How to Play PSP Games on Your TV

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Using the video out jack on a PSP-2000 or PSP-3000 model (aka PSP Slim and PSP Brite) and an AV cable, you can play games on your PSP, using your TV as an external display. Obviously, the graphics quality doesn't get better with a bigger TV (in fact, depending on how big your TV is, it may even look worse), but it can make some games with really small elements (we're thinking of LEGO Indiana Jones here) easier on the eyes. And it's just cool to be able to play PSP games on a much bigger screen.

Here's How

  1. Plug your PSP in with its AC adapter, or make sure the battery has a sufficient charge for the amount of time you'll be playing.

  2. Connect the AV cable to the video out port on the bottom of your PSP (it's the only port that end of the cable will fit in).

  3. Connect the other end of the AV cable to the appropriate ports on your TV. A component cable will have five color-coded plugs to insert and a composite cable will have three.

  4. Turn on your TV and select the required input. This will vary depending on your TV model, so check your TV's user manual if you aren't sure (or you can select the input by trying the available ones once your PSP is on and set up for video out).

  5. Turn on your PSP. Once it has started up completely, press and hold the display button on the front on the PSP (that's the button with the curved rectangle like a TV screen on it). The PSP screen should go black and the PSP's usual display will appear on your tv screen.

  6. Insert your UMD game into the PSP's UMD drive or your memory stick into the memory stick sot (if you haven't already) and navigate to the Game menu using the PSP's buttons just as you would if you were going to play the game on your PSP screen.

  7. Find the game in the Game menu and press the X button to start playing. You'll use your PSP's buttons to play just as you would if playing normally. Think of the PSP as console and controller in one, and the TV as an external display.

  8. When you're finished playing, save your game as usual. Press and hold the display button again, and the screen image will disappear from your tv and reappear on your PSP. Disconnect the cables from your TV and PSP.


  • If you plan to play a lot of games on your tv (or watch a lot of UMD movies), and your TV has multiple inputs, you can leave your AV cable attached to your TV and simply reconnect the PSP end when needed.
  • The display button is the one with the TV-screen shaped rectangle on it that is usually used to adjust screen brightness.
  • Remember that video out will not work on a PSP-1000 series model (aka PSP Fat).

What You Need

  • A PSP (either a 2000 or 3000 series model)
  • A PSP component or composite AV cable
  • A TV with the appropriate AV-in ports (to match your PSP cables)
  • An AC adapter for your PSP is a good idea, but not essential
  • A game (on UMD or memory stick)