PS3 Setup w/ HDMI Monitor - Need Help

By EXCellR8
Aug 31, 2009
  1. Alright, so I've ventured back into the world of console gaming by purchasing a PS3, which I'm very exited about :) However, I would like some advice on how to go about setting it up as I don't own an HDTV.

    I was planning to use my HDMI-capable LCD computer monitor which supports full 1080p resolution, which I am told is the max resolution of the console. So the video shouldn't be a problem, it's getting the console to produce sound through my desktop speakers that has me a little stumped.

    I want to use optical out for sound but I don't have a receiver. My sound card (X-Fi Titanium) has both optical in and optical out ports which will support a game console according to the manual. That would probably be fine if it worked, but that means I would need to run my computer whenever I wanted sound... not ideal.

    So, I don't have everything planned out perfectly yet... so I was looking for suggestions on how to set this thing up. I also wanted to know if I could use a regular headset (not USB) and have it work with the console for online gaming. If not, I can use USB which wouldn't be a problem. Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    congrats on your new ps3 , the speaker and hd monitor thing I don't know , but the headset you have I presume its blue tooth , just try pairing it with the ps3 , mind you I think you can only pair it with one device at a time .
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    The headset I have is the GameCom 777, which has a USB adapter. I guess I could just use the USB because it's not bluetooth or anything special. I just don't want to buy another one when this one cost me around $80 and it's not even a year old yet.

    Regardless, there was a problem with my order and Newegg canceled my order flat out, so it looks like I will have additional time to figure out the setup :(
  4. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    expensive headset , my blue tooth one was only 23 euro , there was something in today's firmware update 3.0 about multiple-audio outputs , this may help with your speaker's .
  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    Well, the reason it was so expensive is because the USB adapter features built-in virtual surround sound... which is great for gaming. And it's a great headset on top of that which is why I'd love to be able to use it with the PS3. It also has around-the-ear style speakers so it's really comfortable; you could probably wear it all day. Unless I can find a decent headset for under $30 then I will try to use the one I have.
  6. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    You can set video out to HDMI and audio out to HDMI, RCA, or Optical. It's probably just as easy to use the RCA connections TBH.
  7. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    well, my monitor doesn't have built-in speakers so setting the audio to HDMI does little good... not sure I could even use RCA without a converter box or something. like i said i don't have a receiver anywhere near my computer so i can't hook anything up the traditional way. i guess optical is my best bet, but i wish i could just use the input jack on my right speaker and connect it to the PS3.
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