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Connecting to Gaming Devices - Smart TV

Installation TV Audio Video Accessories, TVs Last Updated 11/16/2018
Connecting to Gaming Devices - Smart TV - Connecting External Devices
Easy TV Connect Guide

Most gaming systems can connect to your TV using a variety of cables. Determining which cables to use depends on which input types you have available on your television, and your personal preference for how you wish to experience your gaming content.

Note: Connection types are generally universal, but if you would like specific instructions pertaining to your gaming system, visit the manufacturer's website.

Most modern gaming systems can be connected using HDMI, which transmits both sound and video digitally. This is the default connection type for full HD (1080p). Some more recent systems may support 4K content which requires HDMI 2.0 for Deep Color.


HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface—a fancy name for a type of digital connection that can transmit both high-definition video and high-resolution audio signals via the same cable. Most new LG TVs have at least a couple HDMI jacks, but you may have more than two external devices to connect to your TV—so choose what works best for you—it really comes down to personal preference and what input ports you have available.

The great thing about HDMI connections is that they're so easy to set up. Simply connect one end of the HDMI cable into one of your TV's HDMI input ports and then connect the other end into your gaming system's output port.

If you don't have an HDMI input available, or if you just don't have the cable yet, there are other types of connections that gaming systems use.

Note: The input types mentioned below are not capable of 4K broadcasting.

connection chart
  • Component Video - Red, Blue, and Green wires carry analog video, and the additional red and white wires carry stereo audio. These wires are capable of transmitting video with full HD resolutions (1080p and beyond). However, most newer TVs will not display a 1080p signal via the component input, to get full HD on these you'll need HDMI.
  • Composite Video - Yellow, Red, and White wires carry standard definition analog video and stereo audio. These cables transmit a maximum of quality of 527i, though 480i is the highest standard definition broadcast resolution in the US.

    Note: These cables do not carry an HD signal.

HDMI is the best choice if available. If not, connect your cables as shown above.

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