GENERAL VIDEO DISPLAY INFORMATION Updated 10/10/2007

HDMI VIDEO - High-Definition Multimedia Interface: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI
The XB360 fully supports HDCP for both HD-DVD, and games apparently. There is no real reason for HDCP to be active during game play, but Sony (for PS3) apparently decided to have it on during game play. As far as I know, HDCP is not on during game play with Xbox360.


HDMI is an all-digital audio/video interface capable of transmitting uncompressed streams. It supports all resolutions to, and including 1080p.

HDMI to DVI adapter: Your DVI display MUST support HDCP. Remember, the source is HDCP, and HDCP is active when using the HDMI port.

There is no significant difference in overall display quality over Component or VGA at 480i/p. There is also no real major difference in quality in picture with a HDTV @ 32" and under, at any resolution.

It is also said that you need only the best HDMI cable. This is generally false in all runs under six feet. A 12.00 cable will display just as good as the 60.00 cable at six feet. What makes the cable cheap, or not so cheap is the shielding used to prevent interference from other signals, be it EMI, or RFI. In order to corrupt a digital stream, the interference must be strong enough to interrupt or drown out the digital signal. With Analog signals, even the slightest bit of interference can show up on the display as a flaw. The strength of the digital signal can fluctuate, but still display without any change in brightness or color, as the 1s and 0s contain all that information. So no matter how strong or weak (to a certain point) the digital signal is, the display remains the same. That is the idea behind digital data. The weaker an analog signal gets, the fuzzier, or lower in brightness/contrast the picture becomes. The digital picture data contains a continuous information that tells the display how bright and colorful to be. A very rough example would be, say your back is turned to me; I whisper "hello" to you in binary code, then I just say "hello" in binary code, only your ears heard the difference in the volume (say that is analog). However, your brain processed it as "hello" no matter what the volume of the numbers were (digital).

HDCP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDCP
This protocol was designed so you could not record video from the HDMI port to any digital recording device.

Xbox360 Halo III Edition, Elite, and Premium consoles made in, and after the 3RD Quarter of 2007, will have an HDMI port. These are the 2nd revision of the Xbox Mainboard called "Zeypher." Jasper boards (V3.0) will also have HDMI. The Xbox360 to date, uses HDMI V2.1 protocols.


COMPONENT VIDEO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_Video
Component video is an analog video signal that has been split into two or more components. Typically colored red (Pr), green (Y), and blue (Pb). Component video supports all resolutions to, and including 1080p. You must have a HDTV that supports 1080p.

Component video does not contain HDCP Protocols.

Converting Component (analog) to HDMI (digital) requires an adapter that converts Digital to Analog, and they cost more than are worth.

The original XBOX360, Rev 1.0 boards, will use Component connections for HD Video.

DVI VIDEO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video interface standard designed to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays, and digital projectors.


One step up from Component and VGA, Both DIGITAL and ANALOG signals can be carried over DVI, with max resolution of 1080p both Digital and Analog.

DVI does carry HDCP when using any HDMI adapter on either side of the cable. There are known problems with HDCP; the display won't show a picture above 480p when DHCP is not working properly. This is usually because the wrong adapter end for DVI was used. You need what is called a DUAL LINK adapter.


If you have an Xbox360 with HDMI, and need DVI; You will need a HDMI to DVI adapter or cable, and it must be a Dual Link end for DVI.

VGA VIDEO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA
VGA is not a digital signal, and contains analog video only.


You can easily adapt your component wires to a VGA plug, the video signals are analog either way.

VGA does not contain HDCP.

This is the type of connector to use XBox360 with a PC monitor, or other TV with this interface. The resolution will only be as high as the monitor supports.

S-VIDEO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svideo
Separate video, abbreviated S-Video and also known as Y/C (or erroneously, S-VHS and "super video") is an analog video signal that carries the video data as two separate signals (brightness and color)


S-VIDEO does not contain HDCP

There is an S-Video adapter for Xbox360.
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PROGRESSIVE AND INTERLACED VIDEO: Please read this information carefully.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_scan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlaced_video

TVs that do not display Interlaced Video, are deinterlaced, and shown as Progressive are:
LCD - DLP - PLASMA - Basically all non CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays.

This means, your 1024(h)x768(v) LCD, DLP, or PLASMA TV, will show 480i, at 480p, 720i, at 720p, and 1080i at 768p, or the maximum (v)Vertical resolution. The TVs will accept the "Interlaced" signal, they are converted to Progressive. IF you had a 1080p LCD, you would also get 1080i at very close to, or at 1080p.

A CRT TV/DISPLAY is capable of displaying both Interlaced and Progressive Video. These types of displays are: Computer Monitors - Single CRT HDTV - Three CRT Projection HDTVs. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathode_ray_tube
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRT_projector

Newer SDTVs are being made with Component inputs, and are capable of 480p only.