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Do I need a HDTV tuner card for next gen console?

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October 6, 2006 4:16:19 PM

I'm going to be picking up a ps3 or xbox360 (leaning towards the ps3) here in the next month or so. I want to be able to take full advantage of the system as far as running it in 480i/p, 720 p, 1080i. My computer specs are the following:

Gateway FPD2185w monitor (supports the above named resolutions, has the red/green/blue component inputs on the monitor)
http://gateway.com/programs/lcd/index.shtml?cmpid=index*home*billboard*21w*programs/lcd/index

WinTV-PVR-150 MCE (tv tuner)

http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvr150mcek...

I guess my 2 questions are would I be able to hook the system directly up to the monitor? And second if not I'm guessing my tv tuner card wouldn't work, since it's not HD? If thats the case and I do need a new HDTV tuner card can someone recommend one?

Thanks!
October 6, 2006 7:21:59 PM

As far as the PS3, which will have HDMI ports. Just buy a converter from HDMI to DVI and connect it directly to your monitor. Which should solve the problem for the PS3.

Also if you use a HDTV tuner card to play games, there is a delay in the signal between the console and the image. Impossible to play games IMO. Movies are okay.

For the XBOX360 you would just have to use the Component cables, unless they have a DVI connection cable for the XBOX360 already or if the HD-DVD drive (which has HDMI) lets you use that interface for gaming as well...

Viewsonic has this box:
http://www.viewsonic.com/support/tventertainment/tvvideoprocessors/nextvisionhd10/
For HD signals to a monitor, I'm guessing it is a little expensive though...

Hope that helps.
October 6, 2006 7:29:29 PM

I have heard with many different kinds of brands and even my own non HD tuner card (ATi Wonder 200). There are some delays. Especially with the HD cards, which I believe have to convert signals for viewing in HD. If you think about it there will always be a delay between the card converting the signal to your video card, which then goes to your display.

I think he's better off just trying to go directly from the console to the monitor, if at all possible.
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October 6, 2006 7:34:10 PM

I've been hearing that also, but I wasn't looking for a way to play games through the tuner. Just to watch and record TV was all I wanted.
October 6, 2006 7:45:43 PM

Right, I was just saying in general. Lol.
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