Trying to play my PS2 on my HDTV...

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4 years ago#1
And it looks awful. I've tried both the cables that come with the PS2, and the cables that came with my PS3, and they're both awful. What cables should I buy?
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4 years ago#2
Are these component cables? Try getting them or s-video ones, this should make it better.

But good cables aren't enough. I assume you use the default settings in your TV (that is, you didn't alter them at all) which is the main reason it looks awful. I don't know what TV you've got but it should probably have similar settings available, try those:

Mode: Dynamic (brighter and better colours)
Backlight: 10
Contrast: 80-100
Brightness: 45
Sharpness: 0-20 (high sharpness is primarly what makes it look bad)
Colour: 80
Colour Tone: Cool1 (matter of preference, I find this most natural)
Digital Noise Reduction: Off (when it's on, fast moving objects will leave trails on screen, especially visible in sports games)
Screen format: 4:3 (obviously, if the game supports widescreen then 16:9)

That's what I use and I never had any problems with the picture. Note that even new games put on display in stores often look bad, that's because nobody bothered with setting the TV properly. There's also a factor of scaler in your TV, if it's bad than the picture will still look unimpressive, my Samsung apparently has good scaling processor so I can't complain really.

There should be a sticky about HDTV settings for PS2.
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4 years ago#3
If your HDTV has component connectivity then a cheap/reasonably priced set of component cables is the way to go.
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4 years ago#4
SaturnFanPL posted...
Are these component cables? Try getting them or s-video ones, this should make it better.

But good cables aren't enough. I assume you use the default settings in your TV (that is, you didn't alter them at all) which is the main reason it looks awful. I don't know what TV you've got but it should probably have similar settings available, try those:

Mode: Dynamic (brighter and better colours)
Backlight: 10
Contrast: 80-100
Brightness: 45
Sharpness: 0-20 (high sharpness is primarly what makes it look bad)
Colour: 80
Colour Tone: Cool1 (matter of preference, I find this most natural)
Digital Noise Reduction: Off (when it's on, fast moving objects will leave trails on screen, especially visible in sports games)
Screen format: 4:3 (obviously, if the game supports widescreen then 16:9)

That's what I use and I never had any problems with the picture. Note that even new games put on display in stores often look bad, that's because nobody bothered with setting the TV properly. There's also a factor of scaler in your TV, if it's bad than the picture will still look unimpressive, my Samsung apparently has good scaling processor so I can't complain really.

There should be a sticky about HDTV settings for PS2.


Oh wow, thanks. That's a bunch of info. Yeah, I didn't alter my settings at all, except having it on Dynamic. It's a 40" Sharp Aquos. I'll test these out, and try getting those cables. Thanks again, hopefully it looks better.
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4 years ago#5
Breastmilkn_Dip posted...
If your HDTV has component connectivity then a cheap/reasonably priced set of component cables is the way to go.
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That's one cheap HDTV then.
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4 years ago#7
@SS_Gokou: wut does that even mean?
4 years ago#8
lol
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4 years ago#9
Bottom line is if you're playing your PS2 on an HDTV you need to be using component cables to get a decent picture. Many games are a blurry mess without them.
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4 years ago#10
unfortunately older systems look like crap without component cables. this is why i play on a little old tv
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