XOSVP Review – The Best Video Output for the Original Xbox ? | MVG

XOSVP Review – The Best Video Output for the Original Xbox ? | MVG


The original Xbox was launched at an interesting time in video game history. The HD era was still a few years away from becoming a standard in the industry. But the Xbox also was a system that was clearly designed to take advantage of HD gaming. 4×3 CRT displays was still mostly commonplace in the household, and the original Xbox at its base did not support 240p, instead utilizing the rather dated-looking 480i interlaced mode. On most consumers CRT TVs, this was probably not much of a difference visually. But if you pair it up with the broadcast display like a Sony PVM, you can clearly see the noticeable flicker of the interlacing in action. With the emergence of high-definition displays that supported 720p and 1080i, the original Xbox had you covered. With the HD AV Pack, you could boost your resolutions to these screen modes, if the game supported it. There are only a handful of titles that ever ran at 1080i and about 40 original titles that supported 720p. The Xbox also supported widescreen mode via simple “16:19 Widescreen” option in the dashboard. The homebrew community also embraced 720p and 1080i HD signals, with software like XBMC. And many emulators were upscale to take advantage of these high resolutions. Just like all retro consoles, getting a good video image out of an original Xbox, in 2019, onto a modern display can be tricky. We saw last year, in 2018, the release of the Pound HDMI and the Hyperkin HDMI solutions. But, unfortunately, both of those cable solutions offer subpar image quality. So, the HD AV Cable by Microsoft is still the most desirable and the best one to use. But, unfortunately, it’s starting to creep up in price with cables approaching the $65-$70 mark. Now, it’s certainly not GameCube Component Cable status yet, but it is going up in price, simply because they offer the best image quality. But, fortunately, there is a new player on the market, and it’s a cheap open-source alternative to the official Microsoft HD AV Pack. The XOSVP, or the Xbox Open Source Video Project, is an open-source alternative to the Microsoft HD AV Pack. Its goal is simple: to provide the best video quality for the original Xbox at a cheap price. The way that this works is simple: it matches the same impendence levels and cabling used from the original Xbox. It also uses a high-quality video filter to remove all artifacting and noise without modifying the source signal. And it also includes optical video out for the best audio quality. It comes with high-quality shielding, which is something that the cheaper cables are lacking, including the HDMI solutions from Pound and Hyperkin. The XOSVP can be built from kit form, or it can be bought preassembled. The kit cost $15 U.S., and the complete assembled version is $35 U.S., much cheaper than the official HD AV Cables. So, let’s go ahead and take a look, and see how well the XOSVP actually performs, especially when we compare it to the officially licensed Xbox Panorama Hyperkin HDMI cables, as well as a cheap set of $7.99 component cables from Amazon. And finally, we can’t really do any testing, unless we compare it with the official HD AV Pack from Microsoft. The XOSVP is a simple adapter connected up to your Xbox, as you normally would. But keep in mind, you would still need a good-quality component video cable, which is not included. I recommend the Monster, or Monoprice, cables. They are built using RG-59 coax and are thicker and harder to bend. But, if you just end up using a cheap set of Generic cables, then you won’t see any benefit from the XOSVP at all. I’ll leave a link to the Monoprice cables and all other cables and adapters I’ve used in the Amazon links below. Now, for the audio, you will need a TOSLINK cable. Since it’s digital, you can use any one you like. It won’t really matter. If you don’t have a way to output digital audio, or are using a component-enabled CRT, then you’ll need a Digital to Audio Converter, or DAC, to manage this for you. These will set you back about $20, or so, on Amazon. But keep in mind, you will be getting the absolute best audio quality coming out of your Xbox. Now, with everything connected up, let’s take a quick look at some gameplay captures and see how everything looks. First impressions are excellent. The XOSVP looks and sounds fantastic, the colors pop and the audio is great. Here’s a quick sample. Games that render at native 720p, such as Soulcalibur 2, look nice and crisp. And the XOSVP also handles 1080i interlacing exceptionally well. And The Matrix looks great, running at this resolution. One of the biggest criticisms are here with the original Xbox are the black levels particularly at 480i and 480p, which are quite high. Now, unfortunately, the XOSVP won’t fix this problem for you. This is something you’ll need to adjust on your HD television or monitor output settings. So, yes, first impressions look good. But how does it compare with the official Microsoft HD AV Pack? If we use Soulcalibur 2 as our test once again, both look almost identical to each other. In fact, blowing up the screen resolution, I can’t notice any differences here at all. It’s great stuff. The XOSVP is advertised to provide the very best video quality, as compared to the official HD AV Pack and based on my tests. It does exactly this. It’s very impressive and you can tell that care and attention has been put into every facet in the design of this hardware, especially as it’s a cheap open-source project that you can build from parts off the shelf for cheap. So, what about the other alternatives? Last year, we reviewed the Pound HDMI cable on the channel, and while it certainly wasn’t terrible, it lacked some quality control issues for really making it a viable solution. If you recall in my experience with these cables, they are hit and miss. Some users have a great experience with them, while others like myself never got them to work correctly. In fact, I’ve used three different revisions of this cable with different levels of success using different Xbox revisions. And my summary was: it’s not worth the headache. I had a whole slew of things, including random noise, glitches, D-Syncing and other issues. Attempting to capture gameplay through these cables was an exercise in frustration. Now if you have one of these cables and they work for you, then that’s fantastic. But for me, it’s not the case. So, with the Hyperkin Panorama HDMI cable, which is supposedly officially licensed by Xbox, it looks suspiciously similar to the Pound cable. So is it any different? And is it any better? The good news is that this cable, at least for me, works much better than the Pound cable. I think the rule that this cable is just a rebranded Pound cable, seems to be accurate, but it looks like they’ve at least fixed some design issues. I can capture and use this cable just fine and I’ve tested it on a 1.0, 1.1 and 1.6 Model Xbox, and it certainly works much better. But again, and I must stress that this is my experience with this cable. Reading some reviews on Amazon seems to indicate that users are still having the same problems that they’ve had with the Pound cable. So, your mileage may definitely vary here. Now, when we compare the video quality of the Hyperkin HDMI to the XOSVP, the image quality is pretty good. But you can clearly see a lack of visual quality with the image overall looking a little duller. There’s also a slight color palettes difference I noticed, too, which is a byproduct of these cheaper cables. It’s certainly not a deal breaker, but it’s definitely noticeable. The XOSVP is quite simply a better solution overall than the Hyperkin Panorama cable. And, then, we come down to the cheap Generic component cable. I wouldn’t recommend this cable to anyone. You’re better off using an official composite or S-Video output over something like this. But let’s test it out, anyway. As you can see, the noise levels of this cable are just unacceptable, with the entire image looking quite blurry, with each pixel showing artifacting and green noise. There’s also a line of green shadow on the left side of the image. Overall, it’s just a bad cable and definitely not recommend it to anyone that wants a good-quality image from the original Xbox. But hey, I thought it was worth checking out, anyway. Cheap component cables definitely fall into the category of you get what you pay for. So, in summary, the XOSVP provides the same level of video quality as the official Microsoft HD AV Pack, for up to 1080i HD resolutions. Overall, it’s a fantastic product. It’s open-source cheap, and it just works. Now, there are some extras that you’ll need to purchase, in order to get the very best out of this cable, including a high-quality set of component cables and a digital audio converter, if you don’t possess the ability to output digital audio. But both of these extras don’t really add too much to the price. And with the Microsoft official HD AV Pack, continuing to creep up in value, I can easily recommend the XOSVP to anyone that’s looking for superior image quality out of their original Xbox. So, in conclusion, I love the XOSVP for $15 in kit form and $35 preassemble. It’s an awesome piece of hardware. It really stands up and goes toe-to-toe with the official HD AV Pack. They are pretty much the same as far as image quality is concerned. I can’t tell any differences at all, in fact. In some instances, the image seems cleaner to me on the XOSVP. And I can only recommend this product to someone that is looking to get the best possible image quality out of the original Xbox. But it certainly doesn’t want to pay the $65-$70 ridiculous prices that are going on eBay with the official HD AV Pack. This is a fantastic product, and I do want to thank Darren Thompson for sending me out one of the units to try it myself on the channel and review for you, guys. I really appreciate Darren. Thank you so much. Well, guys, I hope you enjoyed this video and the XOSVP review. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below. If you liked this video, you know what to do, leave me a thumbs up. As always, don’t forget to Like and subscribe, and I’ll catch you, guys, in the next video. Bye for now.


100 thoughts on “XOSVP Review – The Best Video Output for the Original Xbox ? | MVG

  1. I have that box component adapter as well. It seems to have circuit boards and other things that make it better than a standard component cable.

  2. Component was sort of a scam though on older consoles. A majority of original Xbox games run at 480p so you don't really notice too much of a difference going from RCA to component. I'm sure it helps for the limited number of games that run at 720p or 1080i. The one thing that does look better is text on the screen. It is crisper and easier to read.

  3. In my experience the cheap component cables work way better than the pound and the hyperkin hdmi converter, I have also tested a new hdmi unbranded converter for the xbox and have the same issues with some xbox models such as blurriness and interference, the cheap component cables work fine with all xbox models and I always get them from Chinese sellers for around $4.99 a very good deal compare to the 29.99 I have to pay for a converter

  4. Looks like a great gadget, I just have to say one thing. Open Source is software, this is Open Hardware.

  5. What would a component video capture rig look like? Can you use a component video signal splitter for 1x to a TV and 1x to a capture card PC or does the splitter add noise to the analog signal?

  6. While fun for retro purposes, the Xbox emulation for Xbox One X is so good there is simply no going back. In the future hopefully all the important titles will be X-enhanced.

  7. I still have my Microsoft HD pack that I got for a dollar last year. Definately the find of the year, haha. They definately didn't know what that thing was worth.

  8. Sweet video! I wish I knew about this before I paid $65 for the official HD pack on eBay… How are you capturing the component video? It looks really good. I tried connecting the HD video pack to my 24" Dell 1440p monitor and it looked like smeared crap! I don't know if this has something to do with the native 1440p LCD display or what but I wasn't impressed.

  9. I think my Xbox looks pretty damn good with just component cables on my HDTV. Then again I only play multiplats that were better on that system.

  10. Hay man thank you so much for making this video Since You released it I've sold three of these HD packs for top dollar. 🙂 thank you very much..hahahah… why don't you let me give you one of my DIY wii2hdmi converters? I will ship out to you for free. All I ask is Maybe you mentioned my video where I show you how to make one of these for $5. I also put the $5 DIY HDMI adapter up against the pound adapter side-by-side captured footage. The results are shocking 🙂 I'm serious as a heart attack get back to me if you're interested thank you

  11. got a modded xbox with a component adapter 2 controllers and 13 games for 25$ CAD it was a steal

  12. But the XOSVP is just a VGA out without the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you are hooking this up to a VGA monitor, the sound’s gone, too.

    Better off with a proper VGA box with a 3.5mm headphone jack to get both video and sound simultaneously, but the game must have 480p or 720p support or else it would not work.

  13. Anyone have any experience with the Psyclone cables vs the og? I notice black levels are actually very low on these. Blacks appear grey and overall image seems brightened. May have to pick this up for the black levels alone….

  14. @Modern Vintage Gamer what about the official microsoft component cable or monster xbox component cable

  15. Honestly, I'll just stick with the Pound HDMI cable (I didn't have any of the issues mentioned). Like you said in your review of it, some games are literally indistinguishable from the HD Component cables. In this day and age with more and more TVs removing component, personally I'll happily take a tiny hit in visual quality for a few selected games than mess around with component cables and converter boxes.

  16. MVG any chance you can port maddog mccree for xbox it has been done but files have been offline forever and nowhere to be found

  17. Such a waste of money for such an old and shitty console compared to todays standards, your wallets hurting for stupid things 😂😂

  18. Or you can DIY from xbox AV and Xbox 360 component cable. Both cables are easy to disassemble. Plenty of instruction over the internet. The cheapest way to have quality component xbox cable.

  19. For the pound cable you gotta get the rev 2 one's. the one's that have a seperat hdmi cable plugging into them. they fixed some stuff. it's still not the best. I am using it it's alright. you can use the mcable with them to.
    I wonder if it will be worth wile to get this to the framemeister? I understand the framemeister isn't the best for 480p content. but will it be better then the pound cable?
    Wonder how good this will look to the OSSC. i hear the ossc can do 2x mode with 480p?
    Wonder if the underground community can make a hdmi solution for use one day.
    Modded 2tb xbox rules. so much games. Also have some love with my OPL 1tb ps2.

  20. Just wondering from a technical point a view if its fair to compare this to any of the cables with HDMI as those would have analog to digital scaler chips? that suffer from issues where this is still a analog signal being output-ed?

  21. This cable would've been great had it not excluded the stereo analog audio. Its definitely good, but having to buy an audio converter on top of the component cables alongside this thing puts the price fairly close to the official HD AV pack and that has both digital and analog audio built in. Honestly, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the official pack that's actually reliable, you'd be better off building a cable out of an og xbox composite cable and xbox 360 component cable. Otherwise, I'd just bite the bullet and get the official pack. For those who can't use analog connections and don't want to sink $200+ into an OSSC, your best bet is Hyperkin's Panorama cable. It's not perfect, but its better than composite, s-video, knockoff component cables and most certainly better than Pound. Never buy Pound cables, they all suck.

  22. MVG does you now a good way to conect the Xbox and Wii to a VGA CRT monitor? I use component to HDMI + HDMI to VGA but i don't like results, image is washed out and don't look natural.

  23. The monster cables work great just have super tight fitting connections. The cheap cables have good quality but with video noise due to poor shielding

  24. Another good alternative are official 360 component cables that have the connector replaced with an Xbox one. You can make these yourself or as I did buy from eBay, they're just as good as the official HD box but less bulky and half the price (although they lack digital audio out).

  25. Years ago I cut open a spare A/V cable and looked up the pin out for the connector. I broke it out into a project box with nothing but RCA jacks on a board. I didn't do any filtering. I don't even have proper shielding on it as I used some spare cat5 to move the signals from the xbox to the RCA jacks and then run to a TV with component cables. I never had any issues with it, but I am glad people are making stuff like this available.

  26. I used the official component lead running through a hdmi converter as wanted it running through my avr. Looked awesome. Had optical lead in the converter for dolby digital. But that was 10 years ago. I've now got a wii running all my emulation through rgb on a crt for the retro theme

  27. I feel very fortunate that about a year ago or so I snagged that official HD AV pack for around $30.

    Excellent comparison! I still use my Xbox every night and am always amazed that a near 20 year old console can look this good!

  28. N64Freak's Analog to digital plus 5.1 sound Internal HDMI Mod from 10 months ago is still a better solution with how much it costs for all of these products and will look even better and benefit greatly from 720P Hex edited games

  29. Always better to use a DIY component cable made from a 360 cable. This is a very cheap and arguably the best video output option for the XBOX
    https://www.ogxbox.com/forums/index.php?/topic/240-high-quality-diy-component-cable/

  30. 3:37 – Oh gawd….

    MONSTER

    Jesus… They aren't worth the price ….. Unless their price has plummeted from the $150 range they used to be…

  31. I have 4 xbox's that I want to mod, to be reliable and fully-featured.

    What mod chips (to remove the eventual failing hard drive, and disc drives) should I buy and install? I am assuming I should remove the time capacitor, to prevent leakage too.

  32. Its cool that this device exists, but not having analog audio is a deal breaker. I can't think of a reason why they wouldn't include it, since there are already analog audio pins on the multi-out. I would even go as far as saying that using this device along with a cheap DAC to get analog audio, has the possibility of not being as good of quality as the internal audio DAC in the Xbox. I always thought that the least number of signal conversions usually gets the best results.

  33. Would anyone recommend just running this adapter straight into my tv component slot. Or plugged into my ossc. Using HD Retrovision component cable.

  34. I have a MadCat HD AV pack, Composite, S-Video, Component and audio with TOSLINK and R-L RCA. Came with all the cables too.

  35. nice Video as always, but you made a mistake, DAC is Digital to Anaglog Converter, not Digital to Audio, but i guess that was just a mistake that slipped through editing. No hate, flame or anything like that, but i wanted to clarify that for people who dont know.

  36. Can you recommend a good Component to HDMI converter please? I'd need one to use a XOSVP, as my monitor doesn't support component.

  37. Great review! I've personally had a great picture using sub-$10 component cables on my digital TVs for over a decade, but newer TVs are quickly dropping component inputs, making an HDMI adapter like this more and more critical. My only suggestion is for you to provide the lag time in milliseconds for any analog-to-digital converter, as high lag can ruin a retro or competitive gaming experience. This is especially true on modern digital TVs, as most already have ridiculously high lag already. My $2500 4k LG from a few years ago is 67ms! So I have little to no room to add any additional lag.

  38. The OG Xbox truly was an amazing powerful game console at the time, being the 1st to HD gaming of course. The next gen Wii couldn't even do native HD resolutions.

  39. I really knowing about somewhat obscure Xbox and Xbox 360 attachments, like the HD AV pack. I never knew such a thing existed.

  40. even then i'm really not a fan of the xbox's 480p output. i don't know if its my xbox or what but the image is just really soft in 480p. in 480i there's a lot of scrolling lines and it looks ugly as hell. do you know whats up with that?

  41. How about this type of cable? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Genuine-OEM-Microsoft-Xbox-Component-AV-Cable-High-Definition-HD-Video/323863962473?hash=item4b67cbe369:g:gN0AAOSwwR5dM-jB

  42. MVG, thanks for this very nice review. Unfortunately my new TV doesn‘t have a component input anymore. Could you recommed a component to hdmi solution without any loss of quality? Thanks

  43. I was going to ask why that version of the official cable was so expensive, but I looked up the official component cables on ebay and they're almost the same price. I have the one without the box and they work well. When I bought these cables new I think they were selling both the box and the one without the box and getting the box one didn't seem to make much sense.

  44. OK let's do the math.
    XOSVP + shipping: 40 bucks
    Good Component Cable:30 bucks
    Audio Converter: 20 bucks
    Stereo cable: 5 bucks
    Seems very expensive, right?

  45. I'll have to check however the component cables i bought off ebay or amazon however they do display hd at 1080i or 720 perfectly fine on the unleash dash screen , it's crystal clear as i'd expect, pretty sure it's like that when in game on halo as well. I don't recall seeing any blurrs or weird crap, however it's been a while since i last used the ol' pox. Perhaps i've got lucky. Not sure i have that fighting game to see if issues can be replicated

  46. I watched a video where someone compared regular component against the HD AV Pack and frankly there was a difference but now, this is gonna be 1 heck of a comparison.

  47. No, just get a good soundbar or AV receiver with connected speakers that use Toslink for 5.1 audio, DTS for movies in fact.

  48. He, DUDE! Halo 2 has a UI Widescreen you know! Turn on the Xbox's widescreen mode and you'll see that Halo outputs widescreen, HUD is stretched because UI only works with 3D graphics.

  49. I'd like to see the HD AV Pack and XOSVP against the Monster Component cables that I have which has the best sheilding, gold plating, and very well known for getting broken because people intend on pushing them in by force when in reality that's not what you do.

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