6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 11:12 AM by coengi
Salahfahed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hallo guys ! I need to know is it possible to connect iMac 21.5 late 2012 to ps3 through mini display port in thunderbolt ? I love new iMac and its display to play ps3 games. I'm planning to buy new ps3 ! Need help

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Ps3
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,110 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    The iMac can only be used as a monitor for Macs and some PCs. That's because you can only use it as a monitor if you connect it to another computer or device with a Thunderbolt port or Mini DisplayPort, and the PlayStation 3 hasn't got any of them

  • Salahfahed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for helping .... But as far as saw on Internet and YouTube people use imac 27 to play ps3 ..... I'm taking about is any other option like Belkin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter to get it done ! Cheers !

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,110 points)

    The problem is that you have an iMac with Thunderbolt ports, not Mini DisplayPort. I know that iMacs with Mini DisplayPort may work as a monitor for a PlayStation 3, but not iMacs with Thunderbolt ports

  • Salahfahed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple doesnot have mini display port ..... It has thunderbolt port .....can I use this port to use Belkin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter to get it done !

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,110 points)

    You can try it, but I'm not completely sure that it will work.


    I repeat what I told you: Mid 2010 and older iMacs (and all Macs built before 2011) have got Mini DisplayPort. Thunderbolt is a recent feature

  • coengi Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)



    just get the ps3 emulator from there and google/youtube out how you have to install it correctly, then you dont need to spend like $300,- for a new ps3 or whatever it will cost in your country, and i dont care either. keep in your mind that it will only run the game itself and not the ps3 OS, but you have your own webbrowser so you will not need that, practicly. only thing is, you need to get your games downloaded from the internet, and you need to hook up your ps3 controller with your mac, but there are plenty of tutorials for that and i can help you with that if you think this is handfull...


    now back to the thread, you wont need any aditional cabels, games, and most importantly, the entire ps3!



    if you are really planning to get a real ps3 working on it, that can be done in fact, you only have to buy yourself a this is superexpensive but you can even capture your games with this. and it will run your ps3 as a normal ps3 OS. just hit CMD+f2 (3th button on top left and bottom left).


    here is a link how to get that converter:

    http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/capture-convert/GameCaptureHD .en.html







    thats how to hook up your ps3 with your macbook/powermac/imac or even hackintosh (if it has minidisplayport/thunderbolt {witch is the same probably})








    so now you got 2 possibilities, buy a complete new ps3 with that extra convertercase or just download yourself an emulator that will make your mac function as a ps3

    (there is a catch at this emulator, you might need to upgrade your RAM to make it run more smoothly)




    hope this helped you out, GOOD LUCK WITH IT !!!