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How to hook up your Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 to a TV

Overview

The Xbox 360 console supports different cable types. Learn how to connect your console to a high-definition and standard TV or monitor using different cables.

Important note This article applies to the original Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 S consoles only. For information about connecting the Xbox 360 E console to a TV, see Connect an Xbox 360 E console to a TV.

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Xbox 360 HDMI Cable
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Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable
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Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable
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Xbox 360 Composite AV Cable

How to connect

Connect Xbox 360: Using Xbox 360 HDMI Cable

The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable is the most common cable to use with HDTV and high-definition monitors. Not all original Xbox 360 consoles have an HDMI port.

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  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI port.
  2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI input on your HDTV or monitor.
  3. Turn on your TV and console.
  • If you do not see the Xbox Dashboard when you turn on your TV and console, you might need to select the video input
  • The console automatically uses the default display settings. If you want to try to improve the video display, you can change the settings on the console.

Connect Xbox 360: Using Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable

The Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable comes with some Xbox 360 console bundles. It works with both high-definition and standard TVs and monitors.

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  1. Set the switch on the A/V connector for your TV or monitor:

    • High definition: Set to HDTV.
    • Standard: Set to TV

    Note Set the switch to HDTV only if your TV or monitor supports a screen resolution of 480p or higher.

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  1. Connect the connectors on the component HD A/V cable to the corresponding colour input jacks on the TV. On a high-definition TV, if the cable has a yellow RCA composite video connector, leave it disconnected.
  2. Note To connect to a standard TV, use only the yellow, red and white connectors. Do not use the other connectors.

  3. Connect the A/V connector on the component HD A/V cable to the A/V port on the console.
  4. Turn on the TV and console.

If you do not see the Xbox Dashboard when you turn on your TV and console, you might need to select the video input

  • The console automatically uses the default display settings. If you want to try to improve the video display, you can change the settings on the console.

Connect Xbox 360: Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable

The Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable is not usually included in Xbox 360 console bundles. If your display requires this cable, you need to purchase it separately. If you already have the cable but your display does not have a VGA port, you can purchase an adaptor.

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  1. Connect the A/V connector on the VGA cable to the A/V port on the console.
  2. Connect the VGA connector on the VGA cable to the VGA port on your HDTV or monitor.
  3. Connect the left and right (white and red) audio connectors on the VGA cable to the audio port on the monitor.
  4. Turn on the TV and console.
  • If you do not see the Xbox Dashboard when you turn on your TV and console, you might need to select the video input
  • The console automatically uses the default display settings. If you want to try to improve the video display, you can change the settings on the console.

Connect Xbox 360: Xbox 360 Composite AV Cable

Use the Xbox 360 Composite AV Cable with a standard-definition TV or monitor. This cable does not support high-definition displays.

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  1. Connect the A/V connector to the A/V port on the console.
  2. Locate the A/V ports on your TV or monitor. Connect the colour-coded connectors on the composite A/V cable to the corresponding ports on the TV as follows:
    Yellow = composite video
    Red = right-channel analog audio
    White = left-channel analogue audio
  3. Note Monaural (mono) TVs have only one audio jack. Connect either the red or white connector to the TV.

  4. Turn on the TV and console.
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SCART adaptor (for United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand)

  1. Plug the A/V connectors into the corresponding colour-coded ports on the SCART adapter.
  2. Plug the A/V cable and the SCART adapter into an available SCART connection port.
  3. Turn on the TV or console.
  • If you do not see the Xbox Dashboard when you turn on your TV and console, you might need to select the video input
  • The console automatically uses the default display settings. If you want to try to improve the video display, you can change the settings on the console.

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