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As television technology evolves, it gets more difficult to connect classic consoles to modern television sets. Hooking up my PlayStation 2 for gaming and streaming via HDMI was particularly difficult, until Pound’s PlayStation 2 HD Link cable made it simple.

My original attempt at connecting my PlayStation 2 (and original PlayStation) to my capture box, currently an Avermedia Live Gamer Ultra, was a generic white box I purchased off Amazon that was labeled something like PS2 To HDMI. It worked, sort of. I got a lot of stuttering trying to record video, and some stuff wouldn’t play at all.

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When Pound reached out to me about their $30 PlayStation 2 HDMI cable, I was skeptical. How was it any different from the ones I’d tried previously? It connects to the PlayStation 2 the same way—one end in the AV slot of the console, the other end a standard HDMI cable. An additional USB cable runs from the Pound device to the PS2 to provide power.

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But once hooked up, the difference was immediately apparent. Pound’s adapter worked without a hitch. I got upscaled HDMI 720p video from my PlayStation 2.

Here’s a quick clip I snagged from one of my favorite PS2 games, Capcom’s Bombastic.

The Pound adapter can be connected to a PlayStation 2 or original PlayStation, though I prefer to use the PS2's backwards compatibility (ahh, the good old days) to play games like Beast Wars Transmetals. It’s what one of the worst 1-on-1 fighting games ever deserves.

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Illustration for article titled This Adapter Is The Easiest Way To Connect A PlayStation 2 To HDMI

The Pound might be easy to use, but it has its downsides. For one, no matter what screen ratio I set for the PlayStation 2, the HD Link cable stretches it out full screen. If you want that old school 4::3 ratio in your streams or videos, you’ll have to tweak the image in your streaming or video editing software, unless your television has a setting for forcing it.

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And while the HD Link cable is upscaling to 720p, it’s upscaling composite video rather than the superior component video, which does make a significant difference.

And there’s that black border. Not that it detracts from Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, my go-to PlayStation 2 game.

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Illustration for article titled This Adapter Is The Easiest Way To Connect A PlayStation 2 To HDMI

The Pound isn’t fancy, and there’s room for improvement, but damn if it isn’t easy. Just a couple of cables plugged in and boom, Pound’s PlayStation 2 HD Link delivers a sharp HDMI signal perfect for capture, streaming or just playing old favorites, upscaled with no noticeable lag. That’s exactly what I needed.

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Read more about the PlayStation 2 HD Link cable over at Pound’s website.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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