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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