellite receiver to the same jacks on the VCR to record TV programming.


    Unplug the gaming console, VCR and TV from the electricity while connecting the cables.

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Things You'll Need

  • PS2 composite AV cable, which comes with the gaming system
  • Coaxial cable with threaded coupler on each end

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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