With the Sony Playstation 2 and in some cases the Playstation 3, you can play certain games in progressive scan mode. Progressive scan mode is a video format that some HD televisions support. If your TV supports progressive scan you can get a higher quality DVD and gaming viewing experience with your PS2 or PS3. Note that you’ll need to switch to the format specifically whenever inserting a progressive scan compatible game, movie, or audio CD.


Find an electronics or gaming store that sells Playstation compatible component video cables. You can identify component video cables by the fact that they have three, four ,or five colored jacks on one end.


Connect each jack with the matching color on the rear of your HD TV. You’ll need a separate adapter box if your TV lacks component video in connections as many older TVs might lack.Original Sony Playstation 2Credit: MarekK at the Polish language Wikipedia [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Power up your HD TV and connect the Playstation to the TV. Use your TV menu controls to access the video settings mode and change the settings to video component. If you have the component video cables connected to an adapter because your television lacks component video in, you’ll instead need to tune your TV to channel 3 or 4. You’ll know you have the right selection when the Playstation video is visible on your screen.


Next you’ll actually need to turn on progressive scan. Get the Playstation controller and restart the Playstation. When the PS logo appears on the screen hit the green triangle button multiple times. Make sure the progressive scan disc is already loaded into the Playstation drive. A menu should appear and let you know progressive scan has been turned on.


If this method does not work for you turn off the Playstation unit and take out the disc. Turn on the gaming console with no disc in it. Select the system configuration option from the main menu on the gaming console. Use your controller directional pad to find and choose Component Video/Out. Press the Playstation controller’s X button and scroll down to the Y CB/Pb Cr/Pr option if you are using a five jack component cable. Use RGB if the component video cable is three jack. Hit X again and exit the setting menu.


Reinsert the disc and wait for it to load. If the disc is progressive scan capable the video will play in progressive scan mode. Some discs may be marked on their packaging as progressive scan.