How much better does an HDMI cable make 360 games look?

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#1 Posted by PhoenixVenom (706 posts) -

How much better does an HDMI cable make 360 games look?

is it significantly better? or just little better? and does it also depend on the game, do some games look better with it than others?

#2 Posted by theintrospect79 (2796 posts) -

If you are currently using composite cables, then yes, A LOT better. But the argument still stands on whether component or HDMI is better for 360. IMO it depends on the tv.

#3 Posted by DranzarTypeF (2623 posts) -

Numerous factors are involved. It depends on your TV set, and some games have a minimal visual enhancement when using the cables. Like if you're playing a game like Gears Of War 2 on an HDTV without the HDMI cables, you'll pretty much get the same performance. I've played MW2 on a regular TV with no HDMI, then I bought the game went home and played it on my HD with HDMI cords and it was significantly better.

#4 Posted by DranzarTypeF (2623 posts) -

It also enhances sound. 10 times out of 10 HDMI cable digital input will be better than a regular audio cable.

#5 Posted by oclane (68 posts) -

as the user before me said the HDMI lead would be much better ecpecialy over a composite cable you would get full 1080p support although i havent noticed a great difference from my VGA setup just a bit clearer i suppose

#6 Posted by PhoenixVenom (706 posts) -

Numerous factors are involved. It depends on your TV set, and some games have a minimal visual enhancement when using the cables. Like if you're playing a game like Gears Of War 2 on an HDTV without the HDMI cables, you'll pretty much get the same performance. I've played MW2 on a regular TV with no HDMI, then I bought the game went home and played it on my HD with HDMI cords and it was significantly better.

DranzarTypeF

i was asking cause i just got a new tv, toshiba 40rv525r, so i was wondering if the hdmi was worth it or if it is just another uneeded accessory as a ploy to spendmore money instead of keeping ur money

#7 Posted by deadbeat2381 (976 posts) -

the HDMI vs the regular non HD cords that come with an arcade, there is a huge difference, but between the HDMI and the component HD cables there is barely any difference at all...the average eye prob wont notice the difference...if you have an xbox that doesnt support HDMI than its not worth buyin a new xbox...but if u have HDMI port on your xbox, i would just buy some HDMI cords off ebay or newegg for like 10 bucks

#8 Posted by deadbeat2381 (976 posts) -

here are some cheap ones...no need to buy the microsoft 360 ones bc they are the same thing

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Black-9.8-foot-HDMI-Cable-Set-of-2/2276129/product.html?AID=10654383&PID=3640385&SID=skim355X561

#9 Posted by reverend1985 (172 posts) -

On my LCD TV. I set the HDTV settings to optimal. It set it to 1360x768 via HDMI. THen I set the color enhancement to enhanced and set the HDMI source to auto. Now it looks like im kind of playing on a VGA cable, ye the colors are brilliant and whites stand out more and i can see finer details. So for me its HDMI

#10 Posted by DranzarTypeF (2623 posts) -

[QUOTE="DranzarTypeF"]

Numerous factors are involved. It depends on your TV set, and some games have a minimal visual enhancement when using the cables. Like if you're playing a game like Gears Of War 2 on an HDTV without the HDMI cables, you'll pretty much get the same performance. I've played MW2 on a regular TV with no HDMI, then I bought the game went home and played it on my HD with HDMI cords and it was significantly better.

PhoenixVenom

i was asking cause i just got a new tv, toshiba 40rv525r, so i was wondering if the hdmi was worth it or if it is just another uneeded accessory as a ploy to spendmore money instead of keeping ur money

If you already have component cables It has been proven that the difference is slight. But HDMI compare to the Arcade bundle cables is a big difference.

#11 Posted by Alexi360 (95 posts) -
Whether this is conincidence or not, I'm not sure, but I got the E74 error, which is to do with the AV port, the first time I ever used an HDMI cable with my xbox after using the component cables for almost two years with no problems. Also one of my flatmate's Xbox was working fine until he tried it with HDMI, a different cable the one I used when mine broke but he got the E74 about 3 days after starting to use HDMI.
#12 Posted by frankeyser (5667 posts) -

I really can not tell too much difference between component and and HDMI. I had my 360 hooked up with VGA before I switched to HDMI and I could really tell no difference at all. If you have a good tv it wont even matter much if you have the component cables and your 360 set to 1080i. My tv deinterlaces so well that you can not tell the difference.

The small difference I found between HDMI, VGA and Component was in how colors appear. With each one I had to set my tv seperatly. I am currently gaming on a Panasonic TCP46g10.

#13 Posted by Dawq902 (6796 posts) -

HDMI looks so much better than non-HDMI. I tested it to just see what it would look like not in 1080i and it was bad. I plugged my PS3 into the same TV w/o using HDMI and it looks not much better than an SD TV.

#14 Posted by codezer0 (15898 posts) -
Especially now, a lot better. I went from component to HDMI as a trial at my girl's house (since she had the first TV I could use that had such a port). Even in GTA 4, the colors were simply significantly better over component cables. Further, the ability for the 360 and TV to talk to each other meant that they could auto-calibrate and decide on optimal resolution and color accuracy, meaning that you're able to see the best picture possible that way. The downside with HDMI is the hardware-level DRM, but it is something we will no doubt have to live with.
#15 Posted by violian (1431 posts) -

It really depends on the size of your tv too. On my 37", it definatley looks a lot better with HDMI because I could see little artifacts running vertically on the screen with component. But on my 32", I can't see any difference. With VGA, I couldn't tell the difference at all. I'd go with HDMI because you can find Monster Cable HDMI wires on eBay for as little as $15 with shipping. And your setup will be cleaner because HDMI also transmits digital sound. The only reason why I have the $40 VGA cable is because I used to have the older Xbox360 which didn't have the HDMI output.

#16 Posted by mitu123 (154649 posts) -

HDMI>VGA>Component from what I used with them.

#17 Posted by DranzarTypeF (2623 posts) -

How much better does an HDMI cable make 360 games look?

is it significantly better? or just little better? and does it also depend on the game, do some games look better with it than others?

PhoenixVenom

You might even want to try a VGA cable on your computer monitor hooked up with your XBOX 360, It displays very vibrant colors...colors that probably wouldn't be noticed with component cables. For instance lakes, rivers would appear more "gleek", and white is definitely more vibrant as well. An example of VGA output, is the "Windows" logo that loads when you start your computer, very vibrant.

#18 Posted by hancekyle (1294 posts) -

I use Component, they do really make a difference compared to composite

#19 Posted by Ghost_702 (7405 posts) -
If your current 360 has an hdmi port, then buy an hdmi cable. Understand that any cable sold in a major retailing establishment such as Best Buy and Walmart will cost WAY more than they are actually worth. Cables like the Monster cables cost $50+ because they know people will buy it. All hdmi cables are basically the same. They either send a signal from point A to point B, or they don't. No if's ands or buts about it. Go on Amazon and buy a cheap 6' cable or however long you need for less than a dollar, literally a dollar. I have like 5 hdmi cables that cost me less than $10 altogether and the ones I use work fantastically and have been for over a year so far. Even if they did break, I could go through over 100 before I reach the price of a single monster cable.
#20 Posted by vashkey (33770 posts) -
From my understanding you're not going to notice a significant improvement unless your set supports 1080p.
#21 Posted by Senor_Kami (8439 posts) -
I used to sit like 1.5 feet max from my TV because I was using it as a PC monitor. Back then I could notice a difference. Now that've moved the TV to the living room and I sit like 8ft away, I don't think i'd be able to tell a difference.
#22 Posted by YoungSinatra25 (4314 posts) -

On my LCD TV. I set the HDTV settings to optimal. It set it to 1360x768 via HDMI. THen I set the color enhancement to enhanced and set the HDMI source to auto. Now it looks like im kind of playing on a VGA cable, ye the colors are brilliant and whites stand out more and i can see finer details. So for me its HDMI

reverend1985
I do this to... Its cripier in 1360x768 then 720p, but limits picture adjustment like VGA. As for Hdmi vs component people never do side by side testing. My boys Vizio has a side by side feature so two inputs SBS in like a 4:3 pulldow aspect ratio. (if you plug in comp then disconnect then plug in Hdmi your not getting a side by side comparison) You can instantly tell the difference. Better detail in darker areas and richer colors. But an OMG diff, no. But better is better.
#23 Posted by Sim_genius (9562 posts) -
So good I'm never switching back to composite.