I will not lie when I say that I am a complete newbie when it comes to all things HD. For the time being, I will be picking up a wii due to it's "simpler" nature graphics wise. That and the fact that it will be a long ways off before I am able to afford a true HDTV in addition to either of the other two next gen consoles. But don't get me wrong, I've been an avid nintendo fan since I was 3. I mean no disrespect to the console.
The video/audio connections which I am remotely familiar with are composite, component, S-video, HDMI, and DVI. I only know a little about the analog vs digital connection. I have a 4:3 tv but it does support 480p ("enhanced def" tv I guess is the euphemism they use for it?). However, I also have a laptop that's coincidentally bigger than my tv (19 inches vs 15; the latter was an uexpected graduation gift).
I was wondering if it would still be worth getting component cables if the vast majority games being released are expected to natively be 16x9 widescreen. Will the picture be cropped out if I use the 4:3 non-hd tv to play 16x9 games? Or will it just look awkward as some games on my ps2 were (ala FF12), albeit with sharper looking graphics via the component cables?
The next question I have will be more difficult to answer. I have heard of a connection called VGA/SVGA which I will not even pretend to understand what they stand for. However, I believe I have heard of VGA connectors which allow for gaming through computer monitors (although I have also heard VGA is what is used to hook up an Xbox 360 to a tv to get 1080p running with it's lack of HDMI...is VGA synonomous with component cables?) . I was wondering if it would be possible via the inputs on my laptop to hook a wii up to it via adapters/etc. I don't know of any obvious inputs my laptop monitor has, however, as I only know it has S-video and DVI out ports. But even if it is theoretically possible, will the graphics look as good as they would on a TV (I have a 256 meg graphics card and am running at 1920x1200 -- WUXGA if I understand correctly) I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 if that helps.
Sorry about the long post and thanks in advance for the help. I am a newbie video/audiophile in the making ^_^. Any and all input is much appreciated.