Thunderbolt Display and PS3 (or any HDMI console)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Rizzm, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2012
    After searching, most people say that connecting the PS3 to a thunderbolt display via an HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable will not work.

    Why wouldn't it?

    I thought that the thunderbolt ports on the display could act as video inputs, since this is how you'd connect any Mac to that display.
  2. jdaniel macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    Lviv, Ukraine
    To begin with theres one TB port at the back of the TB Display. I am assuming the way it is wired prevents it from being an input fir displays.... for example...I cannot connect my TB display to my macbook.. then connect a minidisplay to hdmi cable to the TB port on the TB display to my LED TV.. it would not work.. dont ask me why but it just doesnt.. it has been stated by apple that it does not and i have tried it.. now they say if u have a device in between the 2 displays u can.. but i have not tried that....(diff scenarios from yours)

    next.. TB displays are not built to be displays for anything else.....
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    It doesn't work for two reasons:

    One, the input requires some sort of TB encryption/decryption, or something of that nature. Something with the TB chips itself, at least.

    Secondly, those TB-to-HDMI adapters are actually only one way. You'd need an active converter to go from HDMI-to-TB, which again, goes back to needing that TB chip.
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    The display needs a TB signal which no consoles have, thats why it wouldn't work. Just because the form factor fits, doesn't mean anything. the thunderbolt port acts as a video input, but only from a thunderbolt source. Just get a cinema display if you're really hopped up on the display form.

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