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HarryDude
12-31-06, 12:35 PM
Hi my friend got an Xbox 360 for christmas and doesn't have a HD TV, however he does have a 17 inch LCD monitor, I want to know if the 360 would display well on this non-widescreen monitor with an optimum resolution of 1280*1024.

Is it worth him buying the VGA cable for the 360?

toxikneedle
12-31-06, 02:19 PM
yeah for sure, 1280x1024 is a supported resolution of the VGA cable and it is close to the 720p native resolution that the games are rendered at. It should look great.... as long as he doesn't sit far from the lcd.

Acid Rain
12-31-06, 02:26 PM
Hi my friend got an Xbox 360 for christmas and doesn't have a HD TV, however he does have a 17 inch LCD monitor, I want to know if the 360 would display well on this non-widescreen monitor with an optimum resolution of 1280*1024.

Is it worth him buying the VGA cable for the 360?Yes, it's worth it. It will look far superior on his monitor if the thing is any good. Then again, if his lcd sucks, the tv may be better. SD TV is hideous though.

I think the moral of the story is to try the cable. Even at 1024x768, it will look far better. 1024x768?, you ask? Well, some games don't properly letterbox at 1280x1024, stretching the image, so 1024x768 must be used for proper aspect.

HarryDude
01-01-07, 06:50 AM
yeah, even 1024*768 is like twice the resolution of the normal tv one.

LycosV
01-01-07, 12:06 PM
It's definatly worth it, but you don't have to buy the Microsoft branded one. I got a Mad Catz cable for like $15 when I got my 360.

ENU291
01-02-07, 02:32 PM
I just wanted to let you guys know that I attempted to connect my 360 to the DVI port of my LCD HDTV but using a VGA to DVI adapter but it did not work. My TV detected no video. :(

OWA
01-02-07, 02:49 PM
What about using the VGA cable versus the component cable? I've currently got the X360 connected to the LCD using the component cable and have been wondering if I should be using the VGA cable instead.

ENU291
01-02-07, 03:08 PM
My personal experience is mixed. The up side is that using the VGA cable for the 360 gives you a sharper picture and enables video scaling up to 1080p on games and SD DVD movies. The down side is that the resulting image is washed out (color wise). This is especially bad on LCD displays since the black levels on LCDs are not as strong as tube, projection or Plasma displays. Some say that the washed out look is the result of HDTVs expecting a PC signal on the VGA port but the 360 outputs a video signal when using the VGA cable. This in turn sets the TVs default gama level way off. I personally prefer the component cables vibrant color and deeper black levels.

Lyme
01-02-07, 03:19 PM
I grabbed the intec 360 vga cable, made the graphics noticably sharper on my 44" Toshiba DLP tv. My setup hasn't suffered from the picture being washed out, but your milage may vary.

nVestor
01-03-07, 11:06 PM
Has anyone tried a DVI D FEMALE TO HDMI MALE Adapter yet? I was gonna give it a go, just haven't had time. Currently using component, figured I would ask.

http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-FEMALE-HDMI-P132-000/dp/B000BTGVV2