Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit review: Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Adds HDMI output to older Xbox 360s; full 1080p video output; no-hassle installation; includes 3-foot HDMI cable and optical audio cables.

The Bad HDMI only outputs stereo audio (optical hookup needed for surround); picture quality improvement is minimal; somewhat pricey; included cables are short.

The Bottom Line The Mad Catz Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit delivers exactly what it promises--but you should only get it if you're looking to reduce cable clutter.

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Unlike every version of the PlayStation 3, the first batch of Xbox 360 consoles didn't include an HDMI-out port. Yes, firmware updates eventually added 1080p output via the console's component cables--despite the fact that the matching inputs on most TVs didn't support that resolution. HDMI eventually came to the Xbox 360 line--first with the Xbox 360 Elite, and then to the standard 20GB Xbox 360 as well. However, there is still a large audience of original (pre-autumn 2007) Xbox 360 owners with HDMI-less consoles. With the Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit from Mad Catz, those gamers with original Xbox 360s can join the rest of the HDMI gaming world.

The HDMI Conversion Kit comes with an adapter, an HDMI cable, and an audio optical cable. While we hate to bash the inclusion of cables, the fact is that the 1-meter (3 feet) length was just too short--we needed to move around some of our gear to make things reach. We'd like to see Mad Catz upgrade to more forgiving 1.5- or 2-meter cable lengths.

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Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit

Part Number: MCB04744 Released: Jan. 2, 2008
Low Price: $20.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan. 2, 2008
  • CE Product Type HDMI conversion kit
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