The Xbox 360 is the second video game console created by Microsoft, the first one being the Xbox. The Xbox 360 is in competition with the seventh generation of video game consoles, such as Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii. The Xbox 360 is available now in two configurations, namely, Arcade and Elite, and comes with a whole lot of cables and other accessories. In this article, we give you tips on how to choose and buy the right Xbox 360 cables. Read on for more….
The term, “HDMI” is short for High Definition Multimedia Interface. How does one go about selecting the right HDMI cable for the Xbox? Well, this cable acts as an interface that transmits uncompressed digital data as regards both the audio and visual aspects. There are many variations in these cables and the specifications are generally set as 1.0 to 1.4. In order to make the maximum of these cables, though, you will have to know which particular one to use for your Xbox 360.
The connectors come in four types, Type A, Type B, Type C and Type D. All are of different sizes and come with different pins too. There is nothing like a maximum length for HDMI cables. But there are Category 1 cables, which are standard and Category 2 cables, which give high speed. HDMI is compatible with DVI or Digital Visual Interface and can give up to 8 channels of digital sound. Hence, there is no need for signal conversion and there is also no loss of video quality, while using a DVI to HDMI cable and adapter.
Make a note here, that you will need an Xbox 360 HDMI cable in order to connect to your Xbox – none other will do for your system. Belkin, Monster, Phillips and Panasonic are some of the top manufacturers of HDMI cables.
HDMI cables for the Xbox 360 costs about $30-40 on eBay, but could even be cheaper elsewhere on the site. You could also check out other online resources for interesting offers.
Component cables and AV cables for the Xbox 360
You can also use component cables for your Xbox 360. These are very different from your HDMI cable. In the case of the latter, you use only one cable, whereas, with component cables, you have to connect five cables separately. The quality of the output, though, is much the same in both types.
You can also use AV cables for your Xbox 360, instead of HDMI. But the quality of the latter is much better, giving you a better feel and gaming experience.
Connecting your Xbox 360 to the Internet
Your Xbox 360 can give you a great Internet experience as well, letting you connect with other players online.
- Direct Modem connection
A direct modem connection is the quickest and best route to connect to Xbox LIVE. This helps you connect your Xbox 360 directly to your gateway. In case your ISP has only provided you with a standalone modem, you can also connect the Xbox 360 to the modem by way of a separate router.
- Ethernet Cable for the Xbox 360
An Ethernet Cable usually connects one PC to another. For the Xbox 360, one end of the cable will have to be connected to the Xbox and the other end to the router. This lets you use your system online. The Xbox Live Gold service gives you a great online gaming experience.
You can use the Cat5 and Cat6 cables too, for this purpose. Though both these cables give the user equal quality, the Cat5 cable works out cheaper, and so, may be the better option.
- Xbox 360Wireless Network Adapter
The Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter is a WiFi compatible USB device. It acts as a wireless bridge between two Xbox 360 systems in what is termed as peer-to-peer or “ad hoc mode”. This is available for about $100 in the USA.
We hope you found this post helpful in deciding the cables you would need to buy for your Xbox 360. We look forward to your valuable feedback, as always.