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May 23, 2006

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Pixel Kill

I hear a lot of US games aren't actually region encoded (hurrah!), http://vgplus.blogspot.com/ sometimes tests 360 NTSC games on PAL machines and posts if they work. For example I believe Dead or Alive 4 US worked in UK 360s.

You'll probably need some power converter doohicky too though.

tom armitage

Probably not.

Several games aren't region encoded - DOA4 and Ridge Racer 6 spring to mind - but most still are. Then there's the power issue; not sure if the transformer's multi-voltage or not.

So whilst some games might work, most won't, until there's some form of "chipping" style solution to multi-region play.

This is a bummer.

Still, DS/PSPs are multi-region, so you can take _some_ of your consoles without too much of a hit...

Alice

*sob*

I was fine with the DS, but my 360 has BARELY BEEN TOUCHED! it is not going into storage! that's too wrong.

Alan Benard

If you wish to use your 60-cycle AC game in the 50-cycle DC environment in the UK, you will find that the video is wack. That is, if the TV you are using is NTSC compatible -- the TVs there use PAL, a different system.

In short, I wouldn't bet on it.

Alan

Kim

Asked a friend on the xbox team:
- As far as teh display output: your box will output PAL and not NTSC. However, HD formats are teh same in either place. Good reason to go buy that HD set you've always wanted :-)

- Most retail games are region coded. Sorry, you'll have to order games from teh UK.

- Xbox Live Arcade titles are not region coded. Thus you can share in my Marble Blast Ultra addiction.

Chef Booyadee

Also, you can just get a VGA cable to hook up to any monitor and fuhget about the PAL/NTSC rivalry.

 soco

it's possible to do, but there are some games that are region coded. it seems it's about half and half at the moment. all of the MS published games appear to be region coded.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Xbox_360_games_without_region_encoding

is a semi-regularly updated list. there are some more recent ones linked to that.

the bigger problem may be finding a replacement power supply or decent power convertor that can handle the power draw of 360.

as everyone else has said US tvs don't support PAL, or even PAL60. you'll have to use VGA or HD to get around that.

Alice

Whoever invented region coding in the days of globalisation and the internet has the BRAINS of a MONKEY. And a greedy one at that.

Ben Metcalfe
- As far as teh display output: your box will output PAL and not NTSC. However, HD formats are teh same in either place. Good reason to go buy that HD set you've always wanted :-)

I think most Plasmas and LCD's (including non-HD) take both PAL and NTSC so if you have one of those you might be fine.

I doubt they'll be XBox360 chipping because of the way they've incorporated the "chipable parts" in the processor. You'd have to replace that, which would be difficult to produce and expensive to buy.

Region encoding is nothing short of cartelling - ensureing that prices can controlled in different countries and that releases are staggered to the benefit of the publishers.

At a national level, that kind of behaviour wouldn't be legal, or tollerated. But at an International level it's near-impossible to police.

toony

ive brought staints row from a store but it has ntsc on the top of the case will it still work on my xbox 360 which was brought in uk?

Has anyone got a specfic name/brand and specificatons of a power converter that works for a uk xbox 360 in the states?

Dan

Hi, can someone give it to me plain and simple - if i buy an Xbox 360 Premium Edition from America which is NTSC formatted will it work in the UK and also what games will i have to buy, American or English?

Thanks!

Denis

----Hi, can someone give it to me plain and simple - if i buy an Xbox 360 Premium Edition from America which is NTSC formatted will it work in the UK and also what games will i have to buy, American or English?

Thanks!


I was wondering about the same thing. And do most UK TVs support NTSC?

Dave

Hi - I've just moved to the US and have been going through the same hassles because I've brought my Xbox with me from the UK (brought my PS2 as well). But I've picked up a transformer from this site - http://www.voltage-converter-transformers.com/step-up-down-transformer.html - hope it helps.

I went for the 300W converter ($25) just to be sure on having enough power and spare capacity - I think the Xbox is only rated at 50-100W anyway - so it only cost me about $40 all in ($25 cost +~$15 postage) so that at least gets it powered on.

The problem then is the screen rate. I'm in a rented flat right now with a standard TV so I can't get a usable picture because of the whole 50Hz vs 60Hz thing. Guess I'm going to have to move out and get an LCD TV!

Unless anyone else out there knows of a way of getting the picture to convert somehow?

Ritchie

I've just bought saints row 2 from america through ebay, and i live in ireland, now, not knowing it was from america as it never said the address where it is, and it never said what region it was, i went ahead and bought it anyway.. so when it came i put it into my xbox 360 and i got the Region Not Supported error so i connected my xbox up to the internet and it asked me to download a dashboard update, so i downloaded it, xbox 360 restarted, saints row 2 was STILL in the xbox, and then, all of a sudden! the disk drive makes the noise it does when you put a game in and its loading up, and saints row 2 came on and worked 100%
so what that means is, you download the new dashboard and NTSC games should work, it might ask you to update for the game also, and it should work

Ritchie

also, the answer to all the t.v 50 HZ and 60 HZ, i think you should be able to buy a converter for the xbox to convert 60 HZ into 50 HZ and 50 into 60, they had one for the ps2, but im not sure about the xbox 360, if not, then buy a PlaySonic HD TV or else one of the old Panasonic 32" T.v's, the 60 and 50 HZ always worked for me on that. or you could just buy any new T.v in the shops now, every newly made tv seems to support 50 and 60

d

I got a question? Will UK 360 games work on the US consoles?

Austin

Here's a different question, will UK power supplies be able to power US 360's? So you can skip all the step down conversions and what not?

stu

UK power supply is higher than US

MarcB

Dave wrote:
"I've picked up a transformer from this site - http://www.voltage-converter-transformers.com/step-up-down-transformer.html - hope it helps.

I went for the 300W converter ($25) just to be sure on having enough power and spare capacity - I think the Xbox is only rated at 50-100W anyway - so it only cost me about $40 all in ($25 cost +~$15 postage) so that at least gets it powered on."

Can you clarify which one on this page you bought - there are a few different 300 W options, differing by the available input plug variations. I need to plug my UK xbox plug into this and then plug it into the mains in my US apartment. I can't tell from the site or your post, which is the correct one to go for.
Thanks for your help.

M

Joneeboy

Many of the comments on here are incorrect.Some are total rubbish.Why do people bother to post when they don't have any idea what they are talking about.
1st. About power supplies.Why don't you just read what is written on yours? A UK power supply is rated at 175w and can accept an input of 200-240v AC at anywhere from 47-63Hz AC. Output is +12v DC 14.2A and +5v DC 1.0A.That means it can run perfectly well on US 220 V AC 60Hz.If you only have 110v, you just need a steup up transformer. 110 to 220.Simple.
Next.US and European TV standards are not compatible.The picture is produced by entirely different methods.The UK uses the PAL system, developed jointly by the UK and Germany, with its superior colours is the most widely used around the world, while the US uses its own NTSC standard.
Almost all TVs sold in Europe can accept NTSC signals as well as PAL, but those sold in US can only accept NTSC, with the ex ception of expensive 'multi-system TVs.
Next.Connection to PC or monitor.
My UK Xbox does NOT have a VGA output, but does have an HD one.The number of lines used for HD is now fairly standard around the world, but the method of producing the HD picture is not.So you should be able to output a UK Xbox to a monitor, but not to a US standard HD tv.
As far as games are concerned, these if it is compatible with your Xbox it will run.Many games sold in the UK are 'region free'. It is mainly the USA that pesrists in maintaining such nonesense as regional coding.You could always order games on Ebay Ausralia, where regional coding is illegal!
Lastly, Why on earth anyone would want to take an Xbox from the UK to the US is inexplicable to me.They are much cheaper in the US. You should have sold your UK Xbox before you left, and bought another in the US.
In fact, if anyone is ever changing their country of residence, they should check the compatibility of ALL their electrical appliances, and GET RID of any that are not, BEFORE you travel!
Now, if you are stuck with something that won't work, Ebay is waiting for you.Someone will buy it as long as you are clear about it, and how much shipping will be.
Forget about 'chipping ' an Xbox.It will already play region free discs. It is the incompatible TVs that are the problem.

Paulm

I have just moved to the US from the UK. (Sept 2011). My UK XBox works perfectly well on my US purchased HD TV. (Most TV's in the US stores now seem to be HD TV and cheap compared with UK). Just make sure you use an HDMI connector to connect the two together. You will also need a step-up power transformer (about $20 from Amazon) to power the XBox.

I am no electronics expert, but can offer first hand experience as to what actually works.

katie

I have a UK xbox slim in the USA. I am told that it should be ok on a HD TV although it doesn't seem to be although I think that is the TV. As far as the power goes, I was told to just buy the power cable for the USA (inclu the box bit on it) and it has turned on fine since then. That was from the Xbox live chat service they have.
But if anyone has any advice for why the images are coming out grey with lines going through them would be greatly appreciated :o)

mfk4946@bjc.org

i bought a game troy from the uk cant get it to work in the 360 x box do you know a way to fix this. margie

Rebecca

so basically, UK xbox works in the US provided you have a power converter and your TV is HD? yeah?
im moving there tomorrow !!! i dont want to take my xbox if it wont work. :(

Timo

Hi, I moved from the UK to the US and I took my xbox with me. I called support and they send me a new 110v adaptor, then I connected the xbox using the HD cable and it works perfectly. Now how do I get US content on it? Now when I go to buy games on the xbox it shows prices in Sterling and all applications such as Sky work as if you are in the UK (annoyingly iPlayer doesn't!). How do I get US games installed on it?!! Please answer if you know. Thanks

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