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Old 11-23-05, 01:57 AM   #25
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After reading all this I could really do with some advice. I'd like to appreciate the 360 in all it's glory, but I can't afford an HDTV (to be honest I'm currently contemplating upgrading my 6800u to a 7800 instead... but probably won't )
Anyway would I be right in saying that the cheapest option would be getting a pc monitor and a vga box?
In addition, would the quality be as good as it would be if played through a £1000 hdtv?
Will all games be compatible (I'm just casting my mind back to Dreamcast days!)
Can anyon recommend both a monitor and a 360 compatible vga box?
(I'm in the uk btw)
Thanks for you help, in advance.
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Old 11-23-05, 02:59 AM   #26
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After reading all this I could really do with some advice. I'd like to appreciate the 360 in all it's glory, but I can't afford an HDTV (to be honest I'm currently contemplating upgrading my 6800u to a 7800 instead... but probably won't )
Anyway would I be right in saying that the cheapest option would be getting a pc monitor and a vga box?
In addition, would the quality be as good as it would be if played through a £1000 hdtv?
Will all games be compatible (I'm just casting my mind back to Dreamcast days!)
Can anyon recommend both a monitor and a 360 compatible vga box?
(I'm in the uk btw)
Thanks for you help, in advance.
From what I've seen, yes, the VGA cable is a good option. It looks the same as through an HDTV from what I hear (or at least, the same resolution). For a monitor, anything that supports at least 1280x720 should be OK.

And I'd have to agree that going from a 6800u to a 7800 isn't quite substantial enough given the options. Might be better to wait until the next generation of cards are availible. It's not like any game runs BADLY on a 6800u now...well, not any game that isn't also availible on the Xbox 360, anyway
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Old 11-23-05, 03:19 AM   #27
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Yes, but if you play on a regular monitor, wont you have those bars on the top and bottom?
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Old 11-23-05, 03:42 AM   #28
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I think it depends on the game, from what I hear some of them will form to a 4/3 box, but I'm not sure if that's only for 480i/p or if it can do that with full PC resolutions as well. But the launch games would probably all have the black bars on a 4/3 monitor.
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Old 11-23-05, 07:08 AM   #29
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thanks, btw how would this do?
http://www.relisys.com/products/feat...e=8&prod_id=56
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Old 11-23-05, 09:36 AM   #30
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No that wont do because it not HDTV compatible, it didnt have DVI port, that one cost 469. For around the same price, I could strongly suggest LG LG RZ23LZ55 23 inch Widescreen LCDTV that are HDTV compatible and also have DVI port, I couldnt find the full spec at LG website so I found one at Komplett, the LCDTV has impressive 8ms response time.
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Old 11-23-05, 12:18 PM   #31
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I think it depends on the game, from what I hear some of them will form to a 4/3 box, but I'm not sure if that's only for 480i/p or if it can do that with full PC resolutions as well. But the launch games would probably all have the black bars on a 4/3 monitor.
The official 360 VGA cable supports these resolutions:

-640x480p
-852x480p
-800x600p
-1024x768p
-1280x720p
-1280x1024p
-1366x768p

Pick the one that is your monitor's native res and the VGA cable will scale all 360 games to that resolution from 720p/1080i with no black bars.

Oh and before you ask, yes I do own the official 360 VGA cable.
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Old 11-23-05, 02:07 PM   #32
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Are refresh rates adjustable ?
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Are refresh rates adjustable ?
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How about some screenshots. Isn't the 360 supposed to support the ability to take screenshots?
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AFAIK those framebuffer grabs we have seen were done with Dev kits.
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Isn't the 360 supposed to support the ability to take screenshots?
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