5 Ways to Connect an Xbox to a TV
Modern models of the popular Xbox 360 console allow gamers to enjoy the highest quality of game graphics and gameplay. Not for nothing that all releases of the most anticipated games go first to the Xbox 360 (or PS): in this case, the developers have more space for "maneuver" when testing certain game nuances, some of which will be discarded when optimizing the product under the PC.
In order to feel the entire "power" of this console and be the first to join the number of happy owners freshly baked toys from some famous brand, you need to know how to best connect the Xbox 360 to TV. The advantage of properly connecting the set-top box with the TV is the excellent picture and sound quality, on which the degree of immersion in the game atmosphere and all the fun of the process depends..
The main reason why the console is not connected to the monitor, namely to the TV - its relatively larger size. And if earlier the ability to connect was limited to one or two ways, today this list has significantly expanded, giving users more freedom in the choice of technology (the console has become a universal device, compatible with almost any modern device and "suitable" to anyone TV).
Let's look at each method in detail so that you can determine exactly which one is right for you, and the connection process itself did not take much time.
- 1Connection via HDMI
- 2Component cable
- 4Cable "VGA HD AV"
5Composite cable and S-video
- 5.1Composite (RCA, "Tulip")
- 5.2S-video (VHS)
Connection via HDMI
This method will allow you to achieve the maximum quality of transmission of both video and audio signals. HDMI cable supports the transfer of the image in the highest resolution (for Xbox 360) - 1080p (so-called, Full HD - 1920 × 1080). The only thing that is required of you is to make sure that there are data ports on both devices (on first versions of the console and not on very modern TVs, HDMI is rare) and take it yourself cable.
The whole procedure does not take much time: first turn off the TV and Xbox 360 and connect them with an HDMI cable (in the corresponding connectors on the rear panels). After the devices are turned back on, the picture with the sound from the set-top box will start broadcasting on the TV.
If this does not happen, go to the TV menu (using the remote control) and specify the HDMI port as the source (INPUT). After that, everything should work the best way, and you can immediately begin to pass your favorite game.
This method is suitable in case both devices are not equipped with an HDMI connector. Component inputs in most cases are inherent in a modern TV, and the connection in this way will get decent video quality (up to 1080p). In addition, Component HD AV Cable (required cable) is included in the basic equipment of some Xbox models, which saves you from having to purchase it additionally.
Connect the AV connector of the cable to the console, and the connectors located at the other end of the cable to the corresponding inputs on the TV (red and white plug into "AV IN" (L, R: responsible for the transmission of sound); the rest - in accordance with the color marking of the connectors in the "COMONENT IN" (Pb, Pr, Y- transmit video stream)).
Another fairly common way of connecting, for which it is customary to use the cable "RGB Scart Cable" (outwardly slightly different from the usual "SCART"). Allows you to achieve high quality pictures (up to 1080p).
The connection is quite simple: find the necessary connector on the console (for AV-connector of the cable) and "SCART IN" on the TV (for the second end of the cable, it has the form of a wide rectangle with a lot of contacts). In the case of a correct connection of the set-top box with the TV, the sound and the image will "flow" into it at high speed and in excellent quality.
Cable "VGA HD AV"
Not found in the basic set-top boxes, so buy it in advance, if you decide to connect the console in this way. The TV should have a VGA-input, which allows to achieve "average" image quality (480-720p).
As with any other cable, connect the corresponding VGA HD AV connectors to the console (AV out) and the TV (VGA with VGA input, and the white and red connectors with AUDIO "R" and "L"),
Composite cable and S-video
These two methods are morally obsolete, but, nevertheless, are widely used in cases where the TV does not support other, more modern, connection formats.
Composite (RCA, "Tulip")
Do not confuse the component type of connection with the composite one. The latter implies the use of a yellow plug (for video transmission), which does not need to be done in the case of a component cable. This will allow you to connect the Xbox 360 to the TV using composite connectors (one "tulip" - a yellow one - for video, two "Tulip" - red and white - for sound; If the TV does not support stereo sound, one cable is enough: red or white)..
Note: the quality of the picture in this case will noticeably decrease (from 1080p with a component connection to 360p - in the case of a composite one)..
This connector is required to be present on any video equipment. The quality of the connection will be medium (up to 480p), but this connection is checked by time, which means it is reliable. AV connector is sent to the console, and the second end (S-Video plug) - to the appropriate TV-input. There will be a "transfer" of the sound: do this with two "Tulips" (go in the spike on the same cable), connecting them to AUDIO "L" and "R"..