While the price of modern TVs has dropped significantly over the past few years, some people don’t have access to TVs with an HDMI port. It can be difficult to connect a modern game console to an old display, but thankfully it’s entirely possible. In this article, you will learn how to connect PS4 to a TV without HDMI without losing too much quality.

Connect PS4 to Non-HDMI TV with Converter

One of the most efficient and easy ways to use PS4 and TV without HDMI is to use an HDMI converter. This translates the signal into something that television can understand and display. However, there are different types of HDMI converters, so you will need to determine which type you need.

  1. Check the ports on the back/side of the TV.

    It can be anything: a coaxial input, a DVI input, a composite cable, or one of many other options. coaxial input looks like a threaded screw. Composite inputs are three ports for red, white and yellow cables. The DVI input looks like old computer monitors used to connect.

    Determine what type of input the TV is using
  2. Connect the HDMI cable to PS4 and the other end to the HDMI converter.

    Connect the HDMI cable to the converter.
  3. Connect the appropriate cables to the converter (composite cables in this example) and the other end to the TV.

    Connect the other end of the converter cable to your TV.
  4. Switch your TV to the correct input and turn on your PS4. If you see the Sony logo on the screen, then it is working.

You may not always need a converter. Some third party companies make HDMI to composite cables that do not use a converter. The quality of these cables is not guaranteed and you may experience audio problems.

Use an HDMI to DVI converter

HDMI and DVI are both digital signals, so if your TV or monitor has a DVI input, you will see better results than with one of the converter types listed above. You should also be able to avoid audio loss or low quality audio like with an HDMI to composite converter.

DVI typically doesn’t carry audio, so it’s a bit of a hit and miss solution.

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to PS4 and then connect the other end to the DVI converter.

  2. Connect the DVI cable to the converter, and then connect the other end of the DVI cable to your display or TV.

  3. Switch your display to the correct input and turn on your PS4. If you see the Sony logo, then it worked. Turn up the volume and check if the sound comes through.

If none of these methods work, consider buying a new TV. HDMI-compatible TVs have dropped in price and can be bought for as little as $20 through second-hand outlets like Craigslist or through the Facebook marketplace. While effective, the methods listed above are not guaranteed to work every time. Even if they do, you won’t get the same quality of playing with the converter as you would with a standard connection.

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