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I am getting a Dell XPS laptop as a Christmas present. From what I have been reading online it can play some modern PC games pretty well (3 GB Nvidia® GeForce® GT 555M). I don't want to play games on a small laptop screen. Can I hook it up to my HD television and use it like a defacto gaming console?

I am guessing there might be some kind of problem with screen resolutions not matching up or something like that. Is there any extra hardware I need to buy?

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Just send the output to JUST the HDTV, then you can use the TV's native resolution. So, if you have a 1080P television, it will send out to 1080P, assuming your graphics card supports it and you use a DVI or HDMI cable (will VGA output 1080p?)

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I know my television supports 1080i because that is what my Xbox uses I am not sure if the GeForce does. I am not sure if a modern game like Skyrim for example can run at that resolution. – Wrathfoss Dec 22 '11 at 17:42
Modern games should run at whatever resolution you set it, as long as the computer can handle it (i.e. Gfx card) – Canadian Luke Dec 22 '11 at 17:59
You can also use both screens at once, and have different resolutions set for each screen. – SaintWacko Dec 22 '11 at 19:27
@SaintWacko Only some games would support that with different resolutions, or different screens – Canadian Luke Dec 22 '11 at 19:35
@Luke Oh, I didn't mean playing the game on both screens at once. You play the game on the big screen and use the little one for Skype/TS/Vent or whatever. I'm just saying you don't have to set it to just HDTV. – SaintWacko Dec 22 '11 at 19:38

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