Connecting A PlayStation 3 To Your iMac


Can this be done? With the new Apple 27″ iMac –  it’s possible. According the the Tech Spec page at Apple’s website, it states that the “27-inch models also support input from external DisplayPort sources (adapters sold separately)”. For the adapters part, that’s where Belkin will come into the picture with it’s Belkin HDMI to Mini Display Port Adaptor.


According to the website, Belkin’s new HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Adapter allows you to view HD content from your Blu-ray player, PS3, or cable box on your Apple LED-backlit widescreen monitor. The adapter takes High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) content and converts it to the Mini DisplayPort format needed for the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and new Mac desktops. Because it enables high definition AV performance on your Apple LED-backlit Display, the Belkin HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Adapter provides you the option to use it like a digital TV.


In simple English, it basically means you can now use your spanking new 27-inch iMac to play all your full HD games by connecting your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Blu-ray player. Neat huh?

UPDATE: There, it’s the Audi from Forza Motorsport 3


46 Responses to “Connecting A PlayStation 3 To Your iMac”

  1. 1 zzeed October 25, 2009 at 7:48 am


    Very neat. Removes the need to buy another screen.

  2. 2 BigMacky October 25, 2009 at 9:09 am


    Yup. And you’re suddenly gaming on an LED screen. That’s just freaking amazing. Not LCD, not Plasma … but LED. Drooooool.

  3. 4 zzeed October 25, 2009 at 10:58 am


    Drooool…. Nice… 27″ is big enough screen for me.

    By the way, what does Audi R8 has anything to do with this entry

  4. 5 BigMacky October 25, 2009 at 11:05 am


    Hahahaha. That’s the latest model from the upcoming Forza Motorsport 3 for Xbox 360.

    • 6 stuepfnick October 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

      No, that’s the Audio R8 from GT5 Prologue. I had one in the game, looks the same. In the picture, only the exhaust looks like a disturbing factor, much like a pick, or fat pores of skin.

      • 7 BigMacky October 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm


        But but but but … I got the screenshot from for the game. Oh well, maybe gamespot did a booboo.

  5. 8 Gav October 27, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Any know if you could use a Wii?

    • 9 BigMacky October 28, 2009 at 7:04 am


      Belkin’s device is a HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Adapter. The Wii uses component. So, unless someone comes up with a device for it, I doubt you can.

  6. 10 uuser October 28, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Hello , BELKIN send me a mail… i can buy this @ 05.2010 in germany … I hope i can play with my X-Box on the new iMac 27″ …

  7. 12 John October 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Well bugger me! Now I NEED one!

  8. 13 Paul October 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

    The Belkin url link in the article is dead. Probably means it won’t be available for a looooong time.

    • 14 BigMacky October 28, 2009 at 1:49 pm


      Darn. It was still there yesterday. Guess they must be having some technical issues with the device and decided to pull it off their website for the time being.

  9. 15 uuser October 29, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Belkin HDMI to Mini Display Port Adaptor
    Part # F2CD007

    Belkin’s new HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Adapter allows you to view HD content from your Blu-ray player, PS3, or cable box on your Apple LED-backlit widescreen monitor.

    The adapter takes High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) content and converts it to the Mini DisplayPort format needed for the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and new Mac desktops.

    Because it enables high definition AV performance on your Apple LED-backlit Display, the Belkin HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Adapter provides you the option to use it like a digital TV.

    Converts the HDMI signal from any HDMI source—such as a Blu-ray player or an Xbox—and enables you to view it on the new Apple display.

    Creates an all-digital connection between HDMI source devices, such as DVD players, DVD recorders, gaming systems, digital set-top boxes, satellite TV receivers and A/V receivers with the Apple display.

    Belkin’s Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable can also be used independent of the Adapter to extend the video from your MacBook to your iMac LED-backlit display for an expanded desktop.

    Package Includes

    Belkin HDMI to Mini Display Port Adapter

    4ft Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable

    4ft USB cable

  10. 16 chris October 29, 2009 at 7:06 am

    i guess the module doesnt any real upscaling. the plug signal will to be set to 720p and doubled. when it works with hdmi it also might work with dvi-d (by setting de resolution to 1280×720)

  11. 17 Gav October 29, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Thanks Big Macky

  12. 18 newmaster October 31, 2009 at 12:52 am

    today send me BELKIN a eMail :
    They hope the new adapter to release in January 2010

    WE HOPE 🙂

  13. 19 zapeipaa November 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

    This is absolutely awesome. Was into buying a Macbook Pro because I didn’t want two monitors, but now this is gonna be the all in one monitor with built in powerful Mac!

  14. 20 Kenz November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Surely some Chinese company will reverse engineer it as soon as its out and release something similar for half the price…

  15. 21 Brunei November 8, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    hi. im just wondering if this can be done for the old iMac 20″ inch?

    appreciate your help

  16. 23 sensorrhea November 9, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I have a minidisplayport to HDMI adaptor for showing macbook video on an hdmi screen. I wonder if it would allow the opposite? ie can I plug it into my new 27″ imac and plug HDMI into it is some kind of special converter chip required?

  17. 24 sensorrhea November 9, 2009 at 4:27 am

    The belkin adapter no longer appears on their site. What’s up with that?

  18. 25 Derek November 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Ahhh, can’t wait for this!

    P.S. Can you post pics of your office space? Looks sweet in your about page pics.

  19. 27 Pingu December 4, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I have read the above comments.
    Wondered if anyone knows when this product is actually going on sale, as we all know by now yes the link has been terminated.
    I need one of these adapters pro time.
    Any info appreciated.

  20. 28 PingoPango December 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Has anyone actually done this? with or maybe with another product other than belkin?

    I have tried buying the apple hdmi adapter and hdmi to 360 and could not get it to work. or did not do it correctly?

    Spent couple hours with tech which were actually no help.

    Anybody actually used their new i5 imac as a screen for Xbox 360 or PS3 ?

  21. 29 Anonymous December 10, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I just received an email from Belkin that said: the product will be available from spring 2010… Guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer than expected.


  22. 30 ???? December 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    i will kiss ass if you hurry up with this product

  23. 31 Pingu December 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    FAO: PingoPango,

    There are a number of different products available on ebay to buy from Japan etc..

    However, seeming as the write up to this says that this is only the piece of technology that you can actually hook up your PS3/360 to the 27inch iMac’s then I would trust it.

    Furthermore this is the reason why I have not bought a similar product to this on ebay. Merely because I don’t trust a probable untested product from Japan or China even though they are way ahead of the technology race on every front. Belkin are not going to produce a product that does not work, which is why I’m guessing we are having to wait longer for this piece of technology.

    I’m pretty sure that the apple HDMI adapter is not designed for you to game because it doesn’t produce another channel on your iMac therefore no picture will be produced. It’s sole design is to attach to HD television where the HDMI will port a channel on your television set.

    It’s a shame that Belkin have thought of this and not apple, as the majority of us here would have bought it when buying this amazing screen.

    Anyway, if anyone has any further information on this product please share.


    • 32 10inchnail December 16, 2009 at 5:51 am

      Spring 2010 is a long time to wait and hope Belkin would hurry up a perfect this technology before some other company do it. Me too will kiss ass if Belkin hurry up with this product…. waiting sucks… just like the time i’ve waited for my Imac i7 to be delivered.

  24. 33 ryan0mega December 17, 2009 at 8:58 am

    even with the adapter — how will we HEAR the ps3, since the mini display does not have any audio connection. my hdmi port will be used up on the xbox 360, how am i going to get sound to some external speakers when the one cable is used up?

  25. 35 [r] December 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    For me its definitely a race to see who comes out with it first. Belkin (as listed above) is making their version, and so is this company, known as “Apogee Inc”.

    Here is their amateur video they posted a few days ago:

    although Belkin is a bigger company, I just really need this product. Apogee looks like they know what theyre doing atleast.

  26. 37 Bartók István December 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I do not understand why HDMI wasn’t good enough for Apple?
    It was an already existing standard, widely adopted by everyone.

    I would love to buy a 24 inch Apple CinemaDisplay as an external monitor for my PC laptop, but it seems there is no way to convert the standard DVI or HDMI output to Mini DisplayPort. 😦

    So, my case is lost business for Apple (I have to but a Dell or HP), and lost room comfort for me (the Apple display looks way better than any other stuff).

  27. 38 Adam January 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Happy New Year. to all of you guys.

  28. 39 ???? January 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    IS this out yet???? pls hurry!!!! i want to buy an imac but only if i can use it to watch hd tv and play my ps3 off of it

  29. 40 loolerluna January 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The Belfan (HDMIDPBF) HDMI To DisplayPort Converter by Apogee Inc. is avaliable here.…25a0da06cc001a

  30. 41 ???? January 14, 2010 at 5:44 am


    that link doesn’t work thanks though, this is what i get:

    We’re sorry for the inconvenience! The page you are looking for has moved or no longer exists. If you were looking for a particular section / product category, please take a look at our Site Map. If that is insufficient, try using our search function located on the top of this page.

    Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

  31. 42 Pingu January 14, 2010 at 6:01 am

    the link says it doesnt exist anymore..

    its a fony

  32. 44 loolerluna January 15, 2010 at 3:27 am

    And go here :

    There are lots of helpful details about Connecting A PlayStation 3 To Your iMac.

  33. 45 loolerluna January 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Atlona Technologies DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter, the AT-DP200 will do the trick too.

    It’s similar to Dr Bott Digital Video Link for 27″ iMac 720p.

    All these converters will only output at 720p. Unless connect to HDMI upscaler which currently only Atlona Technologies has it.

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