How to Connect an XBox 360 to a VGA Monitor

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How to Connect an XBox 360 to a VGA Monitor
VGA is used for transferring images from a desktop to a monitor. (vga image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

The Xbox 360 was released in 2005 and was the first gaming console to feature high-definition graphics, which are ideally viewed on a high-def capable device. Almost all modern TVs have high-definition capability, as do most flat-screen computer monitors. An Xbox 360 can be connected to a VGA computer monitor by using a simple VGA converter.

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360 with composite or component output cables
  • VGA converter
  • VGA male-to-male cable
  • Monitor with VGA input

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    Connect your Xbox 360's video output to the VGA converter's video input via either component or composite cables. The component cables are red, blue and green and can transfer high-def content while the composite cables are yellow, white and red and transfer only standard-def. The VGA converter should have corresponding inputs.

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    Connect the VGA converter's VGA video output to the monitor's VGA input via a VGA male-to-male cable. The VGA video input on the monitor can almost always be found on the back, though if it's the wall-mounted variety it might be on the bottom.

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    Power on your Xbox 360 and your monitor and set your monitor to the proper video channel. If it's a TV, you might have to sort through video channels such as "VIDEO 1" until you get to "VGA" or "PC" or "Computer." If it's a computer-only monitor, then there will usually only be one video channel and your Xbox 360's images should pop up right away.

Tips and warnings

  • VGA does not transfer sound, so if you are playing your Xbox 360 on a computer monitor via VGA you won't be able to hear anything. However, if you use an HDMI converter and cable and have a monitor with an HDMI input, then you'll have sound.

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