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About the product
- Works with PS2/3, Xbox 360, and Wii. Connects all three devices to one set of component inputs.
- Red, green and blue cables provide true color separation and reduced interference for the ultimate in picture color, clarity, and resolution
- 6 ft (1.8 m)
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The Universal Component cable is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PS2 [slim], Wii and Xbox 360 Note: It does not work with game cube
Top Customer Reviews
The cable works perfectly for this purpose on the PS3. Both composite and component connections are routed in the cable and both work with the selector switch on HDTV (PS3 in NTSC mode). To define the ultimate in laziness, I no longer have to leave the couch to switch between the two... it's just a menu setting change on the PS3. All routing passes through my AV receiver so I don't even have to change the input selection on the receiver. I could route component signals to the TV as well but I'd have to have a buffered video signal box to split the receiver's component output while not degrading the signal to the projector. Not to mention the TV is natively only NTSC resolution anyway even though it does have a component input (a complete waste). I could go into greater detail about video formats but seems like overkill just talking about a cable.
Since the universal cable is also supposed to work with the Wii, I thought I'd plug that in too. Users should take caution when attempting to turn on two devices at the same time and potentially just plugging them in at the same time as all the connections are routed together in the cable which could lead to a video/audio output trying to drive another video/audio output. Probably won't hurt anything except there won't be a picture or sound.
I quickly discovered, however, that the composite signal for the Wii with the selector on HDTV does not output anything on composite. I would guess that the Wii console needs to detect a pin on the cable to switch video modes... can't run both outputs at the same time but is that really important for most users? :)
I did not test the cable with a 360 but I will say I'm impressed that the 360 connector appears to have the optical audio converter built in like the Microsoft branded component cable. I see that at the time of writing the MS component cable for 360 costs a little less than this universal cable. Chances are it's the same as the Wii in that the console needs to detect a pin on the cable to switch video modes so the component/composite can't be used simultaneously.
Basically, cable works exactly as I was hoping for my PS3 :)