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A new Xbox accessory will let you play Halo 2 LAN parties in HD

The XBHD plugs into the back of the original Xbox, adding two HDMI outputs and three ethernet ports

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A photo of the XBHD accessory by EON Gaming that plugs into the original Xbox to enable HD video quality. Image: EON Gaming
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If you’ve ever wanted an easy way to connect your original Xbox to a modern, high definition television via HDMI, EON Gaming has a solution for you, albeit a pricey one. EON’s $189.99 XBHD is a plug-and-play adapter that converts the Xbox’s outgoing video signal to up to 720p or 1080i resolution. In other words, Jet Set Radio Future will look better than ever.

A photo of the back of EON Gaming’s XBHD accessory, showing two HDMI video outputs, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and three ethernet ports. Image: EON Gaming

The XBHD plugs directly into the back of the original Xbox, and it’s more than just a one-to-one video port conversion. This gadget features dual HDMI outputs, so you push the Xbox to two screens simultaneously, or stick a video capture card into one of the ports to stream your games live on Twitch. The XBHD also includes a MiniToslink 3.5mm jack, in case you want to listen privately with headphones, or output to a powerful speaker system.

Better yet, if you want to link up other Xbox consoles for some Halo 2 LAN parties, the XBHD can serve as an ethernet switch of sorts, with three RJ45 connectors.

The XBHD launches on Oct. 10, and it’s available to pre-order now through sites like Rondo Products, Stone Age Gamer, Games Connection, and Amazon.

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