MacBook + EyeTV + XBOX 360 = ???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Benjamin Black, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Benjamin Black macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2006
    Dalls, TX
    Okay, question...

    I know the video card (or lack thereof) in the MacBook is supposed to greatly hamper (or in some instances completely cripple) computer gameplay, but I was just wondering if using an external gaming console might be different?

    Is there any chance that hooking-up an XBOX 360 to a MacBook will provide acceptable gameplay? Would the game console act as the video card and the MB a monitor (like a regular tv), or no?
  2. Paulhammer macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2006
    This should work exactly like hooking up the 360 to any TV.
  3. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    I may be mistaken about this but im not so sure you can actually route an input signal into a mabook pro without ALLOT of lag.
    I know people have tried this with the IMac's & Eyetv, but the transfer rate is so slow that it makes in uplayable.
  4. R.Youden macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    Some of the new eyeTV boxes have a special Video Game input I believe which removes the lag.
  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Bumping this thread back up...

    I see the EyeTV 250 and EyeTV EZ have game modes. Both are SD- 480i. Not sure if it has 480p or not- can S-Video carry 480p? If not, then it's 480i only because the other inputs don't.

    The EyeTV 500 supports 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i. It's HD. I can't figure out if it has the game mode or not however.

    Does anyone know?

    I'm thinking about buying an iMac along with either a new EyeTV 250 or a refurb EyeTV 500 (it's $200 either way, and if I'm buying them straight from El Gato I assume both have the warranty). I'm trying to total up my costs and what I'll be able to do with it.

    I intend to use my Nintendo Wii in 480p on it, plus free-to-air HDTV channels. I don't have an HDTV yet, this would be my first foray into the world of HD, but I intend to eventually get a PS3 and I'd like to have the hardware ready.

    Also, can you record while playing in Game Mode? I'd love to record video for my gaming site (see sig).

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