Using your PS3


Video output on PS3

Optimise your viewing experience by setting the best resolution for your TV.

The PS3 system can output two types of resolution: High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD). Refer to the instruction manual for the TV in use to check which video mode is supported.

High Definition Video Mode* / Aspect Ratio:
1080p / 16:9
1080i / 16:9
720p / 16:9

Standard Definition Video Mode / Aspect Ratio:
576p / 16:9, 4:3
576i** / 16:9, 4:3

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

1. High Definition screen resolution
2. Standard Definition screen resolution

Video output cable types

The resolution displayed on the TV varies depending on the input connectors on the TV and the type of cable in use. Select a cable to match the TV in use.

HDMI Cable

1. HDMI Cable** (sold separately)

2. HDMI IN connector

Supported video modes*: 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p

Component AV Cable

1. Component AV Cable (sold separately)

2. Component VIDEO IN connector

Supported video modes*: 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p / 576i***


1. S VIDEO Cable (sold separately)

2. S VIDEO IN connector

Supported video modes: 576i***

AV Cable

1. AV Cable (supplied)

2. VIDEO IN connector (composite)

Supported video modes: 576i***

AV Cable

1. AV Cable (supplied)

2. Euro-AV Connector Plug (supplied)

Supported video modes: 576i***

* Depending on the type of TV or content to be played, some video modes may not be supported.
** Connect the system to the TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately). An HDMI cable can output both video and audio and enables you to enjoy digital-quality
video and audio.
*** The video output setting on the system will display as [Standard (PAL)].


  • Images may vary depending on the model or the software version in use.

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Get connected and dive into a world of High Definition entertainment.

Video output on PS3

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Find out how to perform initial set-up after turning on your PS3 system.

Part names

Find your way around your PS3 system and your Wireless Controller.

Using Other OS / Default System

If you are using another operating system, follow this guide before performing system software update version 3.21 or later.

Use the information panel

The information panel is displayed on the upper right of the screen.

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