How to Connect Original Xbox to LED Using HDMI?

Original Xbox to LED
Original Xbox to LED

So you were roaming around in your closet and found your old Xbox lying there in peace and you suddenly had the urge to play your old games? You take it out and try to plug it in your HDTV HDMI port and Uh Oh! It doesn’t have one. But you are lucky enough to have a component connector on your HDTV and you plug it in. But then you realize that your Xbox games are looking worse on your HDTV than they did on your CRT monitor.

So what is the issue? Is it only your imagination or you got used to high graphics games on your newer console that Xbox games now seem to be outdated? Well, it is not your imagination. The reason is that HDTVs don’t read analogue signals well. That is why you may lose colour vibrancy over HDTV and that is precisely why you will want to plug your Xbox into the HDMI port of your HDTV.

So how do you do that? Luckily there is a pretty easy solution to that. Just buy the best Xbox HDMI adapter to do that for you. An HDMI adapter takes in the analogue signals from the Xbox and converts them into digital signals through active signal modulation technology.

Using this adapter is very easy and has a lot of benefits over the traditional component output. First, it retains all the colours, second, it may even look better. Standard Xbox output is the outdated 480p standard which is the maximum resolution supported over the component even though some games support 720p and even 1080p natively. This adapter runs the game on their full resolution and makes the textures and details even crisper.

It is very simple to use. We recommend using the pound HD adapter for connecting your Xbox to your HDTV. The Pound HD adapter will plug directly into the video port of your Xbox and you will need to plug in the HDMI cable that comes with it.

Here is how to do it:

  • Plug the video port into the Xbox display port and don’t start your Xbox yet as you may need to reboot again after you plug in the HDMI
  • After you have plugged in the video end to the Xbox plug the HDMI cable into the other end of the adapter.
  • After plugging in, plug in the other end of the HDMI cable into your HDTV.
  • Now turn your Xbox on and you should immediately see the Xbox logo on the screen if everything goes well. Sometimes the TV and the Xbox may struggle with each other to bring themselves on the same page by adjusting the resolution. If that happens, just give them some time. The screen may flicker for some time but should eventually subside.
  • Start a game and see the resolution on the TV. The game should be running on the maximum resolution now with crisper graphics.


So I hope you can enjoy playing your Xbox with HD resolution with even better colours and picture quality.

A tip: if you experience brightness issues on old games, just crank up the settings from your TV.