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Michael St. Clair

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It's the real deal.

There are also some enterprising hackers at the xboxhacker.net forums selling kits and such.

It is just a simple component->rgb transcoder with sufficient bandwidth for 480p.

You'll get 640x480p.

You won't be able to use the dashboard. You won't be able to play any interlaced games (hopefully, James Bond is the only one EVER).

There may not be sufficient bandwidth in this box for true HD, if any 'true' HD games are ever released.
 

Jason Handy

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$80, yeah, but how much is that shipping charge? I would be surprised if it's less than $100 when all is said and done.

Still, it looks pretty sweet for people who want to port it to a computer monitor. Does anybody know what benefit, if any, this provides over the component cables? I know that for my Tosh, I need to go VGA->Component to display it, so it seems like an extra step avoided by just using the Hi-def pack.

Jason
 

Michael St. Clair

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Jason,

It is only of use in the following cases:

1) You want to use Xbox on a computer monitor

2) You have an old hi-def set with only an RGBHV input, no component

3) You have an extra RGBHV input on your HD set, and you don't want to have to use a component switcher (or receiver) to share the component connections amoung your other components nad your Xbox.
 

Jason Handy

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It has to do with the way the signal is being changed. VGA to component involves integrating Horizontal and Vertical Synchronization timings into the colorstream outputs. If I remember correctly, when the Xbox sends out a signal to the TV, all that info has been processed in the box.

The Xbox is basically a stripped down PC, and I am sure that it is (relatively) trivial to send a VGA signal out of the box.

Correct me if I am wrong, that is what my limited knowledge has led me to believe.
 

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