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Xbox 360 HDTV Help (720p / 1080i)

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Modding & Hacking' started by liquidsli, May 14, 2007.

  1. liquidsli

    liquidsli Regular member

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    I am about to purchase a HDTV but I am unsure of a few things for the 360. I want to be able to get the best picture possible. I am trying to choose between these two hdtvs, but am unsure of which will be best for picture of my 360 games.

    42" 720p resolution (This one will output 1080p hdmi and 1080i component)
    ===>http://circuitcity.com/ssm/Toshiba-42-LCD-HDTV-42HL67/sem/rpsm/oid/177716/catOid/-12867/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do


    42" 1080p resolution (This one will output the same.)

    ===>http://circuitcity.com/ssm/Toshiba-42-LCD-HDTV-42HL167/sem/rpsm/oid/178155/catOid/-12867/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    I mainly want the HDTV for playing my 360 and watching dvds. So I guess my main concern is

    Will the 1080p resolution tv be worth the extra $220 if both tvs output the same hdmi and component amounts?

    Thanks A Lot, Please help.

    *Edit: Please copy and paste the links, for some reason they are not working correctly.
     
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  2. steimy

    steimy Active member

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    well first off it depends what 360 you have.
    If you do not have the Elite then rule out HDMI as a factor unless you have other devices that need it. If you have the regular with the stock cables it came with (component) then your only going to get so much out of that too. If you bought the optional VGA cable then you will get your best picture quality on an HDTV.
    Most good TV's have a range of resolutions, like mine can do everthing up to 1080P. So that is what i have my PC (VGA) input set for to run my 360. But it also depends on the game as not all have that high of a resolution that they are capable of.
    and by the way you could get a 50" DLP TV for like $400 less at Best Buy.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...t03001+pcmcat95100050019&id=pcmcat95100050043


    you may want to do some more research. Another good place to ask is in the electronics section of these forums as there are many people there more geared towards TV questions then here in the 360 section.

    and on a side note. If you decide on a high end TV you should spend an extra $100 and buy an A/C filtering surge protector. Especially if it is rear projection like a DLP. They help take the staic that run through most electrical outlets out and give you a clearer picture. Plus of course are a really top notch surge protector. Monster makes a good one.
     
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  3. wickedzx5

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    well since not a single game (as far as i know) has been released for the XBOX 360 in full 1080p, i dont really think this should be an issue for you. most games are designed in 720p and some in 1080i. i have a 52" DLP and a 32" LCD. i had the 360 hooked up to the 52" DLP for around 6 months and then i got the 32" LCD. i cant explain to you how much better it looked on the 32" LCD. the reason for this: i was trying to run the games in 1080i on the DLP and then i realized i should put it on 720p when i hooked it up to the LCD. MUCH better! less "lag", better picture, brighter colors.

    anyway, i say you just save yourself the money and get the 720p set. unless of course you plan to get a PS3 or Blu-ray player any time soon. then i would say go with the 1080p set. it all depends tho. either way, im sure you will be more than happy with your decision!



    EDIT: and by the way, that first tv you posted, will not output at 1080p even with HDMI. it has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 (same as the one i am using right night) and WILL NOT output 1080p. it will output 1080i but as i already said, most 360 games arent even designed for that yet and certainly not 1080p :)
     
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  4. steimy

    steimy Active member

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    wickedzx5, You had lag on your DLP TV?
    I have no lag at all on mine (56" Samsung)and am running the 360 at 1080i (sorry mistyped above and it is not running 1080P)
    Were you running it through VGA or the component cables?
    The only real advantage of the LCD is brighter colors. Up close you can clearly see the picture will be more pixelated (grainy) then a DLP TV, especially the bigger it is. But for video games either one will be just fine. Just avoid getting plasma.

    The 360 is good when it comes to resolution support. It will basically play games at the best resolution your TV can handle.
    "The high-definition support for Xbox 360 is dynamic, so even if a game is designed with 720p in mind, but your TV only supports 480p or 1080i, Xbox 360 runs the game in the best resolution your TV offers (up to 720p and 1080i)."




     
  5. reprazent

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    I bought a 32" Toshiba myself 8 months ago, the price difference with a 1080p model was at least $1000 at that moment so I went for the 720p instead. If it's only $220, I'd go with the 1080p model anyday.

    a 42" model that only outputs 720p is not worth the money IMO. it's just a bigger screen, at 40"+ you really should go with Full HD. (at least that's somewhat "futureproof" for HDDVD and BR or even a PS3)

    there's a few games out that do 1080p, namely Virtua Tennis 3 and DefJam Icon.
     
  6. bhetrick

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    And I thought I read Halo 3 was going to be 1080p, also. And isn't Forza 2? Anyways, with the 360 now implimenting the hdmi, more future games will be offering 1080p. So I'd say if you're investing in a new tv now, think about what's going to be available for the 360 in the future and not what's already released.
     
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    Can you get 1080p using a vga cable? or do you need the hdmi port?
     
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    Thank's a million.
     
  10. wickedzx5

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    no i didnt have "lag" more of a blurred picture since i was running it in 1080i and not 720p. and yes the colors are much brighter with the LCD. IMHO it looks much better on the LCD compared to the DLP but maybe im just weird. and i was running it through component cables.
     
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    I will have to try 720P and see how mine looks. I am running through VGA and have no blur or anything on mine.
     
  12. Smokecell

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    if I'm not mistaken Virtua Tennis 3 is the first game to support 1080p on the 360....
     
  13. navsav

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    Hey just to clarify there is no issue with getting a plasma these days - burn in problems are a thing of the past and they last just as long as any DLP or LCD - I have a 50 inch panasonic plasma and game all the time with it - it is an awesome TV with the some of the best colors I have seen. Plus it looks so cool hanging on my wall!

    But if I were you I suggest getting the 1080p model since at least you have the option in case you watch bluray movies or if you get the elite and games start coming out in 1080p.

    Don't forget your surround sound!
     
  14. elusiv1

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    Your right Smokecell, Vitura Tennis 3 does support full 1080p.. Also Graw2, and LostPlanet support 1080p as well.
     

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