How to Connect Xbox to Projector – Advantages & Disadvantages

How to Connect Xbox to Projector

How To Connect Xbox To Projector

In this article, we have explained how to connect Xbox to projector in simple steps, troubleshooting, and the advantages and disadvantages of gaming on a projector.

Being an expert gamer, I always want more. Gaming on a projector 4K screen is an otherworldly experience especially split-screen co-op games with buddies. It is extremely easy to connect Xbox to the projector. We have covered it in a step-by-step guide.

  1. Check Out The Connections:

Check-Out-The-Connections

Almost all of the projectors nowadays come with either 1 or 2 HDMI ports for videos signals. It is the most common form of video signal. Similarly, a lot of projectors with S/PDIF connections as for audio.

Older models may come with a VGA port, DVI connection, or an S-video connection.

  1. HDMI Connection:

Xbox-Connections

Suppose your choice is an HDMI connection. If your projector doesn’t have a highly unlikely HDMI input, then you can easily purchase an HDMI adapter which is available on all of the big marketplaces like AMAZON.

Check out the laptop to projector connection via HDMI cable as well.

  1. For The Sound:

External stereo system (if available) creates an immersive environment. I never play using headsets if I am at home. The choice is yours but you would need to connect your Xbox’s S/PDIF port for the speakers.

You can use an A/V receiver to connect multiple devices. Learn about it more on this forum post.

  1. Connecting Everything.

HDMI-cable

  • Power OFF Xbox and the projector, then connect HDMI cable to both devices.
  • Power ON. The projector will automatically recognize the Xbox.

How To Connect Xbox To A Projector Using A VGA Connection

If your Xbox and projector are really old, use the VGA cable. VGA connection may not be as popular as HDMI but it still works, especially in 3rd World countries.

The following steps will guide you through:

  • Power OFF bot devices. Locate the D-sub port on the back of your projector.
  • Connect one end of the VGA cable to the projector and the other end to the Xbox.
  • Power ON. The projector will recognize the device.
  • Connect headphones to the Xbox for the sound. VGA is only used for video out. You can separately connect the external sound system to the Xbox.

How To Troubleshoot An Issue When Connecting Xbox To A Projector

 I am not getting a display: 

Check both ends of the HDMI cable. Restart both devices. 90% of the time issues resolve on their own when we restart both devices. If you still can’t get a display, change the HDMI cable. I haven’t seen many issues with HDMI ports. Most of the time a change of cable gets the job done.

 I am not getting sound from the setup: 

Restart both devices. This will likely troubleshoot the issue. If it doesn’t work, check both ends of the cable. Change the A/V receiver if the push comes to shove.

 Resolution Difference: 

The resolution should be the same. Most projector manufacturer’s claims supported 1080p resolution which is wrong information. If it is written as native 1080p, then it is actual information.

So if the Xbox is set to 1080p, and the projector’s native resolution is 720p, then it is not a correct match because whatever the manufacturer claims, a projector can exceed its native resolution.

Although extended display identification data (EDDID) suggest console provides the closest resolution that a projector can handle, I would suggest manually setting the Xbox resolution to the value closest to the projector’s native resolution.

 Refresh Rate and Lagging: 

A gaming console is engineered for gaming so the refresh rate will always be higher and lagging will always be lower. A specific gaming projector like BenQ HT1ST50 OR Optoma GT5600 has a low input lag of almost 16ms and a refresh rate up to 144hz. They are ideal matches for a gaming console, but not all projectors can be good for gaming.

So in that case, lower the refresh rate of the Xbox on the display and sound menu.  It will eliminate the lagging problem. At least I hope so.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Xbox Gaming On A Projector

Projectors were the only source of gaming on a huge screen despite many visuals and colors issues comparing to TV, but nowadays a 70in LED TV is available in the market so why still game on a projector?

Let’s see some of the benefits and drawbacks.

 Screen Size: 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • A huge screen is a primary reason we opt for a projector.
  • A short-throw projector like GT5600 is not super gaming-friendly, but you cast a massive 100 inches image from just a few inches from the screen.
  • We pro gamers prefer massive screens for split-screen games like COD. We get to have our own 25in a portion of the screen.
  • Tangling with wires and other small devices is a massive disadvantage. Compare to a TV of similar size, visuals aren’t that great.

 Space Saving: 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Projectors take very little space compared to TVs.
  • They are portable as well. You can’t just carry and install your massive TV wherever you want, but I take at least one projector from my collection to tours. I like to play games and watch the video in the guest houses as well.
  • Carry something fragile and heavy as a projector can be difficult. Most of the time it gets damages from the turbulence, and speed breaker shocks on the road if it is not properly stored in a container or briefcase. Happened to me at least 2 or 3 times this year.

 Image Quality and Cinematic Experience: 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • 4K even 1080p home theater projectors like Epson 5050UB, JVC NX5, and VAVA 4K are excellent for immersive home theater gaming.
  • Black levels, color and skin tones, and overall visuals are realistic and the whole experience is really good in a bat cave environment.
 

  • I won’t sugarcoat things, I may prefer projectors for the lag-free cinematic gaming experience, but they can never match visuals and black levels of a quality 4K TV.
  • Even a $15k can’t match the HDR content of a high-end TV. The blacks will never be 100% inform and deep, and ambient light reduces most of the visuals.
  • In a nutshell, projectors can’t beat TVs in visuals. Maybe expensive super 8K projectors can, but we are talking about the majority.

 

 Noisy, Hot, and need External Speakers: 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • 80% of the projectors are equipped with external speakers. It is very convenient if you don’t have an external sound source.
  • I have seen any projector whose speaker’s quality can match a stereo system. The audio is not necessarily bad, it won’t match a 5.0 or 7.0 sound system.
  • One of the biggest disadvantages of a projector is the noise and heat. A TV neither emits heat, not does it make any noise.
  • Not all projectors make that much fan noise but it is a drawback.
  • Optoma GT5600 is purely a gaming projector, it ejects lava. Trust me I can’t operate it in summers without AC. In winters, it is more like a heater :P, saves my bill. In a nutshell, most projectors do emit extreme heat.

Wrapping Up

I explained How to Connect Xbox to Projector, troubleshooting methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of gaming on a projector. As an expert, I would suggest you should at least try gaming on a projector once in your lifetime, maybe you become an addict like me.

Projector has its drawbacks if we compare it to visuals and stunning black levels of TV, but it isn’t that bad.

About Gregor Allen

Gregor Allen is the Founder and Managing Director of Glinty Lab. He is an Electronics Engineer and Blogger. He loves to write unbiased reviews about tech products.

Leave a Comment