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.