By LKPOWER 14 Comments
As I write this I have only experienced gaming in a widescreen resolution for four days now. You’re probably thinking, “What took this guy so long to get a widescreen TV?” The main reason is that I am a college student and simply didn’t have the money for one. That being said, as a TV/Film production college student, the odd picture compression that comes with playing HD 16:9 games on an SD, 4:3 display has annoyed me to no end. The text is small and nothing looks quite right, not to mention the obvious loss of fidelity that comes from using a lousy RCA composite video signal.
About a week ago I decided to convert a widescreen flat panel computer monitor into a gaming display for my 360. This monitor only has a 480P display but it makes sense for use with my launch 360 that can only do up 480P anyway (at least not without “That weird dongle” as Brad puts it, and even then you are converting an analog signal to digital which causes loss of fidelity and input lag) so the monitor was good fit. After some consideration I ordered several parts on Amazon.com in including: VGA adapter for the 360, an RCA to 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack converter, a 3.5mm coupler, and an in line volume control. All said and done the order coast me about 20 bucks ($25 including shipping).
When everything arrived I was able to quite easily set everything up. It is also worth noting that I am playing this setup using headphones which gives one a slight advantage in some games; Modern Warfare etc… Upon playing my first few games of Call of Duty with this setup I noticed that the wider aspect ratio allowed me to expand my field of vision and literally become a player due to my display. Now I am consistently winning more games, getting higher killstreaks, and reacting faster. It is amazing how as a gamer your display so dramatically affects your performance. I suppose you don’t know how bad your setup is until you implement a better one.
Now I’m even thinking of buying a New Xbox 360 and Using HDMI, in the near future, with its pricing so affordable and the price of HD TVs dropping literally by the day this seems like a must for me. I don’t know how it took me so long to realize this. For those of you out there still gaming in 4:3 you don’t have to anymore, $25 can revitalize your gaming experience just as it did mine. You will be able to see your favorite games as they were intended. It truly feels as though I am rediscovering my favorite games with a new perspective, both figuratively and literally.