Trying to play my PS2 on my HDTV...

#11shooterfan22Posted 7/10/2012 1:17:13 PM
I bet you're just using composite cables with the picture set to widescreen. Change the aspect ratio to 4:3 or get the component cables. They cost like 4 bucks.
#12Dragard_Kaos(Topic Creator)Posted 7/10/2012 2:03:28 PM
I changed my settings so it looks a lot better now. Are these the cables I should get?

http://www.amazon.com/Component-A-V-Cable-Playstation-2/dp/B00005MDZD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341954124&sr=8-1&keywords=Component+Cable+PS2
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#13Lum_YatsuraPosted 7/10/2012 4:40:08 PM(edited)
Remember some HDTV component inputs won't display low-res mode (PS1 games, Disgaea, ICO, etc). Even if things are fine by composite/svideo/RF.

This very specific problem's cause when it happens is a design quirk of affected TVs. Not really the game, console, or cable. It isn't limited to just PS2 either. Gamecube and Wii in much rarer cases may also output low-res component.
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#14Breastmilkn_DipPosted 7/10/2012 5:22:11 PM(edited)
#12 | Dragard_Kaos (Topic Creator) | Posted 7/10/2012
I changed my settings so it looks a lot better now. Are these the cables I should get?

http://www.amazon.com/Component-A-V-Cable-Playstation-2/dp/B00005MDZD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341954124&sr=8-1&keywords=Component+Cable+PS2


Yep, that's the one but it's overpriced for that particular standard of cable. For the cheapest option of that standard, go for one (or more, to be on the safe side) of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Component-Video-Audio-Cable-Stereo-Sound/dp/B0058FLE02/ref=sr_1_25?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1341965562&sr=1-25&keywords=Component+Cable+PS2.

or these:

http://www.amazon.com/Playstation-Analog-Multi-Component-Cable-3/dp/B000SJ61BK/ref=sr_1_7?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1341964987&sr=1-7&keywords=Component+Cable+PS2.

Though, out of what's currently available on Amazon, this should do the job very nicely for under $3:

http://www.amazon.com/Component-AV-Silver-Plated-Cable-Playstation-2/dp/B000SSS31C/ref=sr_1_15?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1341965298&sr=1-15&keywords=Component+Cable+PS2.
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#15justinlynch3Posted 7/10/2012 9:18:15 PM
I should of brought a 32"/35"CRT SDTV before Bargain Giant closed and was replaced by Rossy. I'll probably keep my 20" CRT SDTV now even if I did get a new one. When coming to games a SDTV works on both new and old games and has no lag issues. It's the best way overall to go.

But as for PS2 on a HDTV. Component cables are the way to go. S-Video should be good to, Composite is the worst. The screen ratio plays a factor as well if you are looking to get the image perfect. You'll want to keep 4:3 ratio only games on 4:3 ratio. Though games with a Widescreen mode can use a HDTV's full 16:9 screen.
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#16Ryan SiPosted 7/10/2012 10:34:52 PM
I personally don't recommend anything other than official cables. I picked up Sony's PS3 Component cables, they work great with a PS2.

Others will tell you to order cheap as dirt cables online, the truth is it's all luck. Some work, some don't.

It also depends on how well your TV upsclales images. Some PS2 games look better than ever on my HDTV, but some don't look so hot. This is why I like PS2 HD Collections.
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