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Xbox HD+ Kit Overview

Xbox HD+ Kit Overview

Kris Randazzo
5 minute read

The original Xbox is quite a machine, but one thing it's missing is a native HDMI port. Fortunately, the Xbox HD+ Kit can solve that problem. It's the first and only purely digital video output mod for the original Microsoft Xbox, and it's available now.

Purchase yours here:

Xbox HD+ Digital Video Upgrade Kit w/ Open Xenium:

Xbox HD+ MakeMHz Digital Kit + Installation Service:

Xbox HD+ MakeMHz Digital - Installation Service Only:

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Transcript of the video:

Hi everyone! Kris from Stone Age Gamer here. The original Xbox has become quite an interesting item to have around in terms of a retro console. Besides having a pretty stellar lineup of exclusive games not available on its contemporaries like the Playstation 2 and GameCube, and plenty of other games not available through backwards compatibility in newer Xbox consoles, the Xbox has no shortage of life built right in. What isn’t built right in though is a native HDMI port. Thanks to the Xbox HD+, that problem has been solved. Let’s take a look

This here is the box for the Xbox HD+. What it is is a mod that we sell for the original Xbox that allows the system to output via an HDMI port. As the official description says, The Video signal is captured directly off of the pixel data bus from the GPU, encoded, and sent directly to your HD TV with no added external interpolation or frame-buffering for a crystal clear, no added lag, video output. This is a purely digital experience here, and that goes for sound capture as well.

Of course if you want more technical information than that, you can check out the official product listing over at

For now, let’s take a look at what’s in the box! What we have here is… pineapple now & laters? No, that isn’t right. Let’s try this one. There we go. Now, as you can probably tell by looking at the contents of this box, this isn't a simple plug and play device. This is a somewhat complicated mod. There is some micro-soldering involved and while it isn’t too crazy, it isn’t recommended for beginners. Fortunately we here at Stone Age Gamer offer a modding service with a bevy of options as well, but more on that later.

So what we have here is the actual unit itself, the Xbox HD+ board, some 3D printed bracket thingies to make your system look all pretty, and this here is the Xenium chip. Now while the Xbox HD+ doesn’t technically require you to mod your Xbox, many of its features aren’t available without it. Like I said before, we offer said mod service right on our site and we can help you get all set.

Underneath here we see some more wires, and other assorted things so no, this isn't the most complicated mod you’re ever going to see, but it very much isn’t recommended for beginners.

So this here is a look at a console that already has the mod built into the system, and as you can see it’s a pretty clean looking mod when it’s all said and done. This is a 100% reversible mod as well, so if you ever decide you want to get your system back to its original non-HD form, you don’t have to actually cut anything up so that’s completely doable.

So let’s take a quick look at the thing in action.

What you’re seeing here is the Xbox HD+ main menu. Here you can mess with all manner of settings.

The Xbox HD+ is available now at Stone Age Gamer, as well as a wide array of modding options. Thanks for watching everyone. If you liked what you saw here today please share, comment, like, subscribe, and be sure to let us know what you think. Have you tried this mod before? Are there any other mods you’d like to see us perform at our shop? We’d love to hear from you. Thanks again, and on behalf of all of us at Stone Age Gamer, keep playing games.

ok so what we are going to do is a full console giveaway that has the HD+ kit and open xenium chip pre-installed. The focus will be on the HD+ part of it of course. The kit they gave us is a 1.6 version, which we don't have on hand right this minute but we have a console for it and will put it together in the next day or 2. We should tag makemhz when we do the giveaway also. Maybe pick a date and let everyone in the video know that you just need to go to Facebook or whatever and like and share the post to be entered to win. We will then pick a random winner using a number generator (or however else if anyone has a better way of doing it). Maybe give them 48 hours to like or share the post or something like that and mention the deadline on the video.

for the console itself you can mention that it will have both the HDMI added as well as the open xenium chip, plus an upgraded 2TB hard drive. It will have a new dashboard installed that will allow backups and homebrew games to be used. It will not come with any games installed to the hard drive.

you could also explain briefly that the open xenium chip allows the extra features of the HD+ to be accessed and used.

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