Originally Posted by Foxbat121
Your problem is a typical video range mismatch.
Consumer electronics defaults to limited range. That means your AVR and TV. Most TVs has a setting to switch between limited range or full range (PC) but most AVRs don't.
PC monitors are typically designed with only for PC use and defaults to full range. Most of them can't be configured into limited range.
You must make sure all the components in the video chain are configured to the same exact video range. Any mismatch will cause problems like the ones you encountered. And that is not possible to be clibrated away.
Xbox support YCbCr output, try to see if you can select that mode. YCbCr only has one mode: limited range. But most PC monitors don't support it.
So, for a typical usage: Xbox set to limited range, AVR and TV all defaults to limited range. You are good.
The problem arises if you use a PC monitor. In this case, you most likely be force to use full range on Xbox, AVR is an unknown factor (some AVR will clip full range single to limited range), in order to match PC monitor's full range.
If you output limited range video from Xbox to a full range monitor, you will see generally washed out color and black become dark grey.
If you output full range video from Xbox to a limited range TV, you will see both blacks and whites are clipped and dark details gone.
Originally Posted by Lonewolf7002
Blacks will become gray if you have the wrong video range, but I've never seen large hue shifts like that. He also says he's used both a TV and PC monitor. And if he has the wrong video range, it will always be wrong. In the video, it's sometimes wrong, sometime right. The video range won't toggle from right to wrong and back again.
I personally suspect a hardware issue with the xbox. If different monitors and cables have been tried, and the AVR bypassed, that only leaves the xbox. Feel free to try switching between Limited and Full range output, RBG and YCbCr, and also different resolutions just to be thorough, but if none of that helps then it's likely a hardware issue. I've been playing Outer Worlds and this game or any other doesn't do this on mine, so it sounds like it's your xbox.
Originally Posted by Foxbat121
Many TVs has something called dynamic contrast (maybe different names for different brands) and it is typically the default mode. That can play a huge role in this as well. The TV processor looks into the video information of current frame and adjust screen brightness on the fly. If it is a hardware issue on the Xbox, it doesn't behave this way. Typically you see large swarth of pixel blocks on screen, not the subtle black to grey change. Remember the Xbox side is all digital.
Thanks to everyone for replying:
So the AVR was bypassed all together and the TV, by trying the Xbox on 2 different PC Screens - to no avail
4 different types of hdmi cables - high speed and with Ethernet some - to no avail
Tried limited and full range - to no avail
Tried every resolution - to no avail
Tried with YCbCr on and off - to no avail
Tried every setting possible on the TV - to no avail
So as a conclusion based on what you have said and my results it could be a faulty Xbox, and I need to sort it out.
Many thanks to all for jumping in so quickly and in a detailed mode. I will update the thread once I have news.