TV out component cable review

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PSP Slim TV out component cable review:

One of the reasons I decided to buy a Slim was for this new TV Out feature and after seeing the Japanese TV ads for it it seemed good and the borders not too bad. So anyway I finally got hold of a component cable for my PSP Slim yesterday. I had to order it in from overseas, as Its very hard to find one here in Spain . (If its even out here yet !!) I have yet to see one of them available, just the plain AV cable which you can only use for video and photos etc, Just not games. Which I think is a waste of time. I don’t know why people wouldn’t want to play games as well.

So I connected this to my TV, first I’ve noticed the cable length is not what i thought it was going to be..Its about 2.5 m or less. And that means it doesn’t reach from my TV to the couch!! That’s not good! upon selecting TV-out through the XMB I was happy to see a full screen menu. Not bad I though, looks great. However when loading up Metal Gear Solid Portable, it went from having small borders on the PSP boot slash image to the games massive borders! (See below)

TV out component cable

Nice huge borders you got there Snake!

Now I recall the Japanese advert showing smaller borders on the TV out from the PSP Slim, maybe false advertising is legal in Japan? Or that bravo TV was using a zoom function…. My guess is they were using the zoom function on the TV. So in 16:9 output and I’m seeing almost 40-45% of my TV’s screen is lovely black borders. I understood there would be borders, but I never believed it would be almost half the screen. If your lucky you TV can zoom in on the picture. But at the cost of being more pixelated . Thankfully I can zoom, but only vertically arghh…Damn so that’s no good either.

Once playing a while through the TV you begin to forget about the huge borders, of course there must be a reason for this Sony wouldn’t give us such border without reason surely?. CPU power is needed for up scaling and maybe the little unit just can’t do both without a loss in fps. Once you return to the PSP screen its looks so sharp and more detailed.

I’m left with that disappointed feeling from my TV-out PSP experience.

The Good: Having a portable movie player. Finally being able to play PSP games on your TV. Option to use it like a portable MAME box. Those arcade games look good on the TV.

The Bad points: Borders much larger than originally advertised 40-45% of the screen is a border. Cable length is too short.

Rating: 6.5/10 – Give us a slightly higher resolution and a longer cable please Sony :)

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12 Comments

  1. PSP-Fan says:

    I hope at least with the home-brew full screen hack that people can get the resolution increased in PSP games and full screen on Homebrew and PSX games that need less CPU power to be able to handle full screen output.

    Less keep out fingers crossed for an full screen prx plug-in :)

  2. Andrew says:

    The Sony Bravia TV’s automatically Up-Scale any lower res sources plugged into them.

  3. PSP-Fan says:

    I guess I brought the wrong TV then….Why can’t my Samsung do that.!!

  4. Andrew says:

    Because you didn’t pay the Sony price premium ;-)

    Or because Samsung wasn’t innovative enough. :P

  5. Subzero says:

    same goes for me w/ my jvc musee. damn i thought i could be playing my psp slim
    games using ny 25″ tv. any advice except changing my tv (to think that i just bought my tv last Jan, Damn!)

  6. Andrew says:

    Basically, You need a TV with a Zoom or Upscaling function. Or you could have a hunt around for an upscaling unit (like a set top box) to plug into your teevee.

  7. fingas says:

    i cant beleive that sony would lie to make sales. Not! the fullscreen out isn’t really worth it untill cfw plugin or some clever people fit it to cfw m33 3.71 upwards it’s crap watching a big black border especialy when my new phillips lcd specifically recomends that lcd’s be fullscreen as black boxing can cause screen burn. thats not my quote thats the phillips manual so come on dax or m33 or anybody good enough make a bloody plugin i dont care if it eventually looks crap

  8. fingas says:

    i cant beleive that sony would lie to make sales. Not! the fullscreen out isn’t really worth it. not (at least) untill cfw plugin or some clever people fit it to cfw m33 3.71 upwards it’s crap watching a big black border especialy when my new phillips lcd specifically recomends that lcd’s be fullscreen as black boxing can cause screen burn. thats not my quote thats the phillips manual so come on dax or m33 or anybody good enough make a bloody plugin i dont care if it eventually looks crap i bought a xbox360 for hd gaming i just dont wanna wreck ma screen while using my xbox360 pad and tv out psp with m33 3.71-4 and irshell.PLZ it’s been on the damn psp 6 months and not many people are trying to sort this. please someone just make somkind of wrapper that wraps to the new function call for fullscreen games and homebrew running from the game folder without having to wait for most homebrew coders to recompile cuz that’s taken 6 moons aleady.

  9. carlos says:

    it really sucks, i have a 46″ lcd tv and the psp reminds me the 25″ i used to have!!!

  10. d-lash says:

    i’m not mad at sony, the av out cable is very useful for all the psp functions so i could overlook the border problem until they find something to do about it.

  11. joel says:

    Sorry!

    Can i use this with a phat psp?(psp-1004)

    Thanks!

  12. d-lash says:

    i don’t think so. i say this because the phat psp doesnt have the tv component adjustment in the system settings like the slim psp, so i doubt it’ll work.