Xbox 360 HD

Discussion in 'Games' started by barr08, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. barr08 macrumors 65816

    barr08

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    I just bought a 360 last night, and I was wondering about the component cable that comes with it. Am I getting the best quality on my LCD HDTV with the cable that came with the system, or would I do better with a different cable? Do I need to tinker with any settings in the 360 software, or is it the best quality out of the box? I got an HDTV just for this system, so I want to make sure I am getting the best results. Thanks!
     
  2. Haoshiro macrumors 68000

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    You might get slightly better with VGA, if your TV supports it.

    However in my experience the component cables that come with the system are great quality, personally I haven't seen the need to switch to VGA. Of course, I haven't seen any comparisons, so someone else might be able to tell you more accurately. In theory, they (VGA/Component) are very close to the same (and both analog).
     
  3. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a

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    From what I understand you want the vga cable if you want to maximize your hd-dvd viewing experience if you have hddvd addon. with that said I have a vga cable on my dads 55"dlp at home and here at my apt I have the component and have yet to see any real difference
     
  4. clayj macrumors 604

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    VGA will have an even bigger impact on regular DVD viewing:

    Component = HD-DVD @ 1080i, DVD @ 480p
    VGA = HD-DVD @ 1080p, DVD @ 1080p

    Go with VGA if you can. Otherwise component is only slightly less good.
     
  5. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    Monster Cables are overrated and ridiculously overpriced.
    Stick with the one you've got. :)
     
  6. stagecustom macrumors regular

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    wait? i thought VGA can only produce 720p for the 360 to a monitor? it says on the box of my official vga cables, or is that only for the HD DVD add on?
    i guess what im getting at is: is the vga hooked up to a 1080i tv gonna display 1080i? incase i get one in the future?:) BTW ignorance is bliss;)
     
  7. clayj macrumors 604

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    The box is wrong. VGA connections on the 360 can now go up to 1080p. So yes, using VGA to go to your 1080i VGA-capable TV will get you 1080i in ALL modes (game, DVD, HD-DVD).
     
  8. stagecustom macrumors regular

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    AWESOME! will regular dvd's played in the 360 on my 720p monitor (vga) look better then when i play them through my mac mini into the same monitor in dvi?
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    Ummm... there's really no way to say either way. You'll need to judge that for yourself.
     
  10. Motley macrumors 6502

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    I think the 360 upscales (fakes hi-def) the dvds while the mac does not do any upscaling (of which I am aware).
     
  11. clayj macrumors 604

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    That's true, it does. But how good it's going to look is still a bit subjective. Upconverted DVDs have more resolution, but no "new pixels" (i.e., no new detail)... so they're pretty sharp, but they won't look as good as an HD-DVD playing at the same resolution, for example.
     

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