What To Know
- Use an HDMI cable to directly connect a PS4/PS5 to an HDMI-compatible projector, or utilize an HDMI to DVI-D cable with an HDMI Audio Extractor for projectors with a DVI-D port.
- For VGA-only projectors, an HDMI to VGA adapter is required along with a VGA cable and a 3.5mm audio cable to facilitate both video and audio connections.
- Converters are available for connecting a PS4/PS5 to projectors with Component, Composite, or S-Video inputs, ensuring compatibility with various types of older projector interfaces.
In this guide, I’ll present over five proven methods for connecting your PS4 or PS5 gaming console to a projector.
Let’s get started!
- Connecting a PS4/PS5 to a Projector – Quick Guide
- 1. HDMI to HDMI
- 2. HDMI to DVI-D
- 3. HDMI to VGA
- 4. HDMI to Component Video
- 5. HDMI to Composite Video
- 6. HDMI to S-Video
Connecting a PS4/PS5 to a Projector – Quick Guide
|How to Connect
|Projector → HDMI Cable → PS4/PS5
|Projector → HDMI to Component Converter → HDMI Cable → PS4/PS5
|Projector → HDMI to Composite/RCA Converter → HDMI Cable → PS4/PS5
|Projector → HDMI to S-Video Converter → HDMI Cable → PS4/PS5
1. HDMI to HDMI
Your PS4/PS5 natively supports HDMI connections, so it couldn’t be easy to connect it to an HDMI-compatible projector.
Step 1: Connect HDMI Cable to Both Devices
Find your projector’s available HDMI port and plug an HDMI 2.0 (for PS4) or an HDMI 2.1 (for PS5) cable into it. We’ve listed two compatible high-quality cables to use if you’ve lost your PS4/PS5’s original HDMI cable.
Once your HDMI cable is plugged into your projector, you can plug the other end into your PS4/PS5’s HDMI port.
Make sure both cable ends are securely attached to their respective devices to avoid any connectivity problems.
Step 2: Connect PS4/PS5 to Power
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Then, power on your projector.
Now you’re all set for an evening of gaming in your home theater!
2. HDMI to DVI-D
If your projector does not have any available HDMI ports but does have a DVI-D port, you can use an HDMI to DVI-D cable.
Note that you must use an HDMI sound extractor for this process, and your projector must have an AUDIO port.
Don’t worry. It’s easier than it sounds.
Step 1: Plug the HDMI to DVI Cable into Your Projector
Find your projector’s DVI-D port, not to be confused with its similar-looking VGA port.
Line up the cable’s pins with the port’s pin holes and press them firmly inside. Then, twist the DVI-D cable’s screws to secure it in place.
You do not need to use a converter here since HDMI and DVI-D are both digital.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI Audio Extractor to Your Projector
Now it’s time to connect your HDMI audio extractor to your projector.
Plug your HDMI to DVI cable’s HDMI end into the extractor’s HDMI OUT port. Avoid plugging it into the HDMI IN port, as this will prevent your PS4/PS5’s video and audio from transmitting to your projector.
Your HDMI audio extractor will have an Audio OUT port, which is sometimes labeled Stereo OUT. Plug one end of a 3.4mm audio cable (or AUX cable) into your extractor and projector’s Audio OUT port.
Step 3: Plug the HDMI Audio Extractor into Power
Your HDMI Audio Extractor must be connected to power and will come with a power cable.
Plug the cable into its DC port and attach the plug to a wall outlet. The extractor’s LED light will illuminate when it’s connected to power.
Step 4: Connect the HDMI Audio Extractor to Your PS4/PS5
Now you must connect the HDMI audio extractor to your PS4/PS5 using a compatible HDMI cable.
Plug the cable into the HDMI extractor’s HDMI IN port and the PS4/PS5’s HDMI port.
Ensure they’re properly fastened in place.
Step 5: Plug Your PS4/PS5 into Power
Now that all of your setup’s components are properly attached to each other, you can go ahead and plug your PS4/PS5 into a wall outlet with its power chord.
Finally, turn on your projector.
3. HDMI to VGA
If your projector is a bit older, it may feature a VGA cable.
Have no fear. You can still connect it to modern HDMI-compatible devices, like a PS4/PS5, using an HDMI to VGA converter.
Step 1: Connect Your Projector to the HDMI to VGA Adapter
VGA transmits analog video signals, so you will need a converter to use it as your PS4/PS5’s digital HDMI port.
Plug one end of a VGA cable into your projector and the other into the HDMI to VGA adapter’s VGA port.
Remember to ensure that the pins are lined up and the screws tightly fastened. It’s important that all of the pins are making contact with the pinhole, so double-check both cable ends before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Connect the Audio Cable
The HDMI to VGA adapter we’ve linked above features an Audio OUT port.
If you choose to purchase another adapter, please check it contains the same port, or else you will not be able to hear your game’s sound.
You must also ensure your projector has an Audio Out port.
Plug the ends of a 3.5mm (AUX) cable into the HDMI to VGA and projector’s Audio OUT ports.
Step 3: Plug the Adapter into Your PS4/PS5
You’re finally ready to connect your projector to your PS4/PS5.
Plug the HDMI to VGA adapter’s HDMI end into your PS4/PS5’s appropriate port.
Step 4: Power Your PS4/PS5
Congratulations! All of your cables are set up and everything is looking great.
The only thing left is to plug your PS4/PS5 into power, turn it on, and you’re good to go!
4. HDMI to Component Video
Quite a few modern projectors still have component input, which can be useful if your unit’s HDMI port is occupied.
The good thing about using analog component video adapters is that you won’t have to worry about ensuring your projector has an Audio OUT port to play sound.
Step 1: Plug the HDMI to Component Video Adapter into Your Projector
You will find five component video cables on your HDMI to Component Video adapter: two red, and one white, green, and blue.
Notice your projector’s component video ports, and plug in each cable in the port of the corresponding color. The two red cables serve different functions, so make sure they’re plugged into the correct ports.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI to Component Video Adapter to Power
HDMI to Component Video adapters must be connected to a stable power source, or else they will not transmit the video or audio, leaving your projector screen black.
So, find your adapter’s included power chord and connect it to a wall outlet.
Step 3: Plug the Adapter into Your PS4/PS5
You will also need a separate HDMI cable, preferably the one included with your PS4/PS5, though we’ve listed a compatible alternative above.
Plug the HDMI cable into your PS4/PS5 and your adapter, ensuring it’s secure.
Step 4: Plug Your PS4/PS5 into Power
Now, all you have to do is plug your PS4/PS5 into a wall outlet and turn it on.
Presto! Your projector is all setup and ready to be used.
5. HDMI to Composite Video
You may connect your PS4/PS5 to your projector using its composite video/RCA ports, characterized by their white, red, and yellow rims. Please do not confuse these with component video ports, which are in different colors.
Step 1: Attach the HDMI to Composite/RCA Converter to Your Projector
Plug each of the composite cables into your projector’s corresponding ports.
You may need to apply some force when plugging in each cable, as the connector needs to fit snuggly into my place. I like to listen for a clicking sound to be sure they’re secure.
Step 2: Plug the HDMI to Composite/RCA Converter into Power
Your HDMI to Composite/RCA converter comes with a micro USB power cable that must be plugged into a secure power source, preferably a wall outlet.
Plug the converter into power before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Change the Converter’s Mode
On the side of the converter, you will see a switch labeled NTSC/PAL.
These labels refer to your geographic region and must be set accordingly. If you live in North or South America, set it to NTSC by flipping it to the left. For residents of Europe and Asia, set your converter to PAL by switching it to the right.
Step 4: Plug the Converter into Your PS4/PS5
Plug an HDMI cable into the converter’s HDMI IN port. Then, plug the cable’s other end into your PS4/PS5.
Step 5: Connect Your PS4/PS5 to Power
Now, you’re ready to plug your PS4/PS5 into power. Remember to ensure the power cable is securely plugged into your PS4/PS5, and apply a little force if necessary to ensure it’s in place.
Then, turn it on and start gaming!
6. HDMI to S-Video
Last, but certainly not least, you have the option of connecting your PS4/PS5 to your projector via its S-Video port.
Here, you will need to use an HDMI to S-Video converter that features two component cables. These cables will be responsible for transmitting audio to your projector from your PS4/PS5, while the S-Video port will transmit video.
So, your projector must not only have an S-Video port but also two component ports (white and red).
- HDMI to S-Video Converter
- HDMI Cable (Included with Converter)
Step 1: Plug your HDMI to S-Video Converter into Your Projector
First, find your projector’s white and red component ports. Plug the HDMI to S-Video converter’s component ports into the ports of corresponding colors.
Now, it’s time to plug the S-Video cable into your projector. Notice the S-Video irregularly placed pins. These must line up with the S-Video port’s pinholes. Once you feel that the pins and pinholes are aligned, apply some pressure to secure the cable in place.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI to S-Video Converter to Power
The HDMI to S-Video Converter we’ve listed features a micro USB port labeled power and comes with a compatible power cable. Plug the cable into the power port, then into a USB power adapter.
Now you can plug the adapter into a wall socket, powering the converter. We recommend avoiding plugging it into your projector’s powered USB port, to ensure it receives enough electricity.
Step 3: Change the Converter’s Mode
You will see a switch on your HDMI to S-Video converter marked NTSC and PAL.
The NTSC option is for users living in either North or South America. The PAL option should be selected by those living in Asia or Europe.
Switch the converter to the correct mode before going to the next step. Please note the converter will not work if it’s set to the wrong mode.
Step 4: Plug the HDMI to S-Video Converter into Your PS4/PS5
This converter comes with an HDMI cable that you can use to attach it to your PS4/PS5. Plug the HDMI cable into both the converter and PS4/PS5’s HDMI ports.
You may also use your PS4/PS5’s provided cable or another high-quality cable if you wish.
Step 5: Connect Your PS4/PS5 to Electricity
Oh my, that was a lot of cables! Now that they’re all properly connected, plug your PS4/PS5 into an electrical outlet.
Don’t forget to make sure the plug and connector are firmly in place before powering it on.
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.