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Play PS3/xbox with PC monitor and speakers for under $10

I recently bought a PS3. I do not own a TV, only a computer monitor so I needed to figure out a way to hook my PS3 up. Below is what I am currently using and hopefully you all can find this guide useful.

Materials

  1. HDMI to DVI cord

    Alternative: Standard HDMI cord and HDMI to DVI adapter
  2. Female to Female 3.5mm audio
  3. RCA to 3.5 Audio Converter

    Alternative
  4. Xbox 360 Cord

Directions

If you own a PS3, you do not need to buy the Xbox 360 Cord (#4). If you own an xbox you do not need to buy the HDMI to DVI cord (#1) if you buy the Xbox cord (#4). The RCA to 3.5MM audio adapter (#3) and the 3.5mm female-female (#2) are for audio and are optional if your speakers support RCA input. Most monitors do not.

PS3
For the PS3, you use the HDMI to DVI cord to plug that into your monitor. A HDMI to VGA cord will not work as it is not digital. Also, make sure your monitor is HDCP enabled – most are.
Use the standard cables that came with your PS3 for audio. If you do not have speakers with regular audio input then that is where #2 and #3 come into play. Plug #3 into the standard audio cables (color coordinated), then plug #2 into that. You can then plug your headphones or other speakers into that. The layout should look something like the following:

If things do not work right away you will have to adjust the settings. Go to display settings on your PS3.

Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is similar to the PS3 instructions. You can try the same thing as the PS3 or buy the official Xbox 360 to VGA cord (#4). This has the audio built in the cord which is really nice, however it isn’t a standard like HDMI.

Hope this helped everyone. Let me know if you have any questions.