Thunderbolt Display + PS4 ?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Semih, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Semih macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2014
    Hi guys,

    First of all please forgive me for my bad use of English, it's because i'm not a native speaker.

    1) I want to buy a new Thunderbolt Display 27", but i want to be sure that i can play Playstation 4 using Thunderbolt Display as a monitor.. Can I do this with a cable or smth. like that, or i can't use PS4 with T.D. 27" ?

    2) Also i have PC, and can i use that T.D. 27" as a monitor of my PC ?

    3) If i mount Thunderbolt Display on to the wall, how can i plug in usb's, or any other cables easily? Is there any trick for it? Or anytime that i want to plug something, should i get my monitor off from the wall?

    Waiting for your help :)
  2. bax2003, Oct 6, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014

    bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    1) Thunderbolt Display uses DisplayPort as video stadard for video bus, BUT Tb Display will only and display picture from Thunderbolt source, (2.) Mac or PC.

    DisplayPort and Thunderbolt use same shape and size connectors but internelly they are not the same. You can connect DisplayPort monitor to Thunderbolt Port, but you cannot conenct Thunderbolt device to DisplayPort port.

    Besides video, Thunderbolt Display offers 3-port USB 2.0 hub, stereo speakers, FireWire 800, Gigabit ethernet and Thunderbolt daisy chain port.....all that must be connected to Thunderbolt source through built in cable or through external cable from daisy chain port.

    Simple answer is no, there is no way to connect PS4 to Thunderbolt Display or PC if it does not have Tb port. (There are few Tb equipped PC motherboards, Thunderbolt display works on every one of them)


    3) If display will be too close to the wall (but I doubt that,), you can always use USB extender cables.
  3. Semih thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2014
    Thank you so much..

    But, what happens if i use any adapters like -thunderbolt to hdmi adapter- and try to use PC or Ps4?
  4. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    There is no adapter to convert HDMI to Thunderbolt.
  5. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    I own the legendary Thunderbolt display. Love the quality and Macbook connectivity, but I am really disappointed that my $1,000 monitor can't accept HDMI. (Come on Apple, the Macbook Pro has an HDMI out port!) I'm hoping Apple's next Retina Thunderbolt display will be launching soon, so I can exchange my beautiful expensive paperweight with something more useful. :rolleyes:

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  6. bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    Those kind of adapters convert source: Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt to HDMI/DVI/VGA and you cannot use them to convert destination (output) device.

    Once again, Thunderbolt Display accepts only Thunderbolt signal, and you have to have Thunderbolt source.

    If you really want display like this, you are better off with second hand or refurbished 27" Cinema Display. It accepts Display Port, and here you can do many conversions like this for an example:
  7. edanuff macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    I don't know anyone who has actually tried this so I don't know if it would work, but theoretically you could try an Apple Cinema Display which is mini-displayport rather than Thunderbolt Display. There are HDMI to Displayport adapters that would probably work.

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