Difference Between NTSC and PAL Xbox 360

Games and gaming has been the main source of entertainment for many around the world. Gaming has even been taken up as a profession nowadays and there have been annual competitions being held around the world. Every gamer and non-gamer are familiar with the Xbox . There have been many who have wished to have one for themselves.

The hot topic in Xbox has been NTSC Xbox 360 and PAL Xbox 360. Though they are both Xbox, they are different versions of the game and therefore have their own differences from one another.

NTSC vs PAL Xbox 360

The main difference between NTSC Xbox 360 and PAL Xbox  360 is that NTSC Xbox 360 is compatible only with NTSC TVs whereas PAL Xbox 360 is compatible with only PAL TV. So one should make sure they check which TV they have to know the compatibility of the Xbox .

NTSC vs PAL Xbox 360

 NTSC Xbox 360 is a version of Xbox 360 series. It has all the gaming facilities like every other Xbox play stations. They are only compatible with NTSC TVs and have a resolution of 29.97 FPS if it is non-IVTC NTSC TVs.

PAL Xbox 360 is a later version of Xbox  360. It came after NTSC version. They have region-locked games as an additional feature i.e., they have games that are available only in specific regions and cannot be played or accessed in other regions.

Comparison Table Between NTSC Xbox 360 and PAL Xbox 360

Parameters of ComparisonNTSC Xbox 360PAL Xbox 360
CompatibilityOnly compatible with NTSC TVsOnly compatible with PAL TVs
Voltage consumed110 V220 V
GamesMost NTSC games do not work on PALA few games of PAL Xbox are region locked so it will not work NTSC Xbox
Frame Rates29.97 FPS for non-IVTC25 FPS
Resolution720 x 480 pixels720 x 576 pixels

What is NTSC Xbox 360?

NTSC is a verion of xbox 360 series. It is compatible only with NTSC TVs that stands for National Televisions Standard Council. These are the TVs made in only North America, Japan, the Philippines and S. Korea. These are the standard pre-defined ordinary television sets or also known as analog TVs.

This has a resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and has a frame rate of 29.97 FPS(frames per second) for non-IVTC NTSC TVs. They consume 110 V and the countries mentioned above have a standard voltage of 110 V.

The other regions have higher voltages and therefore they are not compatible with the standard TVs of these regions.

They have a few games that only work with NTSC Xbox 360 and is not compatible with any other series of Xbox 360.

What is PAL Xbox 360?

PAL Xbox 360 is the later version of Xbox 360 series. It released after NTSC version. These are only compatible with PAL TVs i.e., the TVs in the regions excluding the ones that produce and use NTSC.

This means that PAL Xbox 360 is not compatible with NTSC TVs. They also have region-locked games. The games that are region-locked are not free for playing other than in the region mentioned in the description.

The number of games in PAL is more than the one in NTSC version of the Xbox series. They have a higher resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and a frame rate of 25 frames per second.

They also consume higher voltage when compared to NTSC. They consume 220 V and thus it is important to check the voltage output and adjust them accordingly before getting a PAL Xbox 360.

Main Differences Between  NTSC Xbox 360 and PAL Xbox 360

  1. One of the major differences between NTSC  and PAL is compatibility. NTSC Xbox 360 is only compatible with NTSC TV whereas PAL Xbox 360 is only compatible with PAL connected TV.
  2. NTSC requires 110V whereas PAL requires a much higher voltage of 220V. But this also depends on the current supply and the connections made for the two.
  3. A few games present in PAL are region locked. This means that these games would not be available in specific regions and these regions are compatible with NTSC. So these games would not work with NTSC. A few games of NTSC are also not compatible with the PAL console.
  4. The frame rates for the two are also different but this difference is very small. While NTSC has a frame rate of 29.95 FPS, PAL has a frame rate of 25 FPS.
  5. They have different resolutions as well. NTSC has 720 x 480 pixels whereas PAL has 720 x 576 pixels.


NTSC and PAL are both versions of Xbox 360 with NTSC being the earlier version to be released. Thy both, though are versions of the same Xbox series, they still have considerable differences between them.

NTSC Xbox 360 is the Xbox 360 series that have a 720 x 480 pixels resolution in a NTSC TV. They consume 110 v and so it is necessary to check the voltage output before the purchase of this Xbox.

PAL Xbox 360 is the later version of Xbox 360 series. They have improved features and better resolution when compared to NTSC version. Since they have improved features, it also means that they consume more voltage than NTSC.

The difference between NTSC and Xbox can be marked with their compatibility with the other TV. NTSC Xbox 360 is not compatible with PAL TV and PAL Xbox 360 is not compatible with NTSC TV.


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