Is there still no way to connect a PS3 to a 2011 iMac?

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  1. Amnesiac7 macrumors member

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    I'm not certain that this will work for 2011 iMacs...
     
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    Don't the 2011 iMacs still support thunderbolt display (I don't mean an actual thunderbolt display btw but input via thunderbolt port) input?
     
  5. Amnesiac7 thread starter macrumors member

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    The new iMacs are equipped with Thunderbolt, yes, but from what I've read this is actually part of the reason why you can no longer connect a PS3 to an iMac.
     
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    2011 iMacs require that input to the thunderbolt port also come from a thunderbolt port.
     
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    At last check, the required chip to make an HDMI->Thunderbolt adapter still wasn't available from Intel.
     
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    http://www.nullriver.com/products/medialink

    I am assuming that you want to be able to view media on your ps3 from your mac

    This works with your wifi router or can be hard wired with an ethernet cable from the ps3 to your mac.

    I have mine hardwired.

    I use this and love it.
     
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    It's the opposite, I'm pretty sure the OP wants to play some PS3 games on an iMac screen
     
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    I've been looking into this for my Xbox and it seams none of the devices that would enable you to do this will now work with Thunderbolt. I'm hoping the 2012 iMac will have this ability but I doubt it as Apple is pretty committed to Thunderbolt. Hopefully someone (please) will come up with a workaround.
     
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    my bad.
     
  12. Amnesiac7 thread starter macrumors member

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    It's ridiculous. I want to take get more use out of this great screen.
     
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    It's annoying, really, but so far no one has designed and produced an adapter. Since it would require active electronics, it would not be cheap either. I've seen attempts, but they tend to wind up costing more than another monitor.
     
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    Currently waiting until 2012 model is out before making up my mind if using an iMac with PS3 is doable. The Belkin interface does not work with the current 27" iMac, and back when it worked, you only got 702p. Let's hope the new iMac get's a HDMI-port or at least try do do this work a little easier.
     
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    Elgato makes it

    Elgato makes products that can make your Mac act as a DVR. These same products can be configured with their software to pass the video and sound from your PS3 to a Mac. The only problem is that you'd have to do it through the USB ports which might cause a tiny bit of lag. Look at their website and even youtube. There are a few videos that show people doing this with older Macs as well.
     
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    Would it allow for full 1080p?

    Is Kanex working on something? Anybody?
     
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    not ridiculous. The purpose of the iMac display is for the iMac machine not for use as an external display. You knew this before you bought it so not ridiculous.
     
  20. RedCroissant Suspended

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    No, it won't. This might sound crazy, but you could sell your current one and pick up a previous generation iMac if you are really set on using it as a display for your PS3. There's a refurbished one on Apple's website right now.
     
  21. Amnesiac7 thread starter macrumors member

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    My knowledge of this prior to purchasing the machine does not at all mitigate the ridiculousness of the fact that they removed a useful feature.
     
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    don't like it, don't buy it. That is what I was getting at.
     
  23. Amnesiac7 thread starter macrumors member

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    That's still the wrong thing to be stressing in this case. That's just a really simplistic way of dismissing the fact that this is a legitimate complaint. Of course, there are many things I like about this iMac, so the purchase was warranted, but that doesn't mean I forfeited my right to complain about its shortcomings.
     
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    ok, of course you can complain. Just know you won't get anywhere with it because Apple doesn't believe in cables and 99% of people use a normal tv for their console gaming so they won't spend money implementing a solution for you and maybe two others on Earth and possibly uglify their iMac design. Even if there were a million people signing a petition for it, it would go ignored.
     

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