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Difference Between NTSC Xbox 360 and PAL XBOX 360

NTSC Xbox 360 vs PAL XBOX 360

When it comes to consoles, one of the most confusing and probably the most frustrating issues is NTSC/PAL. The Xbox 360 is no exception as there is a version for NTSC and another for PAL. The significant difference between the two of them is with which TV sets they work with. A PAL Xbox 360 would not work with an NTSC only TV set and same goes with an NTSC Xbox 360 and a PAL only TV set. If you plan on ordering an Xbox 360 from abroad, better make sure that it is compatible with your TV before buying.

Another issue, though not directly caused by being NTSC or PAL, is the voltage that the Xbox 360 would take. Most countries that are using the PAL standard have 220V power lines while most countries that are using the NTSC standard have 110V power lines. Though it is the general rule it is not always true as there are countries that have 220V power lines but also follow the NTSC standard. Since the Xbox 360 does not take dual voltage, you should look into the right voltage for your console as plugging a 110V Xbox to a 220V power line would quickly fry your console. You would need to get a voltage converter if the voltages on your console and wall outlet don’t match.

Another concern is the games that you can play with the Xbox 360. Although a lot of games are playable on either system, there are still games that work only on one and not the other. This can be contributed to the region coding that was implemented before to prevent people from playing an NTSC game on a PAL system and vice versa. If you have a PAL game that is known to work with an NTSC system, you can try to change the display settings to 60Hz to try and solve the problem. Other than that, the only plausible solution is to get a game that is compatible with your system.


1. A PAL Xbox 360 is not able to connect with an NTSC TV while an NTSC Xbox 360 is not able to connect with a PAL Xbox 360
2. PAL Xbox 360s often take 220 volts while NTSC Xbox 360s take 110V
3. Games that work on an NTSC Xbox 360 may not work on a PAL Xbox 360 and vice versa

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  1. When you say “Although alot of games are not playable on either system”, do you actually mean “Althouh alot of games ARE PLAYABLE on either system”? Because the latter makes much more sense.

    • So type of ntsc game can work on a pal 360

      • No this guy is full of shit. Pal and NTSC are region code. Each disc and console has one. If the consoles region does not match the disc it will be unreadable and there will be a likely chance that they have different languages. Example: Spanish English Japanese and French. Region codes aslo are a way for Microsoft to tell what region/country your from. Some Dev kit consoles can change their region. Retail/Flashed/other Xboxes cant. If you buy a game from a different country it will not work on your console because it has a different region code.

        NTSC=United States
        PAL=Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
        NTSC/J=Japan, China, Other

        A great tool to change a ISO’s (game) region code is called ABGX360. Here is the download link http://abgx360.xecuter.com/

        • 1. The region code for video games is not the same as the television standard. NTSC TVs are 60 Hz, and PAL TVs are 50 Hz, but the Xbox 360 can output either. I own an NTSC/U, NTSC/J and PAL 360 console, and they ALL WORK with my TV. However the PAL 360 will not display video DVDs as it tries to output 50 Hz.

          2. The power supply is what takes 110-120V vs 220/240V, NOT the console. I have a US power supply connected to my PAL 360 and it works just fine. You can import consoles, but you have to use local power supplies.

          3. Xbox 360 games can be coded as RF (region free), NTSC/U, PAL, or NTSC/J, or even combinations of the three, but it’s not what’s printed on the case or disc, that’s just where the game was released. (abgx360 does NOT change the region code, but you can use that website to see what possible regions your games may be.)

          4. This info applies specifically to Xbox 360. Other systems have their own set of region-locking, while some may not have any region-locking at all.

          For more info contact me, QuickMythril. I’m always willing to help people learn things.

  2. NTSC and PAL are not region coding and those designations have never been used to keep people from using discs in other regions. You are thinking of region codes: 1 2,3… Which are.used to restrict playback of DVD Video media outside of the region of the player.

  3. So, how to know if my Microsoft Xbox 360 are PAL or NTSC?

  4. This information is wrong. If you’re using your xbox with a HDMI cable, then PAL and NTSC have nothing to do with anything, because HDMI uses neither PAL nor NTSC.

    Xbox discs are not region locked, so you can play US xbox games on a euro Xbox and vice versa. If you are using HDMI, it will display properly on your TV.

    The only two things you need to worry about are:
    1. The voltages are not cmopatible – you can fix this by buying a power brick for the specific region you are gaming in. The xbox end of the cable is the same, but the brick and the plug that goes into the wall are different. Different bricks are compatible with any xbox, as long as the connection on the xbox itself fits (it has changed over time).
    2. DVDs (as in movies and stuff, not xbox games) are region locked, and they use PAL and NTSC, so you won’t be able to watch US DVDs on a European Xbox, and vice versa.

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