receiving complaints from a small number of PSP owners telling us
that they couldn't use their new PSP to play games on their
televisions, even though they bought the AV cable, I decided to find
out what exactly was going on. Why weren't they able to play their
games on their televisions, even though they bought the PSP and
cables that support video-out?
answer to that question is quite simple. Not all types of the PSP AV
cables support playing games on television. It turns out, the problem
that these people wererunning into was that they bought the PSP
Composite AV cable to connect their PSP
Component AV Cable
to their televisions, not the
Component AV cable. Only the Component AV cable supports the ability
to play PSP games on television, and only on televisions that support
progressive scan. If you own a new PSP (one that
has the video-out port) be wary. The only way you will be able to
play your PSP games on your television is if you are using the
Component AV cable and have them connected to a television that
supports progressive scan.
is to blame for these people finding this out the hard way? Is it
Sony? Well, not exactly. I checked with Sony and was told that the
company made sure to clearly label both the front and the back of the
packaging, for both types of cables, with the
Composite AV Cable Pack
each cable type's abilities. The Composite AV cable packaging is
marked, “Enjoy photos, videos, and music on your TV”, while the
Component AV cable packaging reads, “Enjoy photos, videos, music
and games on your TV”. Sony also has all of the information
regarding the cables easily available on its websites.
retailers to blame? Again, not exactly. Not all retail
representatives would have known that only one of the cable types
supports gameplay, while the other doesn't. They would naturally
assume that all types of the PSP AV cables would support everything
the PSP is capable of doing. What about consumers? Again, the answer
is no. Like the retail representatives I just spoke about,
Component AV Cable Pack
likelihood is that most consumers would assume that all types of the
PSP AV cables would support everything the PSP is capable of doing.
In a lot of cases, even if they asked a representative, they might
get that same answer because that representative was unaware that
there were any differences between the cables aside from picture
quality. So there is no single party at fault for this issue.
important thing is that people know. So if you know someone who has a
new PSP and wants to play games on their television, make sure to let
them know that they need the Component AV cable and a progressive
scan capable television. They'll thank you for saving them a trip
back to the store.