How to Connect a Video Game System to a Vizio Plasma HDTV

By Thomas McNish

When home video game consoles were first being mass produced in the 1970s, setup was complex and the graphics were pretty basic. Over time, however, TVs became bigger and consoles offered more realistic graphics. Today's most popular consoles, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, are specifically designed to be used with high-definition TVs. The Vizio (Wal-Mart's own brand of TV) is an HDTV that, although far more advanced than the TVs of yesteryear, is still compatible with video game consoles new and old.

Things You'll Need

  • Video game console
  • HDMI cable
  • Audio/visual cable

Step 1

Plug in your video game console's power source.

Step 2

Connect one end of the game console's audio/visual cable into the corresponding slot on the console if you have an older game console. If you have a newer console, insert one end of an HDMI cable into your console's "HDMI OUT" port.

Step 3

Plug the red and white ends of the audio/visual cable into the corresponding red and white audio inputs located on the back of your Vizio plasma TV if you have an older game console. Plug the yellow cable into the yellow "Video In" input. Depending on which model of Vizio TV you have, the yellow input may be located either right next to the audio inputs or it could be located a few ports away.

Step 4

Plug an HDMI cable into one of your TV's "HDMI IN" ports, if you have a newer console.

Step 5

Turn on your video game console and your Vizio plasma TV. Press the "TV/VIDEO" button on your remote to cycle through the various inputs. You should eventually get to an input that's displaying your video game console's home screen.