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1.) Will any games require the HD DVD drive, or will that only be used for HD movies? I really don't want to buy a 360 and have to spend $200 more to play Halo 3....

2.) If I get the VGA cable and run it on my PC monitor (1600 x 1200) would the graphics be bad compared to on an HDTV? Also, could I run it at 1080i with letterbox bars to get the advantages of widescreen?

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1) I doubt it

2) At 1600x1200 the "graphics" would be better than standard 720p HDTV

3) I think you need a monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080 for 1080i
    
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1.) Will any games require the HD DVD drive, or will that only be used for HD movies? I really don't want to buy a 360 and have to spend $200 more to play Halo 3....

2.) If I get the VGA cable and run it on my PC monitor (1600 x 1200) would the graphics be bad compared to on an HDTV? Also, could I run it at 1080i with letterbox bars to get the advantages of widescreen?

Thanks, guys.
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1) No. Micrsoft has promised that all games will be released on DVD format. HD-DVD is just for movies.

2) Since 1080i/p is 1920x1080, your monitor wont be able to display it. However, 720p is 1280x720, so it should work, as long as your monitor supports it.
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My only issue was that with a native res of 1500 x 1200 I thought lower than that might not look good. So I don't have to worry about that?
    
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1600x1200 is a higher res than 1280x720 o_O
    
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I know, so the pixels wouldn't line up... I don't know how I'm trying to say this... but I've heard that runnign at anything other than native res looks worse than native res.
    
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On an LCD if you don't run at the native res it looks and blocky and pixelated (or so I hear), so you just run it at native res to avoid that
    
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My only issue was that with a native res of 1500 x 1200 I thought lower than that might not look good. So I don't have to worry about that?
It depends on the LCD. Some scale non-native resolutions pretty well, while others look awful running non-native.
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My Viewsonic LCD TV has a native resolution of 1366x768, however it can produce 1920x1080 via the DVI cable. The thing is I could not set my monitor through the PC to 1920x1080. With yours, the resolution will be best on 720p but you might have a letterbox on the top and bottom.

The 360 won't stretch (or shouldn't) to fill the monitor.
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Well my games look fine at 1280 x 1024, so I guess it should be OK to play games a 740p... Thanks for all the help guys.
    
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