PSP Composite AV Cable Doesn't Support Games

By Eli Green
Oct 15, 2007 - 15:00

Composite AV Cable
After 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?

The 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 were running 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.

Who 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
information regarding 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.

Are 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
the 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.

The 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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No colour
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!
#1 - peter - 01/05/2009 - 12:03
1: I'm surprised you're even getting part of a signal for your gaming in the first place.

2: The DVD player probably won't help unless you've got the component cables.

3: As I noted, Sony did actually label the packages for both cables with their abilities.

4: Finally, sorry to say, but I don't know much about the way SCART works.
#2 - Eli Green - 01/19/2009 - 14:21
CAN PSP 3004 works fine with SONY Wega TV. Please reply? As Iam going to purchase it.
#3 - Shailesh Chavan - 02/05/2009 - 04:38
Only the cables/inputs should make a difference
Hi Shailesh,

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.
#4 - Eli Green - 02/06/2009 - 10:28
i didn't know that there were two types of cable until i was able to read this thread of yours. a big thanks! ;-)
#5 - louie - 03/15/2009 - 04:40
Glad to help
Always glad to help. I'm surprised this article is still as popular as it is.
#6 - Eli Green - 03/15/2009 - 14:47
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! ;-)
#7 - louie - 03/17/2009 - 07:45
No Change
As far as I know, they didn't change the way the cables work. That said, the composite cables should still only allow you to listen to music, watch videos or view pictures with your PSP.

The component cables give full access to all of the PSP's features while connected to a TV.
#8 - Eli Green - 03/17/2009 - 16:54
Composite lead with PSP 3000
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.

#9 - williamus - 03/22/2009 - 05:51
I only get black and white
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.
HELP!! :-( :-(
#10 - Mr Cheese - 04/11/2009 - 04:23
PSP 3000 component cable : NO COLOUR
but still no COLOURRRR. still with the component cable with 5 jack-things. should i get the composite one WILLIAMUS?
#11 - Mr Cheese - 04/11/2009 - 04:26
Red Cable mixup?
I've got a feeling you mixed up your red audio cable with your red video cable. Let me know if that helps.
#12 - Eli Green - 04/13/2009 - 11:52
Composite = NTSC
The PSP composite cable is NTSC and will be black & white on PAL televisions.
To play in colour on a PAL TV you need a component or S-Video lead.
#13 - Nitpicker - 04/28/2009 - 13:36
I've got a question, if I connect the psp-dvd with the component cable, then the dvd-tv with a simple one, will it work ?
my tv supports NTSC and 60hz...
#14 - teddy - 05/22/2009 - 01:52
No guarantees
Hi Teddy,

I can't guarantee that will work. You can give it a shot, but since the PSP runs at a higher resolution, it may not function properly.
#15 - Eli Green - 05/22/2009 - 11:32
Just the Availability
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.

#16 - Ahmud - 08/31/2009 - 07:50
Sony should be more clear
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.
#17 - mauserr - 08/31/2009 - 11:17
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!!
#18 - Enrique - 10/13/2009 - 15:12
Composite Works!
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.
#19 - Tim - 12/24/2009 - 02:53
You can play games using composite cable on sd tv or in any tv :- )
As i stated you can play games using composite cable on any tv, beneficiary for those no HD TV how?
molacules@yahoobubblegum just ask me hehehe :-)
#20 - molacules - 12/27/2009 - 07:29
Dude thanks a lot. This info saved me in wasting money on something that was not right. Anyways, thank you again. I'll share this info to other people & other PSP fanatics as well.;-)
#21 - Robert - 01/08/2010 - 04:08
Does not let you play games
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. :-[]
#22 - Eric - 01/29/2010 - 15:07
yes man you can play games with the help of a plug-in for psp ;-)
#23 - molacules - 04/04/2010 - 09:34
Black and White!
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-(:-(
#24 - Gabi B. - 04/07/2010 - 08:28
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!
#25 - JB - 07/12/2010 - 16:04

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