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Types of monitors you can plug a PS2 into?


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:24 PM

I don't have a lot of space to put a tv and PS2 onto, but the flat screen tvs and monitors I am finding are all hd-quality. This, if anyone knows, looks very bad when being used with a PS2/PSX games. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places for a monitor or flat-screen tv with the three inputs.

Can anoyne point me in the right direction?

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:19 PM

just to clarify you are talking about a play station 2 right?

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:36 PM

You can use just about any TV/monitor with the PS2/PSX that uses either Component (RGB)Connections, S-Video, or RCA (RWY). That being said the games will not look the greatest due to an HDTV having a Higher resolution than the console. PSx and PS2 are both limited to 480p where as the minimum for HD is 720p. The TV in my living room has "modes" to set the screen resolution to match the console or TV station's output.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:08 PM

Yes, xpds. I'm looking for a standard-def flatscreen with the red/yellow/white cable set that comes with a playstation 2.

Spyder, I'm led to understand that they might have a lower mode, but it doesn't provide the picture quality a standard-def television can provide? Like the difference between "good" and "good enough?" I'm not finding a lot about standard v hi-def for gaming purposes, other than the articles that talk about the trend to hd as an industry, so I'm finding it hard to put anything concrete to all the anecdotes and hearsay I've come across.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:36 PM

are you looking for a type of monitor that supports s-video? You could always try an adapter...

http://www.svideo.com/video2vga.html

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:39 PM

SD Flatscreens are hard to come by and cost as much as HD Flatscreens.

Heres the general run down of SD and HDTV base resolutios and aspect ratios

SD is around 640x480 (4:3) known as 480

Low end HD is around 1280x720 (16:9) known as 720 i or p (interlaced or progressive scan refreshing)

High end HD is around 1920x1080 (16:9) known as 1080 i or p aka True or Full HD


In general the PS2 is only capable of 640x580 resolution (some games will boost the resolution) and is designed for a 4:3 aspect ratio. so when you play it on an HDTV without setting the TV to SD and 4:3 mode the games tend to get wider and the resolution will look bad.

For the sake of Gaming a 720p is more than enough. I have a 720p in the living room and my Xbox360 looks just fine on it (of course I'm content with the old SDTV I have in my room most of the time). My friend has a new Vizio 1080p 42" and the games look much crisper on it then my SD but not so much more then my 720p. In fact, most Xbox360 games are set at 720 max resolution anyways.

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