PS3 Help. (in Off-topic)

[The Wretched]Freekie [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 3:34 PM EDT

Just got one after all this time to find i cant hook it up to my TVs... Been searching forums around to find out about a RF adapter, and found some people say PS2 RF adapter work and some say it doesnt. Can anyone confirm this or know of a PS3 RF adapter?

bartjan May 13 2010 3:44 PM EDT

No idea if it exists or not, but you will probably be disappointed by the image quality.
Most games really do expect to be played on a HD TV. I still have a "3D" TV (judging by its depth ;) and with that I don't really enjoy playing games, as the TV is lacking detail.
With a RF adapter, image quality will be even worse than in my situation (the PS/3 is connected to my TV with a SCART connector).

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 3:45 PM EDT

Since an RF adapter takes the RCA signals and converts it to a coax or "antenna prong" form factor, I'm not sure how any RCA-to-antenna adapter wouldn't work.

An alternative would be to grab any old accessory (like a VCR) that has RCA inputs and a way to hook to the TV (I'm assuming you still have a coax input to the TV?) Then hook up the PS3 to that, and that to the TV.

Or, from another angle, what are we going from/to? What PS3 cable do you have, and what inputs on the TV are available? The above commentary assumes you have RCA (the red/white/yellow plugs) coming out of the PS3 and a coaxial input on the TV. That's the setup I had for a while when I was staying in my sister-in-law's house, and I just had to hook up one audio channel and the video to her monaural VCR/TV setup. That TV was so small and old that my brother and sis-in-law lovingly refer to it as "The Pixel". *smile*

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 3:48 PM EDT

And to address quality -- while Oblivion certainly looked...small, it played fine on the ancient gear I was left using! And currently, I play everything through my old 36-inch Toshiba conventional-tube TV. Looks fine. I'm not going to upgrade all my cabling and TV just for HD! Making the old stuff last!

Or maybe that's just because the damn thing weighs 150 pounds... *smile*

[The Wretched]Freekie [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 3:54 PM EDT

Sut, you are correct and that is what i would do, but last time i hooked up a PS3 here i blew up the PS3, TV, and VCR(dont have a clue what happened) so the VCR is no longer an option... Not too into the jargon but i guess yes i have the RCA jacks(unusable to me) and i guess i need something to go to the coaxial(or buy a new TV :P) and was wondering if the PS2 one would work or cause problems for the PS3?

[The Wretched]Freekie [Lower My Fees] May 13 2010 3:58 PM EDT

And quality is really no big deal... i just wanna load up MW2 and shoot some people :)

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 4:10 PM EDT

Any RCA to coax converter should do, such as:


I use a PS2 cable myself, the MadKatz one that fits in the back of the PS3 and converts to component cables (my TV does have an input for that).

Not sure what would have fried things before...that is odd and still a reason for concern. In my old house, I had a terrible buzzing in the system, and it turned out I was using a ratty extension cord in a bad outlet. I routed power from a better, surge-protected source, and all was well. So, make sure you are bringing in your best, consistent power, and run it all through a surge-protected power strip.

QBsutekh137 May 13 2010 4:25 PM EDT

It's odd, I can't find a straight RCA/coax adapter anywhere. The one linked above is specific for the various consoles (and certainly cheap enough), but it would be nice to find a straight-up RCA (yellow/white/red) to coaxial adapter since so many things (consoles, accessories, cameras) come with a cord that ends in the standard RCA trio.

I guess that is what VCRs have devolved into -- RCA to coax converters. *smile* And they're just about as cheap!

iBananco [Blue Army] May 13 2010 4:28 PM EDT

I believe you're looking for an RF modulator.

Demigod May 13 2010 4:45 PM EDT

And quality is really no big deal

I said that when I played the 360 on a 32" analog. When I got the 40" 1080 LCD, I changed my tune. You can play just fine on analog, but you can't read text very well, and I assure you you're getting killed more in MW2 as a result. Come Black Friday, try to land whatever's on sale. 720 or 1080 doesn't matter as much as just getting it in digital.

Speaking of which, I know you can get an adapter to run a 360 through an LCD computer monitor... you may want to see if you can do that with the PS3.
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