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I just got the HD setup, so I wanted to see all of my XBOX games in glorius W I D E S C R E E N...

 

However, after spend an hour figuring out the hookups and the XBOX settings, my ESPN 2K4 was short and squashy...ACK!?

 

So, after talking with Ruffneck, he told me that not all games were setup for widescreen - this makes sense...

 

I popped in PGR2 - and WOW - WIDESCREEN glory...really nice...

 

I also found this site: http://www.hdtvarcade.com/ which has a great list to all games and their technical stats...

 

Now, hopefully ESPN 2K5 is widescreen enabled!!!

 

Thanks Ruffneck and chatakins for all your help - anyone else have any tips and tricks?

 

-Mike

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You didn't mention what model/brand TV you had, sometimes that helps people offer up tips/tweaks

 

However, after spend an hour figuring out the hookups and the XBOX settings, my ESPN 2K4 was short and squashy...ACK!?

 

If a game doesn't support widescreen you'll usually not want to play in the TV's 'Full' mode. Instead you'd want to select one of the other stretch modes to give you a more natural picture. The newer generations of widescreens have such good stretch modes sometimes it's hard to tell when something isn't widescreen supported. Hopefully this is the case with yours!

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anyone else have any tips and tricks?

 

Yes. If the game isn't in widescreen, don't be afraid to play it in it's native 4:3 mode. As you noted, stretched games are shot a squashy. ACK!!! Also, if you haven't done so already, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Avia Guide to Home Theater or Digital Video Essentials so that you can properly adjust your TV's settings to get the best picture. This can also help minimize the risk of burn-in if you plan on playing a lot of games on it. Additionally, proper calibration can extend the life of your set by keeping contrast settings nice and low.

 

Finally, I would also consider having your TV ISF calibrated. It will cost you a few hundred more dollars, but it's worth it. If you think the picture you have now looks nice, it will look, that much better after a good ISF technician is done with it.

 

While we're on the subject, what kind of TV did you get?

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On the topic of stretching, I'm a picky guy, but for some reason I don't actually mind stretching my games. I think it has something to do with the fact that synthetic images don't look that strange when stretched, except maybe vehicles. Certainly, I have no problem with playing games like Halo or Kotor stretched.

 

I would never watch a stretched movie, though.

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Sorry!

 

I have a SONY 61HS10...it's a 4:3 set but it squeezes to a 16:9...it's actually nice having "both"...

 

Anyways, I have actually been a little disappointed...I have an input that will take a component cable but it isn't HD - and it looks just as good...

 

I paid $80 for a switch box (the Pelican) and I'm thinking of returning it - it just isn't worth it at this time...all I am losing is some games in widescreen :)

 

What do you guys think?

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You have two component video inputs on the back of that TV. I know you have an Xbox, and I asume you have a DVD player. Do you have a digital cable box or a satellite box that can do an HD signal? If you only have two devices that can output a 480p signal, then you probably won't need the box for switching. If you have three devices or more, you'll probably need the box.

 

Anyways, I have actually been a little disappointed...I have an input that will take a component cable but it isn't HD - and it looks just as good...

 

Are you sending an HD signal to the one input or are both inputs receiving a 480p signal?

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I believe your TV has 2 component inputs, but only 1 can except 480p or 1080i, the other component input accepts only 480i. So if u have your X box hooked up to the 480i input (Video 4) it won't be in progressive mode.

 

If you have a progressive scan dvd player you want to make sure that you have it hooked up to the 480p-1080i input(Video 5) to get the full resolution of your dvd's and using the 16:9 squeeze mode.

 

You also might check to make sure that your switcher will accept 480p-1080i and not just 480i.

 

Hope this helps out.

 

Matt

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