While modern monitors and TVs are typically the best choice for playing PlayStation 5, there are still individuals who have a keen interest in retro gaming or possess CRT TVs. Naturally, they may wonder whether the PS5 can run on these old CRTs. Most older CRT TVs only have AV inputs (Composite), although modern CRTs may also include component inputs. However, it’s important to note that most CRTs are limited to 480i and cannot accept a 480p signal.
Fortunately, in this modern era, there are various tools available to address this issue, such as video converters. These converters come in different types, including VGA to HDMI, HDMI to VGA, HDMI to AV, AV to HDMI, VGA to AV, HDMI to Component, and more. For our purpose, we specifically need an HDMI to AV converter for CRTs with only Composite inputs or an HDMI to Component converter for CRTs that support 480p.
One example of an HDMI to AV converter is the HDMI 2 AV, which is relatively affordable. It comes with a USB mini cable for power, which is included in the package. The converter allows you to select between NTSC and PAL formats. Simply plug it in, and you’re ready to go. However, it’s worth mentioning that the screen may appear stretched to a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is characteristic of CRT displays.
That’s about it! If you’re interested, you can check out the video demonstration, although please note that my CRT has some capacitor issues, resulting in some wobbling in certain areas.
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