Configure the Xbox 360 console Display settings for a high-definition TV

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SUMMARY

This article describes the following:
  • How to configure your Xbox 360 Display settings if you are using an HDTV A/V cable
  • How to improve color quality and color saturation

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Although the Xbox 360 console usually uses the best default settings for your combination of TV and cables, there are options on the Xbox 360 console to improve your HDTV display. The options available change depending on which audio-visual (A/V) cable and video display you use. For this article, the procedure explains how to set the HD settings for an Xbox console connected with an HDMI cable, which is the most common HD cable used with the Xbox 360 console.

There are four common HDTV A/V cables available for the Xbox 360.

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Xbox HDMI AV Cable and adapter
Xbox 360 HDMI AV Cable
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Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable
Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable

If you use this cable, make sure that you set the HDTV switch on the connector.
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Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable
Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable
(No image available)Xbox 360 Japanese HD AV (D-connector) Cable


To configure your HDTV settings

As an example, the steps in this procedure show you how to configure your HDTV settings if you are using an HDMI cable. The steps are the same for other HD-capable cables, but the options available might be slightly different.
  1. Go to the Settings hub, and then select System.

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    Go to Settings and choose System


  2. Select Console Settings.

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    Select Console Settings


  3. Select Display.

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    Select Display


  4. Select HDTV Settings.

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    Select HDTV Settings


  5. Select the resolution that is supported for your HDTV.

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    Select the screen resolution for your HDTV


    Note Optimal Resolution is the default option when an HDMI cable is used. This option allows the HDTV and Xbox 360 console to determine the best setting.

  6. Select Yes to confirm the change.

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    Select Yes


Note If your HDTV does not support the selected option, the screen goes blank. If the screen does not reappear within 10 seconds, the console switches back to the original setting.

To improve color quality

Many HDTVs display better color if more color information is provided. The Xbox 360 console can send additional color data to your HDTV to optimize your picture.

Note Not all HDTVs accept additional color information.
  1. Go to the Settings hub, and then select System.
  2. Select Console Settings.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Select Reference Levels.
  5. Select the option that works best for your TV or monitor.


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Set the Reference Level for your TV


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SettingDescription
Standard
  • This is the default reference level and should work for all displays.
  • Select this option if Intermediate and Expanded yield poor color quality.
Intermediate
  • Select this option if Expanded yields poor color quality.
Expanded
  • Select this option for HDTV.
  • This option does not work well for most VGA monitors and older HDTV displays.


To improve color saturation and tint

  1. Go to the Settings hub, and then select System.
  2. Select Console Settings.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Select HDMI Color Space.

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    HDMI Color Space


  5. Select the option that works best for your TV or monitor.

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    SettingDescription
    AutoAutomatically set to RGB or YCbCr for resolution and content type based on HDMI recommendations.
    SourceAutomatically set to RGB or YCbCr based on the game or video source.
    RGB
    • Set for HDMI-compliant displays.
    • Displays games and videos in RGB format.
    YCbCr709Typically used for high-definition movies.
    YCbCr601Typically used for standard-definition movies.

Xbox Support

Please visit the following website for information about how to contact Xbox Support:
support.xbox.com/contact-us

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Article ID: 906663 - Last Review: February 19, 2012 - Revision: 10.0
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