Hi guys! I looked around and didn’t see any guides on how to do this, so I figured I’d give it a shot and hopefully help some people out.
Why would I need to use my computer monitor to play my 360?
If you don’t have an HDTV but still want to play your 360 in HD! If you have an LCD screen for your computer (widescreen is of course better suited for this) you can use it instead. As another side note, many new monitors have HDMI ports now, but they don’t support sound, which is a bit issue which can be resolved using my audio solution.
A much easier alternative to any of this is to just use the Xbox 360 VGA cable, but if for some reason you wished to stay with DVI then you should keep reading.
Can I use my laptop’s monitor?
Is my monitor good enough?
This is a question I’m asked a lot about this topic. There is really many different things to consider, but probably the most important aspect is…
Resolution: What is the max resolution your monitor can handle? If it can go up to 1280x720 [16:9 Aspect Ratio] or 1440x900 [16:10 Aspect Ratio] then yes, you can handle the awesome power of HD graphics. If not, your monitor is still a viable alternative to using a standard def TV, and will still probably look much better.
** 16:9? 16:10? What? Aspect Ratio?!**
Aspect Ratio is, basically speaking, the size at which you see an image. Somewhere between TV land and computer land though there was a a dispute on standards. LCD monitors usually [always?] have an Aspect Ratio of 16:10, which usually results in black bars appear above and below when you watch a 16:9 video, which is HDTV standard aspect ratio. In regards to using your Xbox 360 on your monitor, the 360 cannot utilize 16:10 aspect ratio for games, but will instead use 16:9 ratios and will give you black bars on top and below your game.
** Materials you will need**
1x Xbox 360 Composite Cables
1x HMDI to DVI cable (OR: If you have a HDMI cable laying around you can get an HDMI to DVI adapter for one end of the cable)
1x Female Composite Audio to Male headphone jack
1x female to female 3.5mm adapter
First you need to do a little modding!
You’ll need to take your Xbox 360 composite cable and do a little modding to it. You’ll need to break the plastic around the head of the composite cable in order for it to fit into the back of your system with the HDMI cable at the same time. This can be done by prying it off using a flathead screwdriver or a knife. When you do it you should get a final product something like this.
Next plug both the composite cable and HDMI cable into your 360…
Now you might be wondering, why do you need to do this? You see, HDMI carries both sound and video signals, however DVI does not. That’s why we need to still have composite cables for sound. However Microsoft doesn’t want you to use both cables at the same time, and would prefer that you shell out $$$ to pay for their special made cables which are of course very inflated in price.
Now you’ve got that out of the way all you need to do is plug the other end of the HMDI to DVI cable into your monitor and you’re good to go! If this can’t reach you can purchase DVI cable extenders (which also make it very easy to physically swap between your PC and 360). Here’s a look at my setup…
But sound is a bit more tricky, as you’d probably want to use your PC speakers near your monitor. Wouldn’t want your sound coming from across the room.
I can has sound?
Now you need to plug your Xbox 360 composite sound cables into your Female Composite Audio to Male headphone jack as so…
Now attach the female to female 3.5mm adapter
Then plug your speakers or headphones into the other end
And that’s it! Now you don’t need to worry about getting an HDTV right away, but still play your 360 games in nice quality. A pretty easy guide, but hopefully this can help out with the sound problems I hear most people have when trying to attempt this. Hope this can help some people.
Caution!!!: DO NOT set your 360 to a resolution higher than your monitor can support, or else you will be greeted by an blank monitor screen as your 360 happily boots up.