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Connecting Even More Classic Games Consoles

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On a previous page on this web site I described how to connect classic 8 bit and 16 bit video game consoles to modern flat screen TV’s.  Owners of later video game systems such as Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, GameCube, and original Sony Playstation now face a new dilemma as more and more models of new Plasma, LCD and LED TV’s no longer come with a dedicated composite video inputs needed to accept the video signals sent by these older game systems that still have millions of dedicated fans.

Modern flat panel TV’s still have at least one component video input on the back.  There is a compromise built to the component video input.  The video plug (yellow) from the game console (or other legacy video device) can be plugged into the green jack also labeled with the letter Y on the component video input.  Connecting the audio remains the same, the right channel or the red plug hooks up to the red jack on the TV and the left channel or the white plug hooks up to the white audio jack on the TV.

Hooking up composite video devices into a component video input

TV manufacturers started eliminating the dedicated composite video input from TV’s a couple of years ago reduce cost however still only outfit TV’s with just two and sometimes three HDMI inputs, which can often leave more devices than input jacks to connect all current and legacy devices to modern TV sets. This leaves most owners swapping cables when going from watching a movie to playing classic video games.  Input switch boxes have existed to help eliminate the constant need for cable swapping.  Using a switch box that supports component video is the easiest way to allow component and composite video devices to peacefully co-exist.

Connect the component video switch box and devices outputting component the same way they normally would and then connect the composite video outputting devices in a way similar as previously described with the yellow video plug connected to the Y (green) jack on the switch box.  With this fix older video game systems or other legacy video devices can seamless integrate with a modern home entertainment system seamlessly.


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