Connecting your Xbox 360 to your TV should be par for the course when gaming. But how about the Roku TV? How do you connect your Xbox 360 to that specific TV type?
The Roku TV comes in hundreds of television models from many makers of TVs. You have TCL TV, Hisense, Sanyo, element, JVC, RCA, Hitachi, Magnavox, Westinghouse, and Onn. The Roku “TV” is really an operating system on smart TVs
It allows you to stream subscription channels easier without an external Roku device. With that in mind, can you connect the Xbox 360 to one of the hundreds of Roku TVs?
How to Connect Xbox 360 to Roku TV
You can connect your Xbox 360 to any Roku TV depending on what sort of TV it is. If it’s a smart TV with Wi-Fi connection capabilities then you’re likely to use its HDMI1 or HDMI2 port for your Xbox 360 or 360S console.
Maybe it even has an AV1 and AV2 ports (with AV or A/V referring to audio-visual). However, if you wish to view Xbox 360 in HD you need to go the HDMI route. As for older Roku TV models, you might have to use the Xbox VGA HD AV cable for them to work.
It Mostly Depends on the Roku TV
Most Roku TVs aren’t CRTs and have smart capabilities so they’re likely HDMI-based. Then again, they might have AV or A/V ports as alternative connections regardless.
You specifically might have to work with a composite AV cable along with HDMI if you’re using an Xbox 360E. When using an AV cable, plug the cable colors into the TV port colors after plugging the larger end into the Xbox 360.
With HDMI plugs, you can usually use either end on either port unless otherwise indicated (i.e., it might be a one-way HDMI cable that uses one end for the source media and the other end for the display or TV).
Decide What Type of Cable to Use
The Xbox 360S and Xbox 360 can use either HDMI or A/V cables to connect to various TVs. Roku TVs are just smart TVs with the Roku operating system preinstalled in them to allow for easy access to channels or services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Go, Peacock, and more.
The Xbox 360E can only use composite A/V cables or HDMI. It has a more limited HDMI alternative compared to Xbox 360 and 360S. Check to see the connections of your Roku TV to see which cable type you need or could use in case the HDMI ports aren’t available.
Connecting to an Older TV with Roku
In order to connect to an older CRT or plasma TV with a Roku connection, you’ll have to borrow that Roku’s HDMI or A/V adapter. Or you could get a splitter converter to allow for more connections than the old-timey TV’s AV connections could allow.
You can also use the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV cable as an adapter in lieu of an HDMI port. Always go for the HDMI port if it’s available through, usually with a standard HDMI cable unless you have a 4KTV that requires or uses a premium-grade HDMI cable instead.
The Xbox 360 might not deliver 4K graphics like the Xbox One could but it can still go HD and it thusly uses the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV cable as an adapter for older TVs without HDMI.
How to Connect the Cable from the Xbox 360 to the TV
First off, remember to place the game console at an accessible area first since you’ll be inserting game disks on it. Make sure it’s a dust-free area too. If too much dust ends up on the console, it could overheats and you could end up with a Red Ring of Death signaling your Xbox’s demise.
Regardless, here’s how you should go about attaching different cables to your Xbox and Roku TV, PC, or TV with Roku on it:
- VGA HD AV: Put the bigger end of the cable into the Xbox. The other end should then be on the TV or PC monitor. It should have red/white ports for audio and VGA for video. Match the color plug to the right ports.
- HDMI: Just connect the ends of the HDMI cable to the HDMI ports of the TV and Xbox. Don’t forget to set the TV to the correct port (HDMI1, HDMI2, and so forth) when you wish to access your Xbox 360 screen.
- Composite AV: The larger end goes to the Xbox 360 source media. The three tri-colored cables should go to the matching colored ports of your composite AV or RCA composite television. Don’t forget the audio cable going to the audio jack.
- Component HD AV: Component works like composite and uses tri-color video connectors for red, green, and blue. Again, connect the large plug to the Xbox and match colored connections to the respective colored ports.
There should be red and white audio ports to connect as well. Connect the right colored connector to them. Finally, set the switch on the A/V connector for your TV. Choose HDTV if the display supports at least 480p. Otherwise, go with TV.
If you have an HDTV and the cable has a yellow RCA composite connector, leave it unplugged. To connect to standard TV, use only the red, white, and yellow jacks. Don’t use other connectors.
Finally, turn on your Xbox 360 and check the integrity of the connections. You’re good to go.
How to Pair Up Your Controller with Your Xbox 360
As for pairing the controller with your Xbox 360, here’s what you need to do. The wireless controller requires you to hold the Guide button to turn it on. As for the wired controller, just plug and play with the USB port.
On the controller, press then releases the Connect button. Do the same on the Connect button found on the console. After you’re done, setup your profile and signup for the Xbox Network service. Also, choose HDTV settings if it’s there.
The Xbox 360 and variants feature multiple component or composite cable connections on top of the current HDMI standard. You can choose between them if you wish to access older TVs. If you have an HDTV though—as most Roku TVs are—the HDMI connection should be your default.
HDTV and HDMI connections give you the best resolutions and picture quality. If you’re using a 4KTV though, it will get “downgraded” back to FHD or HD since those serve as the peak resolutions you can reach with the 360.