How to Connect your XBOX to a TV

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by Douglas on 12/09/2009Print This Article

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I‘ve already dealt with different cables and their quality, and now I would just like to give you a few important notes on connecting your XBOX to a TV of any kind (CRT, Plasma, LCD, LED, etc).

What your TV needs

Your television set needs to be able to display either the 480i (NTSC) or the 576i (PAL) video modes. The more native XBOX-resolutions your TV can display (480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p and 1080i), the better!
Your TV also needs either a composite, SCART or component input, preferably the component one as it gives you the best visual quality. Also, to receive sound the TV needs to include a composite audio input (this is included in a composite input).

What your XBOX needs

To take advantage of the best video quality and the highest HD-resolutions, you will need to purchase a component-cable for your XBOX. These are usually pretty cheap and come with a separate composite audio-cable.
If you have an older TV without support for HD-resolutions, you might be better off with the standard XBOX to composite cable.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lauleleifinau 26/03/2013 at 5:23 AM

i have an xbox that i don’t know how to connect i just can’t get it to show on the t.v. it does not have those red,yellow,white thing that makes it show on the t.v.but it only has this thing that says xbox adapter

2 lauleleifinau 26/03/2013 at 5:24 AM

i mean xbox rf adapter

3 Douglas 28/03/2013 at 7:12 PM

If your TV has the red, yellow and white sockets (RCA cable), then you need an RCA adapter. An RF adapter is for very specific TVs, most likely your TV does not have an RF socket and thus doesn’t work with such an adapter. With a little Googling you should be able to find such an adapter! Let me know if you need more help :) !

4 Cynthia 11/05/2013 at 10:30 PM

I have a old X-Box and want to know if there is an adapter out there someplace that I can buy to connect it to a newer TV via a HDMI port?  The adapter for X-Box 360 doesn’t fit the old X-Box. 
Please help!

5 Cynthia 11/05/2013 at 10:38 PM

OK, sorry just re-read what you had written above and did Google and there are soooooooo many and not sure which one I need. :P

6 Douglas 12/05/2013 at 12:22 PM

Hey Cynthia!

There is, as far as I’m aware, no way to directly connect your XBOX via HDMI to a TV. However, if your TV supports RCA, SCART or even VGA, there are ways to connect your XBOX to it. Can you check the back of your TV and tell me what sockets you see?

7 Doug mason 18/08/2016 at 11:27 PM

2 red, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 Orange, 1 green

8 eliseo 01/01/2017 at 12:33 AM

hlp in need somebody help?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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