Connecting your PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii to a computer monitor is a great alternative to buying an expensive and clunky TV. Monitors have many advantages over TV’s: they’re easier to put on desks, they’re far more versatile, and they’re way cheaper. You only need a few items to connect your console to a computer monitor, so let’s get started!
There are two aspects of the console you have to configure – the video and audio. First, you should check to see what kind of video inputs your monitor or prospective monitor has. For the PS3 and Xbox 360, there are 3 ways you can connect your console to a monitor – VGA, DVI, and HDMI. Wii’s don’t have HD, so they only run in VGA. DVI and HDMI both run in high definition, while VGA usually runs at a lower quality; you should decide which you want before you buy anything. Most new monitors don’t have VGA, because it’s a bit outdated.
If you have a VGA monitor:
Use the cables to the right (you may not see them if you have an Adblock on) to connect your PS3/Xbox 360/Wii to your VGA monitor. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but might have less quality potential compared to the other video options. Note that if you don't have a sound system that you can plug in your red and white audio cables into, you'll have to buy an additional audio adapter (most speakers need one). Refer to the bottom of this page for this.
If you have an HDMI monitor:
This is the most straightforward and versatile video connection, in addition to being the highest quality output. Simply buy any generic HDMI cable, and attach your console to the monitor. The problem is unlike with TV’s, the HDMI cable doesn’t double as an audio adapter – for how to connect your audio system, look at the bottom of the page.
If you have a DVI monitor:
The way to connect your console to a DVI monitor is exactly the same as the HDMI one – you just need to convert your HDMI into a DVI input. This can be done two ways. If you already have an HDMI cable, then you can buy the adapter, but if you don’t have it, you can buy a HDMI to DVI output cable. I like to use the adapter, because then I can use the HDMI cable for other things if I need it (the HDMI to DVI cable isn’t very versatile, but if connecting the console to your monitor is its sole use, it’s fine).
For the audio:
To connect your console’s audio to speakers, you have to connect your red/white/yellow cable to an adapter that converts it into a single 1/8, which you can plug your speakers into. The Logitech adapter is perfect for it, and works for every console. Simply match up the colors for the inputs, and attach your speakers to the other side. (If the Amazon link isn't showing up to the right, search Logitech 5.1 Game Console Adapter on Amazon)
Gustav on July 31, 2016:
what do you dou if you have all 3 inputs ion your monitor?
Sam on March 24, 2015:
Can you use a vga to hdmi cable?
Rod Lockwood on February 10, 2015:
I have Logitec speakers, but I don’t know if they are 5.1. The model number I can find is S-0264A. It only has two jacks. One for headphones and another with a musical note next to it. I am hooking up a Wii to a monitor with both VGA and DVI. I have also found a Wii to HDMI converter that I can then use the HDMI to DVI method for the monitor, but it only has one output female jack for audio.
Lesley Charalambides from New Hampshire on December 22, 2013:
Thanks! I was on the point of spending $200 for a new TV, the cables and converter have cost 50 - so thanks for saving me $150!
MaliceAlyce on November 13, 2013:
how do you connect the component cable (red/white connectors needed for audio along with an adapter) AND the HDMI cable both at the same time on an Xbox 360 Elite? It's designed so that you cannot use cables in both ports at the same time.
Rina on November 09, 2013:
I'm not very good at these things so I'd like to check!
My computer monitor has all 3 input slots it seems, including the VGA one. Does that mean I can connect my Wii to it by following these instructions?
10Shillings on October 28, 2013:
If you're still not getting it working with the HDMI connected it could be because the monitor lacks HDCP support. This is essentially copyright for HDMI stuff. If it isn't HDCP supported then I don't think there's any way to get it to work I'm afraid.
sushant p. on October 09, 2013:
I have connected ps3 to samsung syncmaster 2033 thorough hdmi to dvi cable but i can't see video.please help.... Thanks in advance...
rinesh on September 26, 2013:
I connected my ps3 using that cable for vga, but I don't get any video only the sound works. My pc monitor says 'input not supported'.
2G on August 14, 2013:
Mr. Wehttam on February 28, 2013:
Thank you so much! :D
mellisa on February 16, 2013:
I have a VGA, use WHAT cables to the right of WHERE??? lol