Why Is My PlayStation 2 In Black and White?

Why Is My PlayStation 2 In Black and White?

Sony’s PlayStation 2 is a vintage gaming console. We all have had our time with this console back in the day.

Now, if you are going to revisit the PlayStation 2, you might come across some troubles setting it up. The most commonly asked question is, “Why is my PlayStation 2 in black and white?”

Fear not. We have compiled a list of troubleshooting methods that might come in handy. Let’s get right to it!

Video and Audio Outputs

Unlike modern electronics, PlayStation 2 does not use an HDMI cable. Instead, it uses two different video output modes: composite video with three different cables. They are red and white for audio and yellow video cables. Additionally, there’s a YPBPR component video with red, green, and blue cables.

So, you have to carefully check if your cables are plugged in properly or not. You might have to switch your output modes based on the system you are using. To do this, go to Settings and then Video Outputs and switch from RGB to Y/cb/pr.

Solving Black and White Screen Issue

If you connect your PS2 with the TV and see a black and white screen, it’s pretty natural for you to feel a bit frustrated. There is no need to worry about this. There are some easy fixes.

Luckily, we have seen the worst of it and have been able to identify a few reasons that might cause such an issue. Followed by our analysis is a preferable solution to the problem.


The first issue would be that you may not have plugged the three cables properly. You have to plug in the cables according to their colors. If they are correctly connected, then you’ll have to change your input mode.


To solve the problem, first, check whether your cables are plugged in properly or not. If they are plugged incorrectly, and you are still having the issue, you have to change your input from Component to AV.

How to Change from Component to AV

Check your remote for the TV. There should be a button called Input. Press it, and you should see a menu. Navigate to the option AV using the up or down arrow and select AV. That should do it.

How to Connect PS2 with Modern TVs

The days of CRT TVs are long gone. Unfortunately, PS2 is not compatible with modern HD TVs and their video outputs. Most modern TVs use HDMI or display ports. So, what do you do if you want to connect your PS2 with your current TV?

The solution is pretty simple. What you need is a PS2 to HDMI converter. This adapter allows you to actually connect your age-old PS2 with a modern-day TV. You just have to plug one end into the PS2, and the other end can be plugged into the HDMI port of your TV.

Now, you have yet another job to do. Just connecting this adapter will not give any output.

The issue is that the PS2 works on two video output modes: composite video (red/white audio, yellow video cables) and YPBPR component video (red, green, and blue cables). The converter can only function in the YPBPR component mode, but it reverts to composite video, so you need to change it.

To change to YPBPR mode, just follow the following steps:

  1. Turn on your PS2 without any game discs inserted
  2. Wait for 10–20 seconds
  3. Push [ down ] [X] ( Brings the System Settings )
  4. Press [down] [down] [down] [X] ( Navigates through component video selection )
  5. Push [right] and [X]

6. Now it is done. You should see a live display on your TV.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do PS2 games look bad on HDTV?

PS2 is an old console, and it cannot process HD videos or game graphics. Most PS2 games were developed for 640x480 resolution. Modern HD TVs have a resolution of 1920x1080 or 4096x2160. Because of this, the game graphics can look so blurry and pixelated.

Do PS2 games look better on SDTV?

Yes. All PS2 generation games were made for SDTVs or CRT monitors. These games will run and look better on them.

Where can I find PS2 to HDMI converters?

You can look into a local electronics shop for these cables. You can also search on either Amazon or E-bay.

Bottom Line

This concludes our guide to troubleshooting the PS2 display problems. We hope our article has solved your issues and answered your question — “Why is my PlayStation 2 in black and white?”.

If you have further inquiries, don’t hesitate to look them up on online forums. There’s always one or two friendly neighborhood tech-geek who would be willing to help. Happy gaming!



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