PC/PS3 Combo
by Nic Furlong on November 26, 2011 at 02:30 PM EST

In my last article I touched on my initial thoughts on becoming a PS3/PC gamer and brought up that I’ve set my PlayStation to work together with my PC.  I promised that this week I would share how I did this, so here it is. Unfortunately a few things haven’t arrived yet so I haven’t finished the set up, but I’m close enough that I can share with you what I have done!

When I first set up my PlayStation I set it up in my living room and played it on my big screen TV. However, I quickly found myself either constantly flicking through my phone to reply to emails, running to my computer to respond to messages or going online to check things out between load screens. After a while I had enough (Well that and my girlfriend didn’t like me stealing the television, the computer and the internet from her all at once!). So I quickly relocated to my computer desk.

What I ended up doing was plugging my PlayStation  into my 2nd monitor on my computer, and ran the audio into my PC so that I could use my g35 gaming headset and still talk to PC gamer friends on TeamSpeak/Ventrilo and even listen to any tunes should I feel so inclined to do so.  I

Here’s what  I used:

-The original cables that came with the ps3
-An extra HDMI cable
-HDMI to DVI adapter
-RCA to 3.5mm adapter
-Eagle Eye converter (Still waiting for)
-IOGear 2-Port USB KVM Switch (Still waiting for)

First thing I did was take my extra HDMI cable and plugged it into my HDMI to DVI adapter and then plugged it into my spare monitor. After that I took the default cable that comes with the system and tookthe audio cables (Red and White ones) and attached them into the 3.5mm adapter which I plugged into the back of my PC into the line in jack (Blue).  This immediately gave me video, but I had to go into the system options and change the audio settings to manually accept the RCA cables instead of the HDMI.  At this point you would have audio, but because I wanted to use my PC headset I had to go into my audio settings on my PC and enable the line in option.

Now I’ve got audio and video and am set to start playing! Except one thing, I want to use my mouse and keyboard! Since it would be a pain in the butt to plug and unplug every time I switched systems I ordered myself the IOGear 2-Port USB KVM Switch. This neat piece of technology allows me to switch control of my keyboard and mouse from my computer to my PlayStation by simply pressing a button. I don’t have this yet, but my keyboard and mouse will plug into the KVM switch which will then plug into the Eagle Eye which then plugs into the PlayStation. Confused yet?

This article wasn’t meant to be a step by step guide on how to accomplish this, but more so an insight into how I am trying to get the best from both the PC world and PS3 world. If you are interested in setting something like this up and have any questions feel free to ask questions in the comments or even leave your email for me to contact you.

What do you think of this set up? Any suggestions on how to make it even better? Let me know below!


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  • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

    love the computer screen LOL!


    Instead of separate monitors, I have my gaming PC and PS3 hooked up to a 40″ HDTV. I just use the remote to switch between inputs. PS3 comes out through the TV speakers and the PC has its own speaker system. I can game on the PS3 and still talk with friends on Teamspeak as well. Oh, by the way, welcome to the combo PC/PS3 club. I’ve been doing it for about 2 years now (got my PS3 once the Slim came out at $300). It truly is the best of both worlds.

  • Marksteff

    I have a PC/PS3 setup, I use Asus VH236H as it has a DVI / VGA / HDMI built in, so no need for special dongles. My PC is sitting below my desk and I have my PS3 standing upright. I also use the new PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset for my PC & PS3. Targus 4 port usb hub for keyboard/mouse/headset.

    Plus Side :
     +No need for extra dongles to get hdmi to dvi or vga.
     +Same monitor for both, no need for a massive desk.
     +Audio can come via Monitor, not as powerful as a surround or headset setup, but you can hear 
     everything fine.
     +I can swap all usb items from pc to ps3 easily as it is less than a foot away, have USB ports
     on the top of my computer.
    +Official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset works for both systems, and can be used while plugged 
     in so you are never without sound/chat.

    Minus Side:
     -Have to switch from DVI to HDMI on monitor, so if you want to look up strats or stats or 
     anything you can only look at one or the other, but not that big of a deal IMO.
     -Need a Bluetooth adapter for your computer, not very expensive addon tho.
     -Have to have USB hub, but they are cheap.

    Overall there are more pluses to the setup I have for me, everyone’s setup is great for them I just enjoy the space saving of having one monitor and no need to dump lots of money into addons for the most part, maybe 20-30 bucks for a ubs hub & bluetooth adapter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513216826 Nic Furlong

      exactly, i set this up to cater to my needs and wants and so far i love it

  • Jack McGhee

    I have this at uni with 2 benq 24″ hdbl, such good quality it is jizzable

  • 1fly2

    You make it so much harder then it should be. I have a 32in TV with a PS3 and my PC connected to it; along with a 24in hd monitor next to that, and also a basic tubebox TV 24’in for ESPN or just basic cable pleasures. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513216826 Nic Furlong

      i wanted my tv area seperate from my gaming area.

      I wanted to be able to use my PC while using my PS3 at the same time

      I wanted to use a mouse and keyboard for my PS3 instead of a controller

      There are a ton of ways to do this, but this was the best for me in the end.

  • http://twitter.com/Punkster_NY Punkster_NY

    Thank you!

  • Kain_kusanagi

    I did the same thing with my Xbox 360. I just wish the Wii had HDMI so I could hook everything up to my computer desk.

  • Nebula1

    Why would you buy skyrim for ps3 instead of pc?

    • guest

      The author just lost all credibility.

  • Guest

    I honestly don’t like your setup, but that’s just me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/D0UbleF Vlad Solovov Awesomoff

    Got a similar setup.
    Problem is big flatscreen in livingroom is always occupied by parents or family…
    So I connected my PS3 to my PC-Monitor with HDMI, and PC is with DVi, switch channels and there you go PC+PS3 setup!

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