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Using my 360 without a cable box

#1Kintaro56Posted 1/26/2013 9:25:47 AM
Hello all,

I have a 720p plasma TV. I have the TV plugged into the wall and that is it: No cable box, DVD player, etc.

The TV is used strictly for my Xbox 360.

I just started to notice that the picture looks awful at certain times: it looks very blurry. I was playing the cave level on Hitman: Absolution and the picture looked terrible.

Is there a device that I can plug the TV into so my games look better? When I watch DVD's on my 360, they look even worse than certain videogames.

P.S. I also own a Wii that I rarely use. and I noticed that whenever I have a black background up, annoying white lines scroll on the screen.

Thanks everyone!
#2BeefEasterPosted 1/26/2013 9:29:54 AM
what kinda cable do you use to hook the 360 up to the tv?
#3Darkest_EvilPosted 1/26/2013 9:30:06 AM
if your usuing red yellow white cables your not getting 720p but rather 420p which is standard def. you need green blue red cables and hope the tv has the inputs for those.. switch your console video settings to 720p and it should look alot better

red yellow white always = standard def unless you use a svideo cable which only works dvd players (looks like a black keyboard old pc input plug)

You could try a hdmi cable in your 360 if it supports it and plug it into your tv..
also the blue green red cables you got to buy sepperate i think unless your system came with them

its a worthy investment..
also note some games will never look better on high def like atari on gameroom etc..
#4Kintaro56(Topic Creator)Posted 1/26/2013 10:17:59 AM
I'm using the green, blue, and red cables, but my 360 is old, and does not have a HDMI port.
#5BeefEasterPosted 1/26/2013 10:20:49 AM
make sure you have the switch on the cable set to HD and you change your resolution to 720p in the display settings
#6Kintaro56(Topic Creator)Posted 1/27/2013 1:23:36 PM
Thanks, I checked all that out.

So is there a device I can run the TV through that takes place of a cable box for better reception fo gaming?
#7staticxtreme5Posted 1/27/2013 1:30:46 PM
No, a cable box wouldn't have anything to do with the picture not being right to begin with. They are two seperate systems and routing one through the other won't help in any way. Sounds like you have some settings wrong. I'd check the settings menu on the 360 and make sure your display is set to 720p. You can check to see what your TV is currently displaying in usually by hitting info or something on your TV remote. If it shows up as 480i then there's your problem. You need to do these things before you can really be helped farther.
#8TheMuffinPosted 1/27/2013 3:16:08 PM
From: Kintaro56 | #006
Thanks, I checked all that out.

So is there a device I can run the TV through that takes place of a cable box for better reception fo gaming?

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#9XiviosPosted 1/27/2013 4:38:54 PM
See if your TV has a "dot for dot" mode. I know my Aquos does, and it helps quite a bit, though it works better on my PC than my Xbox, it might be worth it to check out for you.

The 360 nominally outputs in 720p, but your "720p" TV is more likely to be a 768x1366 or 768x1360 display, and the difference between 720p and your TV's native resolution will cause blurriness.
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#10Kintaro56(Topic Creator)Posted 1/28/2013 8:16:07 PM
Thanks, guys.

I checked all of my settings, and they were fine.

It seems Hitman: Absolution looks rough, but I went through and played Halo 3, and some old Xbox Live games, and they looked perfect.