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About the product
- Designed for HDTVs, LCD TVs, projectors and PC monitors with VGA input
- Five foot in length
- Compatible with PS3, output resolution at 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p
- Compatible with Nintendo Wii, output resolution at 480p
- Includes: VGA Cable for PS3 and Nintendo Wii, 15 pin male to male VGA adapter, Audio Extension Cable
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Experience mind blowing, high-definition brilliance gameplay with the High Definintiion VGA Cable for PS3 and Nintendo Wii. Designed for HDTVs, LCD TVs, projectors as well as PC monitors, you can now play your PS3 at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p high resolution, or you can play your Nintendo Wii at 480p resolution. Don't settle for your standard component cable when you get the best output quality for your PS3 or Nintendo Wii with the High Definition VGA Cable for PS3 and Nintendo Wii.
Top customer reviews
Setting up for the Wii to work with the VGA cable took a couple of steps that could be a hassle for some, however this a Wii setup issue and has NOTHING to do with the cable. The directions are printed on the back and are easy to follow so Im not sure why people are having such a hard time with using this cable.
You must change an option in the Wii settings to get the Wii to display properly out of the VGA portion of the cable. Unfortunately in order for this option to be selectable, the VGA cable must be connected to something as well. Thankfully, I have a TV downstairs that has a "VGA" input, so I connected my Wii to the TV with the Green, Red & yellow heads and also connected the VGA head to the same TV. Powered up the Wii, went to settings,selected the VGA option, I don't remember the exact wording, and then the screen went dark. This indicated to me that the Wii had successfully switched to the "VGA" output mode. I powered down the Wii and it works PERFECTLY on my LCD monitor upstairs.
Shipping was fast and the packaging was top quality.
Setup is a bit of a hassle - if you plug the cable into your monitor while the Wii is set to Standard Television output (480i), it won't display at all. So you need the change the Wii settings before you try to use the cable. Change the output to HDTV while the Wii is hooked up to a television:
Wii settings > Screen > TV resolution > HDTV (480p)
When I set it up, I used the cable to attach the wii to my friend's television and my monitor at the same time. Some of the other reviews suggested this may be necessary to "calibrate" the cable. However, this is difficult because of the short length of the cables. I think it would work just as well to hook the wii up to just the television, and change the settings then. I didn't have to do any additional calibration other than changing the output to "HDTV."
*Note - Don't worry if you get a black and white image on your Television when you hook up the cables to it. This was only something I saw during setup. The image on the monitor is always in color.
Pro: Image is what I would expect for the Wii, which doesn't have as much resolutions as other consoles such as the PS3.
Overall, it maps to the screen just fine - good details, and spot-on colors!
Con: Occasional screen flicker to black, but very brief/instantaneous. Infrequent and subtle enough that it is easily ignored.
The cable does not come with a sound adapter cable. I bought the "Manhattan 6 inches Stereo Splitter-3.5mm Jack to 2-RCA Jacks Audio Adapter " to go with it, and that worked wonderfully with my external speakers. Very cheap supplement.
The only problem that I had with this, (and I had researched this before,) was the occasional black screen. Now, if you go to other sites and find similar cables, you might see other reviews that rant on and on about how annoying this black screen is. Some might say it's deadly and ridiculous, and that this product is garbage because of it.
The truth is: about every 5 minutes of game time, (I have not timed this, so this is only an estimate of a gamer wrapped up in his game.) the screen will black out for roughly 2-3 seconds, and promptly return. The sound is still playing, but the screen is black. That's it. It sounds alot worse than it is.
Some might say it's a deal-breaker, I say it's more of a minor annoyance. You will need speakers or some other input for the RCA cable. It DOES NOT come with a gender changer for the VGA, it is a Female VGA cable.
Set-up is simple. You will need a television, (which for some of you you might be thinking, "that's dumb, I bought this because I don't have one,") but you will only need it for roughly a minute or two. Instructions are included, but at the very bottom of this review I will quickly (and simply) run over the steps.
Overall, this product has helped me immensely, and I am very happy with my purchase. I have only tested it with a Wii, but the results have been satisfactory. I recommend this product to anyone who would like a Wii to VGA cable.
INSTRUCTIONS: Plug in the Wii to TV, using the green connector to the usual yellow video input. In the Wii settings, change the resolution to 480p, from 480i. The screen might go black, and the Wii might restart, (I don't quite remember) but all you have to do now is connect the Wii to your VGA input. It should be working.