Updated September 10 2015

AV cable installation guidelines for the PlayStation 3 system

This article explains how to install your PlayStation 3 to a TV using an AV cable.

  1. Before you begin
  • Turn off the PlayStation 3 system using the [MAIN POWER] switch (on the back)

  • Unplug the AC power cable from the electrical socket

  • Turn off and unplug the TV

  1. Connect the flat end of the AV cable into the port marked [AV MULTI OUT] on the back of the PlayStation 3 system.
  2. Connect the other ends of the cable into the AV inputs of the TV (or display) according to colour: Yellow to Yellow, White to White, and Red to Red. Be sure to plug them into the jacks marked INPUT. If the TV does not have color-coded inputs, Yellow = VIDEO IN, White = AUDIO IN (Left), and Red = AUDIO IN (Right) (if available).
  3. Connect one end of the AC power cable into the AC IN port on the back of the PlayStation 3 system and plug the other end into an electrical socket.
  4. Press the MAIN POWER switch on the rear of the system. The red power light should appear near the touch-sensitive ON/OFF switch on the front of the system.
  5. Turn on the PlayStation 3 system by placing your finger on the touch-sensitive ON/OFF button located on the front of the system. This will cause the red STANDBY button to turn green, indicating the system has been turned on. (The blue light will also appear if you have a disc inserted.)
  6. Plug in the TV and turn the power on. Access the AV input channel on the TV (i.e., Input or Line channel on the TV). The AV inputs vary between different TV manufacturers. For Sony TVs, the AV inputs are located on the Video channels (i.e., Video 1, Video 2, etc.). Use the original remote control for the TV and try to locate the TV/Video or Input button. This should take you directly to the AV input channel. For further assistance, please contact the TV manufacturer directly for details.
  7. Once the TV is tuned into the proper AV input channel, you should see a picture from the PlayStation 3 system on the screen (i.e., PlayStation 3 Home Menu).

Note: If you are attempting to change from a different video cable or if the video output settings do not match those required for the display in use, the screen may stay black. If the screen stays black for more than 30 seconds, you may need to reset the video output settings of the PlayStation 3 system. To do so:

  1. Turn the PlayStation 3 system off by holding the POWER button on the front of the system.
  2. Then hold the POWER button on the front of the system for at least five seconds to turn the system on again. The video output settings will automatically be reset to the standard resolution.