Why is my new Xbox 360's output all pixellated?
August 30, 2010 10:48 AM Subscribe
Xbox 360. HDMI. 1080p monitor. Why am I only getting a 720p picture?
posted by Ryon to technology (19 answers total)
I feel a bit sheepish posting this question because I'm more tech-oriented than your average person, and it seems like an eminently Googleable problem, but searches are just turning up a ton of irrelevant information and I am stumped.
I just got a fantastic deal on one of the new "slim" Xbox 360 consoles. I plugged it into my 23" Acer monitor with an HDMI cable, hoping to see a beautiful 1080p picture, but was met with blurry, pixellated text and interface elements in the Dashboard.
The Xbox says it is running at 1080p. When I go into the monitor's menu, it says it is receiving 1080p. When I tell the Xbox to use an "optimal" resolution, it chooses 1080p. But the picture looks exactly the same as if I set the Xbox to use 720p instead. 480p looks even worse, naturally, but 1080i and 1080p show no improvement over 720p that I can see.
Let me stress that I am certain the monitor is capable of displaying 1920x1080 pixels. It does so with my iMac, over the very same cable (and a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter), all the time.
All of the support materials and instructions, etc. that I can find online (and on the Xbox itself) are not helpful; they just say that to get the best picture quality, to use an HDMI cable and choose a resolution that is native to the monitor.
Actually, most of the materials say to use a Microsoft-branded HDMI cable. But this is just advertising, isn't it? I can't possibly need Microsoft kit to make this standard connection work?