The Xbox 360 can play games and multimedia content, and the console is also able to display content in high-definition resolutions. This means that the Xbox 360 can display content in 720p or 1080p, which results in improved visual fidelity during gameplay and multimedia watching. To viewers, this will result in a better viewing experience since content that's being played through the Xbox 360 will look more defined and clearer compared to a console such as the original Xbox. To make your Xbox 360 work with your HD cable, you simply have to properly connect it to your display.
Attach the large rhombus-shaped end of the HD cable to your Xbox 360 on the back of the console.
Examine the backside of your HDTV to find out which inputs your TV supports. The Xbox 360 can use either HDMI, component or VGA ports. HDMI ports are small and semi-rectangular in shape, while VGA ports are rhombus-shaped with several rows of pins inside. Component video uses three colored jacks, which are always placed next to one another on a TV.
Connect the other end of the Xbox's HD cable to your HDTV. Xbox HD cables come in multiple form factors. For HDMI or VGA connections, connect the other end of the cable to the corresponding location on the HDTV. With component video, make sure the colors of each jack on the cable and TV are aligned.
Turn on your TV and Xbox. Set your TV's TV/Video settings to the appropriate display setting -- HDMI if you're connected via HDMI, for instance -- to begin viewing your Xbox 360 in HD.
- Older component video cables will have a toggle switch that allows you to change between component and composite video. If your Xbox 360 is having display issues, make sure the toggle switch is properly set.
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