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Getting Started

Setting Up the PLAYSTATION®3

Set up your PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in just a few steps.

  1. Connect to a TV.
    Set up a TV as your video monitor for the PLAYSTATION®3.

    Video output on the PLAYSTATION®3
    The system can output two types of resolution: HD and SD. Check which video mode is supported in your TV's instruction manual.

    HD and SD Table

    NOTES:

    1. This number indicates the number of scan lines. Note that "i" stands for "interlace" and "p" stands for "progressive". Using progressive results in high-quality video with minimal flickering.
    2. The video output setting on the system will display as "Standard (NTSC)".

    Screens showing the difference in resolution

    Differences in Resolution

    Video output cables
    The resolution varies depending on the TV's input connectors and the type of cable used. Select a cable to match your TV.


    CABLE TYPE
    SUPPORT VIDEO MODES*1
    INPUT CONNECTOR ON THE TV


    HDMI cable
    (sold separately)
    1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p
    HDMI IN Connector


    Component AV cable
    (sold separately)
    1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p / 480i*2
    Component VIDEO IN Connector


    S VIDEO cable
    (sold separately)
    480i*2
    S VIDEO IN Connector


    AV cable
    (supplied)
    480i*2
    VIDEO IN connector
    (composite)


    NOTES:

    1. Depending on the type of TV or content to be played, some video modes may not be supported. If a device that is not compatible with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard is connected to the system using an HDMI cable, video and/or audio cannot be output from the system. Copyright-protected Blu-ray video discs can only be output at 1080p using an HDMI cable connected to a device that is compatible with the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) standard.
    2. The video output setting on the system will display as "Standard (NTSC)".


    Connection methods
    You can connect to a TV using different types of cables.
    • Connecting using an HDMI cable
      An HDMI cable (sold separately) can enable you to enjoy digital-quality video and audio with minimal loss of picture quality.
      HDMI Cable
    • Connecting with other types of cables
      Connect cables other than the HDMI cable to the AV MULTI OUT connector on the system.

      Other Cables

      Caution

      • Do not plug the AC power cord for the system into an electrical outlet until you have made all other connections.
      • The socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.



  2. Connect digital audio devices.
    Connect audio devices that support digital audio output, such as an AV receiver for home entertainment use.
    Hint: Go to Setting Icon (Settings) Sound Setting Icon (Sound Settings) "Audio Output Settings" to adjust settings for the audio device.



    Connecting with an optical cable
    The audio will be output from the optical cable. The picture will be output from the video output cable.

    Optical Cable


    Connecting with an HDMI cable

    Both audio and video will be output from the HDMI cable. You can output the TV picture via an audio device.

    Hints

    • If your TV is not equipped with an HDMI input connector, use a video output cable of the correct type for your TV to connect it to the PLAYSTATION®3 system directly.
    • If a device is connected to the PLAYSTATION®3 system via an HDMI cable, do not turn off the device while the system is turned on (power indicator is lit green). Doing so may cause sound distortions or produce abnormal sounds.


    Audio output on the PLAYSTATION®3 system
    The supported channels may vary depending on the output connector used.

    System Output Table

    NOTES:

    1. Audio from a Super Audio CD cannot be output from the digital out (optical) connector. Multi-channel content from Super Audio CDs can only be output from the HDMI OUT connector.
    2. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch. is required to output 7.1 Ch. audio from the HDMI OUT connector.
    3. This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1Ch audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.

  3. Connect the Ethernet cable.
    Using an Ethernet cable, connect the system to the internet. See Setting Up Your Internet Connection for further instructions.

    Caution

    The system supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T networks. Do not connect a standard telephone line or other types of cords or cables that are not compatible with the system, as this may cause heat build-up, fire or malfunction.

    Ethernet Connection


    Hint: If using a PLAYSTATION®3 that is equipped with the wireless LAN feature, you can connect to the Internet without using an Ethernet cable. See the User's Guide for wireless internet connection settings.


  4. Connect the AC power cord.
    Connect the AC power cord to your PLAYSTATION®3.

    Caution

    • Do not plug the AC power cord for the system into an electrical outlet until you have made all other connections.
    • The socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

    Connecting the AC power cord


  5. Set up the system software.
    See Initial System Software Setup for instructions.