Xbox and Monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by hodgey1989, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. hodgey1989 macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Is there any monitors out there i can play xbox 360 through and use for a second display with my imac.
    Im not bothered if i have to swap the cables around when i want to use the xbox or imac but just wondering if there is one out there.

    Thanks for any help :)
  2. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    Get the 360 VGA cable and a monitor with a DVI and VGA port and you'll be able to do this.
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I have a Gateway 24" monitor that has oodles of inputs, and I have various things hooked to it all at once. It has DVI, HDMI, VGA, Composite, Component, and S-Video. All can be selected from the front panel menu.
  4. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    1 thing to watch out for is to make sure the monitor you get has an HD resolution as its native resolution. For example I got a 20'' monitor to play my 360 on but the closest resolution I can choose is 1280x1024 while monitor's native resolution is 1680x1050. Still looks awesome but is even awesomer with native rez!
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I have the Samsung SyncMaster T220HD. It's got multiple inputs, speakers, and even a TV tuner. It comes with a remote control to watch it like a TV, and even has a coaxial input for cable TV. Not to mention 2 HDMI ports so you can connect the 360 and still have a port free.

    Edit: Going from Sorkvild's post, the native resolution of the Samsung is 1680x1050, so it might not be the best for gaming. But still a great "all in one" monitor if you ask me.
  6. hodgey1989 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Are you saying here that i need a monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050 to get the best picture?

    Does yours look good at 1280x1024, also if i got a monitor with the native resolution being that i should be able to play it fine at that res right?

    Thanks for all your help :)
  7. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I think he means that you should go for a monitor with a higher native resolution than 1080p (which is 1900x1080) if you want the best picture quality. 20" to 22" monitors usually have 1680x1050 native resolution, so the highest setting you can play your 360 is 1280x1024. Though larger monitors with a higher resolution (24" 1920x1200 for example) will be able to display 1080p. Though I'm sure it will still look great on a 22" monitor. So really, it's price vs picture quality when it comes down to deciding what you want.
  8. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    When the fall Xbox 360 update finally is released, in addition to the current 16X9 resolutions that are already there in the control panel, they are adding 16X10 over VGA or HDMI, with 1440x900 or 1680x1050.
  9. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Get a monitor with one of these resolutions as its native one, so not 1680x1050 :)

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