PS3 on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ZunePod, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. ZunePod macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    What I want to do is buy a 24" iMac and sell my current 20" tv (which would get me £200 or so) and then be able to plug my PS3 into my iMac, so that i could do with one monitor.

    Is this possible at all?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    iMac does not have a video in port, so it is not easy to do. There are ways to do it, but it tends to be messy. You could buy an elgato eye-tv usb port.
  3. ZunePod thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    Okay, That's cleared up quite a bit, its not possible through the MiniDisplay Port, but maybe through USB.

    EDIT: I've found that Elgato DO NOT supply what I need (HDMI/DVI in, USB out)
  4. RipeRetina macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2009
  5. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Wow. I was just thinking about this yesterday and now someone posts it! Lol.
  6. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    STill won't work cos the iMac only has mini displayport OUT not IN

    Frustrating really cos i am in the same kind of position in wanting to use the iMac display as a monitor for a second device.
  7. ZunePod thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    No, it needs to be a peripheral that plugs into USB
  8. gangzoom macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    I'm pretty sure your NOT going to be able to use just the iMac's screen as a display for the PS3 using a USB based TV tuner unless you can find a DVI to coaxial signal converter...

    You either need a dedicated video capture device, or crack open the iMac and come up with some kind of video pass through cable which lets you bypass "iMac" part of the computer and goes straight to the screen...I have no idea how the iMac screen is connected to the mother board so am not sure if this is even possible.

    Also don't forget before the PS3 will play a BlueRay disc it will check for HDCP Compliance on the display device which your iMac is guaranteed to fail so BlueRays simply wouldn't play..
  9. ZunePod thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    You mean any BluRay, so a game for example?
  10. gangzoom macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    No as far as am aware only BlueRay films use HDCP(High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection)..

    My suggestion is to just save up for a bigger screen/TV..HD content is really only worth while on screens which are 32inch +...unless you plan on sitting right in front of the screen when your watching movies!!
  11. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    The best you can do is use the s-video on an eye-tv (or similar) device. You lose quality, but it works.
  12. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Not only will you lose quality with using a video capture device, you will also suffer a delay. This is fine for watching a movie, but makes it worthless for gaming.

    Short answer: Not possible from a practical standpoint. You would be better off buying a second cheap monitor for the PS3.
  13. L0s7man macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    Unfortunately that's not possible and it sux. You'd need something that does real time video compression from PS3 output and stream it through USB2.0. There's not enough bandwidth for 1080p; 720p might be doable. There is just no market for this kind of devices.

    It's a shame that Apple doesn't include any options to plug in an external device to iMac (if you have a Macbook too, you might want a big screen sometimes).
  14. Aniki macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    gamebridge, buy one from amazon with splitters.

    Easy solution *You MUST use windows xp. It CAN be done in vista, but look up a tutorial on youtube or something. It's easy.*
  15. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    No point trying. You're not going to get anything close to good quality, and don't even dream of playing Blu-Ray movies.

    You're better off buying a 24"+ monitor w/HDMI and a Mac Mini.
  16. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    If the iMacs could be used as a straight monitor that would be cool.

    But to do what you want - get a Mac mini and 24" Dell Ultrasharp. The Dell has HDMI and DVD-D inputs. Hook the PS3 to the HDMI and Mac mini to DVI.
  17. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Actually, that's not true. There's very minimal delay, I am able to play my Super Nintendo and my PS2 on my EyeTV without problems.

    If you can connect the PS3 to S-Video or Composite somehow, then you can connect it to the iMac via EyeTV.

    Quality, however, is another story. There's no way to get, HDMI or Component quality video to the iMac screen.
  18. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    They must be getting faster.

    That said, I doubt serious gamers would consider it, casual might be ok though. And FPS, where people complain about the response time of monitors, probably will have noticeable lag.

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