How to connect PS4 to TV without HDMI
5 months ago
PlayStation is a go-to solution for gaming when you don’t want to delve deep into the world of gaming PCs. Even though we are now witnessing the peak of PS5 in the market these days, many are simply unable to afford it. This creates a big demand for the PS4 which used to be expensive previously but the release of the PS5 greatly reduced its price, especially when you are considering buying a used one.
Now, when it comes to the display, most console gamers are accustomed to using a large-sized TV with an HDMI port, however, many TVs provide high-quality display but don’t come with an HDMI port. In this article, we will be discussing all the possibilities that how to connect PS4 to TV without HDMI but before that, let’s look at the details of these I/O technologies.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port is one of the most widely used interfaces for displays whether you talk about consoles, PCs, or regular TVs. An HDMI cable is capable of transmitting both video signals as well as audio signals, which was one of the reasons for its popularity. Even though DisplayPort is also capable of transmitting both signals, the protocols are rather complex and the cable length limitations are much better in the case of HDMI compared to DisplayPort.
Sony first implemented the HDMI in its PlayStation3 and before that neither the PS1 nor PS2 came with an HDMI port. The PS3 enabled the users to connect the modern TVs with it, which highly increased the overall gaming experience since HDMI supported 1080P/1080i resolution compared to the hideous 480P/480i resolution support with the PS2. The PS3 supported HDMI 1.4 which had a bandwidth of 10.2 Gbps while the PS4 used the improved variant of HDMI that is HDMI 2.0b which has a bandwidth of 18 Gbps.
The basic difference between HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b is that the latter supports 4K 60 FPS while the former is capable of 4K 30 FPS. Moreover, HDMI 2.0b supports HDR content as well along with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG).
If you own a TV that does not come with an HDMI port, you can still connect it with the PS4, as there are multiple solutions for this problem. First of all, there are two kinds of ports that your TV would have. The newer TVs that do not have the HDMI port usually come with the DVI ports while the older TVs used the composite ports for audio and video. We will be discussing the solutions for both types of TV ports.
Connecting A PS4 To A TV with DVI Port
A DVI port is quite similar to the HDMI port but unlike the HDMI port, it does not transmit audio signals. Moreover, the maximum supported resolution is lower than the latest HDMI versions, maxing out at 2560 x 1600. Thankfully, the PS4 uses 1080P resolution which is not a problem for the DVI port.
Since the DVI port does not provide audio signals, you will have to use an alternate audio source for the audio signals. We will recommend using the audio jack on the controller since that is the easiest way of doing so.
Now, coming to the solution, you will have to buy an adapter if you want to connect your PS4 with a TV without HDMI. This adapter is quite common these days and it is called HDMI to DVI adapter. Make sure that you buy the adapter where it has the male DVI port and female HDMI port since the male HDMI connector coming from the PS4 will insert into it while the male DVI port will go into the female DVI port of the TV. It might seem confusing at first so follow the steps below for a clear understanding.
First you will have to buy a good-quality male DVI to female HDMI adapter. The price of these adapters is usually around ten bucks but some high-quality adapters can cost more as well. The high-quality adapters will allow you to connect without compatibility issues and will last long as well.
After buying the male DVI to female HDMI connector, you will have to connect the HDMI cable to the PS4 while the other end of the HDMI cable will go into the adapter since it has a female HDMI port.
Now, you will have to use the DVI cable of the TV and connect the male DVI connector to the TV while the female DVI connector will be connected to the adapter. If you don’t own a DVI cable, you will have to buy it and make sure that you buy the right cable since there are many DVI cables out there. For this adapter, you will have to buy the Dual-link DVI-D cable, although a Single-link DVI-D cable should work as well for 1080P resolution.
You are all set to go although remember that you will have to use a different audio source since the DVI cable does not transmit audio. As told earlier, using the audio jack on the controller seems to be the most effective solution for this. Alternate Solution
If you live somewhere where you don’t have access to the HDMI to DVI connector, there is an alternate solution as well. Instead of buying an adapter, you will have to buy the whole cable which will be used with the PS4 and TV. You will have to buy a cable that comes with an HDMI male connector and a DVI male connector.
In that case, you will be able to use the cable with the PS4 and TV directly, inserting the male HDMI connector into the PS4 while the male DVI connector will go into the TV’s female DVI port. This solution is a bit costlier than the previous ones but you will run into fewer issues as well since there is no adapter in between and should last longer than an adapter as well.
Connecting A PS4 To A TV With Composite Ports
Most of the TVs in the last decade indeed came with either DVI or HDMI ports, however, those with composite ports prove to be a real hindrance when you want to use them with a PS4. Don’t worry, since we will be providing you with a powerful solution to this troublesome problem.
To connect a PS4 to a TV with composite ports, you will have to buy an HDMI to AV2 adapter. This adapter is usually costlier than a cable or an HDMI to DVI adapter. Such a connector takes 5V power input through a USB cable or port while providing RCA ports and a female HDMI port. The RCA jacks will go into the TV ports while an HDMI cable is used to connect the PS4 with the adapter. It is important to note here that you must not buy an AV2 to HDMI adapter which looks the same but is used to connect older consoles with modern TVs, where the HDMI port will go into the TV and the RCA jacks will go into the consoles. Follow the steps below and you will have a breeze setting the whole system.
- First of all, you will have to buy an HDMI to AV2 adapter which is also known as HDMI to RCA adapter, or HDMI to composite adapter. These adapters usually cost around twenty bucks and often come with RCA cables. The adapter will provide you with a female HDMI port, three RCA outputs, and a USB port or a USB cable for power.
- Now, you will have to connect the HDMI cable with the PS4 while the other end will go into the adapter.
- Then, connect the RCA jacks to the adapter and the TV so that your signals are transmitted from the PS4 to the TV.
- Last of all, plug the USB cable of the adapter into the PS4 so that it can be powered on and the setup will be fully functional. Thankfully, it will not require an alternate audio source since the composite ports are capable of transmitting the audio signals.
There are various ways in which you can easily connect a PS4 with an old TV that does not come with an HDMI port. Summarizing the information, we can say that if your TV has got a DVI port, it will be an easy solution for you to connect the PS4 with the TV by using either a female HDMI to a male DVI connector or an HDMI to male DVI cable. In both of these cases, you will not be able to transmit the audio signals, which is why you will have to use an alternate audio source such as the audio jack on the PS4 controller.
On the other hand, if your TV has got composite ports, you will have to use an HDMI to AV2 adapter, which is slightly costlier than other adapters in the market since it has a circuit board and requires constant power to work. In such a case, the power is provided through the USB cable. You will have to connect the PS4 with the adapter using an HDMI cable while the RCA cable will go into the other end of the adapter and the TV. In this method, you won’t have to use an alternate audio source since the RCA cable transmits the audio signals as well. Overall, the solution feels a bit costlier than the DVI adapter but there is no alternative if your TV does not provide an HDMI or a DVI port.