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How can I connect my PS3 to my PC monitor?

zorrofox

Established Member
Hi. Here's where I'm at. I own a PS3 which is currently in the living room connected to my TV via HDMI. However, with the imminent arrival of GT5 my wife says I have to make alternative arrangements.

I want to connect my PS3 to my PC monitor. The monitor has VGA and DVI inputs. I currently use the DVI for my PC and I don't want to bother with the VGA. Would it be possible to hook up the PS3 via HDMI and the PC via DVI to some sort of switch box?

Maybe this one...?

HDMI/DVI CROSS OVER SELECTOR : Xbox, Playstation, Wii games accessories Coventry | Audio video specialists Midlands | Jack Of All Games UK

I'll run the audio from the PC via stereo phono leads to my amplifier.

Does this sound like it will work or is there an easier (less expensive?) way?

Thanks for taking the time. Can't wait for GT5 :thumbsup:
 

Samorlg

Established Member
I don't know what your expectations are but I think just buy the two cables, one VGA for com and one HDMI to DVI for PS3, surely the cheapest way without too much compromise.
 

zorrofox

Established Member
I don't want to run VGA because it's crap. I need DVI for my PC and I hoped I would be able to connect my PS3 without buying a new monitor. Surely this not impossible?
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Because it is "crap" on your monitor or because "you think" it is crap? Technically there is nothing wrong with VGA and the standard has more than enough bandwidth for 1080p. If you monitor is not displaying 1080p correctly or not playing nice with a connected device then that is a separate problem
 

zorrofox

Established Member
Are you saying that connecting my PS3 via VGA will give me the same quality as if I were connecting via DVI? If so that's news to me. I hope you're right though.
 

silvercue

Distinguished Member
Are you saying that connecting my PS3 via VGA will give me the same quality as if I were connecting via DVI? If so that's news to me. I hope you're right though.

I used to use VGA on my 360 and it was an incredible picture, can appear a little "washed out", but a few adjustments and it is great. I use HDMI now for 360 and it looks just the same.

How big is the PC monitor? If it is less that 22" I doubt you will notice any difference anyway.

If you have a high end PC - remember they look better than PS3 games anyway - you may notice this up close.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Are you saying that connecting my PS3 via VGA will give me the same quality as if I were connecting via DVI? If so that's news to me. I hope you're right though.
I do not want to provide absolutes because I cannot guarantee anything when I am not in the presence of your monitor and your gadgets. But technically, there is no issue with using VGA for 1080p gaming. Plenty of design people use VGA for photo and video editing far above the comparatively paltry resolution of 1080p

As I said if you monitor is not displaying 1080p correctly over VGA or your console is not playing nice, then that is a separate matter. Easiest thing is to buy or borrow a VGA cable and test before making alternative plans
 

zorrofox

Established Member
Thanks everyone. The monitor is a Samsung Syncmaster 226BW and it works perfectly, although it's only ever been connected via DVI. The graphics card is an nVidia 7800GTX, old but still does the business. So what you guys are suggesting is that I buy a connector which converts the HDMI to DVI and use that for the PS3 and connect the PC via VGA?
 

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