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Xbox 360 Video/ Audio Cables

Published by SuperCheats Staff on Aug 18th 2013
There are several ways of connecting your console to your TV. The cables you need to use will depend on the type of display that you'll connect the console to and what ports the display device has. This short article will discuss the different types of cables available for your Xbox.


The cables have three colors: yellow for video, then red and white for the audio. This offers standard definition output and is best used for CRT displays. The resolution for Composite video is 480i or 576i. It is in standard formats like NTSC, PAL and SECAM.

Color Codes:
Yellow: Composite video
Red: Right-analog audio
White: Left-analog audio

For more technical details about Composite video, please follow this Wikipedia article.

Want to set up your Xbox 360 on a standard definition TV? Follow this article.


Component cables provide better quality than composite cables and can support up resolutions like 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and more. Many HDTVs support component video up to their native resolution. However, component cables doesn't carry audio signals by themselves so they have red and white audio plugs, similar to what is included with composite cables.

Color Codes:
Green (Y): Carries the Y or Luma (brightness or luminance) and sync information
Blue (Pb): carries the difference between blue and luma (B-Y)
Red (Pr): carries the difference between red and luma (R-Y)

For more technical details about component video and YPbPr, please follow these links that will lead to their reference Wikipedia articles.

Want to hook up your Xbox 360 component cable to your TV? Follow these steps.


HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an audio/video interface that allows uncompressed transfer of video data and digital audio. This is the best option so far for an average consumer to get the best video and audio for their consoles. It also reduces that clutter by allowing both video and audio signals to pass through a single cable, unlike composite and component cables. Only newer TVs and monitors with HDMI ports can be used.

Another convenient feature worth noting is that unlike the other Xbox 360-exclusive composite and component cables (due to their unique ouput a/v connector), you can use any HDMI cables and you can insert it from any end. This will allow you to use the HDMI cable on other HDMI-compliant devices other than your console.

For more technical details about HDMI, please check this Wikipedia article.

Want to hook up your Xbox 360 via HDMI to your TV? Follow these steps.

VGA HD Cable

If you don't have an HDTV or you don't have the budget to get one yet, one good alternate in getting high quality graphics out of your console is by connecting it to a computer monitor. Since all current LCD / LED monitors or even older CRT monitors have VGA ports, you can connect your Xbox to them and you're good to go.

VGA HD cables can support up to 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p. Be wary though since generic Xbox 360 VGA cables won't be able to support higher definition; or if they do, you'll notice a considerable disparity between a branded or generic one.

Want to hook up your Xbox 360 via VGA HD Cable to your HDTV or LED/LCD monitor? Follow these steps.

HDMI AV Cable and Audio Adapter

This setup is perfect for people that want to connect their Xbox 360s to another sound system or headset. the HDMI will be carry the digital display signal while the HDMI Audio Adapter will be used to connect to your headset or sound system.

Want to hook up your headset or audio system to your Xbox 360 while still using HDMI for your audio? Follow these instructions.
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