Just received my original Xbox (soft-modded) console a couple of days ago and thought I’d do a comparison between the standard AV cables and the component cables.
We all know component produces a better image, but just how much better is it ?
Lets find out…
Would like to start by letting you all know I used to own an original Xbox back in the day, which was later modded with an Xecuter 2 mod chip, but then I ended up selling it…yup you guessed it, when I was in university (see the pattern here? university life = constantly being broke).
Anyway, having a slight urge to revisit some of the old games, I decided to buy one on Ebay the other day. The console came soft-modded with a 160Gb HDD upgrade, tonnes of emulators and roms (full SNES, NES, Mega drive, Gameboy, Master System, Turbo Graphix and Gamegear catalogue of games + 4100 MAME arcade games installed !).
I was able to hook the console up to my PC and use a FTP (File Transfer Program) to add a couple of decent little apps to the console as well, such as the ”Enigmah Videoswitcher” app – which allows you to change the region of the console anytime you like. Why is that good you might ask?…
Well, if your in PAL region like me, some of you may not know that the PAL console’s ability to output in 480p, 720p and 1080i was disabled by Microsoft. This was something only the NTSC (US and JP) regions were able to experience.
I may write an article on how to install this app on your soft-modded xbox console in the near future (it’s really straight forward), so keep an eye out for that.
So after installing the Enigmah app, I decided it was time to set the region to NTSC do a comparison of composite (the standard yellow, red and white) cables and the component cables (green, blue, red + red and white audio) for myself.
The games I used were ”Evil Dead fistful of boomstick” and ”Ninja Gaiden”.
In a nutshell, I was actually pretty taken back by how clear the component cable picture quality was compared to composite. I obviously expected a difference, as composite is rubbish, but the difference really is something else. All the games just look really polished and the colours so vibrant.
Take a look for yourself in the videos below:
Evil Dead – Composite Vs Component
Ninja Gaiden – Composite Vs Component