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Video Game Cables and Adapters

Get a visually-stunning picture as your take your game through its paces with video game cables and adapters for your setup. Connecting your video game consoles to display devices, such as monitors, projectors, and TVs, is not difficult if you know the different types of cables, their uses, and where to connect them. Poor-quality cables and adapters may detrimentally affect your game's performance, while incorrect ones may not work at all.

Different cables and adapters have different functions. For example, power cables power up your console so you can play, while a link cable creates a communication channel between your controller and that of your friend's. Connect your console to your TV with video game A/V cables that send both audio and video signals, while the video game controller extension cables conveniently extend the distance from which a person can play, such as to the corner of a room.

To enjoy your game frustration-free, ensure that the cables and adapters you're considering are compatible with the type of gaming console you have. Multi-platform cables and adapters also offer convenience and versatility. Look for video game accessory bundles that include game controllers, chargers, or memory cards to better your gaming experience.

If your retro-style or classic game is in standard-definition video, analogue connectors, such as the composite video, the separate-video, and the old-school video graphics array (VGA) or D-sub 15, are adequate for good-to-excellent picture quality. Since they are analogue connectors, however, picture quality is subject to interference. When you opt for the digital visual interface, or DVI, connector that carries both analogue and digital signals, you'll get much sharper images than VGAs on your LCD monitor or desktop computer. For a modern game in high-definition video, the high-definition multimedia interface, or HDMI, carries both video and audio signals with the highest-quality picture and sound similar to that of a DisplayPort connection.

Although most TVs accept signals from sources with different resolutions, they usually display it in the TV's natural resolution, which may or may not be the same. To get the best picture quality possible, change your computer's resolution to match that of your TV's native resolution when streaming or sending video signals. This dot-to-dot, or pixel-to-pixel, matching results in crystal-clear images that do not blur.