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.
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I have a TV with SCART plug.
I use the SCART cable with AV outputs (yellow, white, red) from playstation 1 and connect it with the PSP through a component AV cable.
I get image but in black and white.
The problem is my TV isn't it? A composite cable won't let me play games, right?
My DVD-player has all the inputs for the component AV cable, can I connect the PSP through the DVD-player?
Sony should inform about all the parameters!
Your television shouldn't really make much of a difference in the matter. It's what cables you use and whether or not your television has the inputs to support those cables.
Specifically, if your WEGA has component inputs, then you will be able to purchase the component cable and then use the PSP as you regularly would. If it's only got the composite (yellow, red and white) inputs, then you'll only be able to purchase the composite cable and do everything but play games.
hey Eli its me again. i just want to ask if do i need all these five cables to be plugged in to be able to play games? the other two is not necessary? i'm planning to buy the component av cable but my friend told me that composite cable is fine, he said that i just need "FUSA" plugin or something. thanks!
I think you'll find that the composite lead (three phono jacks) works with vids and games on the PSP300. I believe that it's something to do with the way the 3000 interlaces its video output, though that's way too techie for me. The other advantage (I think again) is that you no longer need a TV with progressive scan. A major improvement (for me at least)which seems to have gone almost unnoticed. I think you should be able to use a scart adapter too. Useful for using in hotels etc.
i have the component av cable pack, and it connects fine but i cant get it in any colour. ive tried changing all the settings and everything, but it doesnt help. i can play games, but theres no colour for them either; and it switches to a smaller screen.
In my case i bought the composite AV cable because i simply didn't have thought input sockets in my TV, then i remembered that i told the guy to bring me the Composite one because it's the most relaible solution for my TV, not everyone is having a TV with those 5 sockets in his TV, this is what i did think of, and i think also along with the lack of knowledge of the Retailer and the customer, i really didn't think much closer until seeing this little talk.
I'm sorry to disagree, but i think that Sony is to blame. If the composite cable does not allows gaming, the package should explicitly say that the composite cable does not allows gaming on TV. In BIG letters.
Thanks so much for this tip, i really needed,I was kind of upset thinking that i spend my money in something unusable or psp on tv was just to watch videos or pics, but i'll check on that to see if it work!!
Hey guys just wanted to fill you all in i have an old model tv that does not support progressive scan, even then i do own a psp 3000 series and every where i look everyone is saying that you can not play games with the composite cables. well i beg to differ with the 3000 series if you use the composite cables and turn off progressive scan and use interlace instead you will be able to enjoy movies photos music and even games no problem and with COLOR works for me just fine and my tv was purchased early 90's. hopes this helps you give it a try i gaurantee it'll work.
Yes, the Component, 3 headed one, does not let you play games, even on older TVs, sorry to let you down Tim, but I've tried here with 3 different TVs, an old Toshiba that even supports video composite ( ColorStream as they call it ) another old one LG, that only supports AV, one video (yellow) and one white (sound) and still I've got the same message, that the game/tv must be on progressive mode, ok, they are old ones, but then I tried on my child, a 40' FullHD Samsung 5 Series, aaand.... ta da... not working... what a pity.
I have an american bought psp and recently moved to the UK. I purchased the component AV cables so i can play it on my TV but it's black and white , i saw it was mentioned a few times in the comments but i still don't understand how to fix the problem. How on earth do i get it to work in colour!?bubblegum-(
No I think it is Sony to blame, at least it is now, because you can only find these cables online now, so you can't read the packaging, and on Sony's *very own* product page for this: bubblegum:bubblegumus.playstationbubblegum/psp/accessories/scph-98548.html , it clearly states "Simply plug your PSP® into your TV or monitor with the correct cable, and you'll be enjoying all of the game, movie or video thrills of your PSP's LCD screen on the big screen!" I came very close to buying it to play games on tv based on that product page stating that - luckily when I went looking for it online I found out I would have been out of luck... This sucks!