Widescreen Xbox gaming questions

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ricky Hustle, Jan 17, 2002.

  1. Ricky Hustle

    Ricky Hustle Supporting Actor

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    I have the Panasonic Tau CT-34WX50. I have my Xbox set to widescreen mode, and it is connected to my TV via the component inputs. So far I have played all games that do not support widescreen in stretch mode and they look great, so I never bothered changing the TV to normal aspect ratio (4:3). I have games like HALO, PGR, SSX, & Munch's Oddyssey.

    So yesterday I boot up NFL Fever and it doesnt look too great stretched out and I tried to change the TV back to 4:3. The aspect ratio would only switch between FULL and ZOOM modes. I consulted the hardware manual for the television and learned that when a 1080i or 480p signal is detected thru the component inputs, I could only switch between the ZOOM and FULL modes. Hmmm.

    So... I start thinking that maybe its not worth it to use component inputs (High Definition AV Pack) and switch over to S-Video (Advanced AV Pack). Will I suffer much video quality loss? Is it worth it?
     
  2. JamesH

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    One thing to do is try experimenting with different aspect ratios in the Xbox system menu. You may be able to get things matched up.

    I definately wouldn't drop down to S-VIDEO, you'll lose a lot of picture quality. Not only will you lose the requisite color depth and sharpness, but you'll also be losing the progressive scan capabilities. Totally not worth it IMO. Go get yourself a nice widescreen game like DOA3.
     
  3. Daren Welsh

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    Halo and PGR are stretched. You can tell by the circular aiming reticle and the tachometer. Fever just looks extra stretched because the linemen are so ... horizontally challenged. Personally, I don't mind Fever because those fatties on the line are easily 350 lbs. I'm pretty sure Madden has a true 16:9 mode, though. So if you're set on non-stretched games, you'll have to swap.

    edit: Ok, after re-reading your post more carefully I see that you already know you're playing stretched games. /me slaps his forehead ... I just wanted to point out that Madden is supposed to have true 16:9.
     
  4. Ricky Hustle

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    Thanks guys for the responses.

    Got rid of NFL fever and will be picking up Madden.
     
  5. Jay Mitchosky

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    In case you haven't been following this thread in the Games Software Forum, it highlights those Xbox titles with 16:9 support.
     

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