I'm considering picking up an original Xbox for some nostalgia fun and I just wanted to know, I've heard they supported HD resolutions, what will I need to get the console to output to my HDTV at those resolutions? Will I need a NTSC US console for optimal image quality or will a PAL console do?|
And also, are all Xbox games capable of outputting at HD resolutions, or only certain ones? And if so, is there a list out there of which ones?
HD on the original Xbox
Mr-Brett 13,261 posts
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Some games worked through VGA, no idea what res they'd output at but I wouldn't get your hopes up.
itamae 9,951 posts
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A PAL console is fine, you just need to soft-mod it (because Microsoft in their infinite wisdom decided to disable 720p output on PAL consoles through the firmware) and invest in a component cable. Off the top of my head the only HD game I can only think of is Soul Calibur 2, but even there I'm not sure if that's just the US version.
There are some HD games on XBOX (1), they are in 720p, some even in 1080i. PAL versions work the same as USA version of game: both in HD, code on disc is the same.
With softmod XBOX thinks its from America and will use NTSC system.
Advantage of softmodding (very easy to do btw): all (with some exceptions*) games will now be able to be viewed in glorious progressive mode: 480p instead of louzy 480i(nterlaced), this will give you the most profit of all.
HD in XBOX games is nice, but the hardware cant do it justice like a 360 or PS3 can, so advantage of HD to basic game-engines isnt that big. BUT 480 Progressive everything is really welcome: makes it feel very stable and fast, more depth and very smooth.
Component (HD) cable is also nice to have, because hooking up any console trough SCART or SVIDEO or -yuk- composite is terrible when using flatscreen HD technology. This has to do with scaling. Thats why the progressive part is so important, that way tele doesnt have to do that part of scaling anymore.
Its a nice little project if you go do your own softmodding, dont worry its easy (even i did it, i am a modnoob), lots of walkthroughs on internet, even here on EG!!)
Just make sure to find a good component cable for XBOX, there are some terrible 3rd party ones that wont give you good results.
Research and enjoy!!
*: There are some exceptions: some SEGA games were tailored for the PAL market, like HALO (Pal version), so code is bit different from USA version and not all of those SEGA games will work in progressive mode or work at all trough component video cables). In that case the USA version of the game will work in HD on your softmodded PAL console.
D_arkTrooper 1,368 posts
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As already mentioned, a soft modded X-Box is a great little machine. It's also pretty decent as am emulation machine too.
But seriousy, good luck finding a decent component cable. The official ones and the Monster cables are rarer than hens teeth.
Gambit1977 10,389 posts
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I THINK I still have a component cable I bought from Videogamesplus...I'll check when I get home from work.
@mAc6 Thank you for your brilliant reply! I'll definitely follow your advice and softmod an xbox.
Have your tried XBMC with it? I wonder how well it would handle HD video?
I like the idea of using it as a cheap media centre for the bedroom.
johnson81 392 posts
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Back in the day I had a softmodded Xbox. I think that's what made the Xbox one of my favourite consoles. From what I can remember I don't think XBMC played 720p files very well. I used it for normal Divx files as they played fine but HD was a bit too much for the Xbox to handle.
Emulation was awesome on the Xbox and the games I can remember playing a in HD were Dragons Lair 3d and Freedom Fighters (an awesome game).
that gif cracks me up
Well thank you asha for your kind words, have not tried XBMC, havent got any download vids, friend of mine had it enabled when XBOX was still all the rage (7 years ago?), looked very cool, think i read people are still very fond of capabilities of streaming HD video, radio stations etc etc in latest build of XBMC. Without XBMC there wouldnt be the xbox 360 we know today, they showed MS how it could be done.
Again: in EG forum XBOX softmod section you find all the right info you need, i did use it for my modding (woot woot), think i will thank them actually in that tread for making it so easy to read/understand, been on EG just a month after lurking for godknowshowlong (hint: long!!)
figgis 7,465 posts
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Thought the xbox was fine at 720p streaming from a PC but struggled with anything larger. Been ages since I used mine.
coastal 5,400 posts
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On a standard XBox the following HD formats are supported:
480i/480p/576i/576p output at 480p (Not Scaled).
480i/480p/576i/576p output at 720p (Upscaled).
480i/480p/576i/576p output at 1080i (Upscaled).
The following video resolutions are NOT supported, at any output resolution: