Microsoft Fighting Back Against Xbox 360 Firmware Hacks

According to reports from the Xbox-Scene forums, Microsoft has started shipping Xbox 360 consoles in the UK and Australia regions with an updated Hitachi DVD-ROM drive. The new version of the drive has implemented changes to the hardware designed to make hacking the firmware much harder than before, including changing the firmware chip type, removing debug mode, and encasing the chip with black hard glue to make it harder to access the chip and controller pins.

Phil Harrison6361d ago

They're still using the glue method!

Deceased6361d ago

That is a cheap way of doing it, i would have done so myself. They will find some glue that will screw modders up. Why can't they just play the 360 the way it was meant to be played.

richie007bond6361d ago

hackers spoil it for everyone,devs need to make thier money from the games they make otherwise there wont be any video games market

Spunkmeyer436360d ago

If the prices where fairer then hacking would be no where near the problem it is but they don't have the foresight!!!!

Devilpup6360d ago

We pay up to 119$AUD (89.3USD) for games in Australia. When you buy five games you can nearly buy a whole new Xbox 360. Some are selling for $580 Premium.

I am buying all original this time, but its costing a fortune and im unable to buy the games I want. Also i have to trade in games and not keep them. It really sucks!

Ravenator5296360d ago


Just play the damn machines! I wonder how many 360's some of these assholes went through before they were able to hack into one?

The Snake6360d ago (Edited 6360d ago )

If you want to drive a top of the line car, you pay more for insurance. Same with being on the cutting edge of the video game industry.
If you're going to be a next gen gamer, you're going to have to accept the fact that you'll be paying next gen prices for your games. Developers, and to a lesser extent publishers, do in fact need money to make games and they need to turn some kind of profit to motivate them to make more.
If you want cheap games, wait until they're a year and a half old. Either that or buy a PS2 or Xbox. Otherwise, you're just gonna have to pony up the cash just like the rest of us.
I don't want to sound like a jerk, but if you don't have the money to be a next gen gamer, you shouldn't be one.

Devilpup6359d ago

I understand your point, what im saying though is us Australians are paying nearly double of what Americans are paying for, for the same game. I doubt the money is going to the makers, more so a huge markup from the stores or something?

It would be better if we could buy directly from the publisher or maker in the first place, that way more profit would go to them instead of shops, perhaps in turn lowering the prices a little as well.


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thorstein1d ago

PoE: Deadfire, Unless you have a or PS5 or an SSD don't bother, loading times are insane. A minute and a half to go into a room to investigate a desk in an inn and then an additional 1 1/2 minutes to leave the room and then load to leave the inn???

And they never fixed it.


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Inverno1d 13h ago

Well that's how it should be, but too many now buy sequels rather than starting at the beginning. That's why more sequels now have no mention of the previous game.

SDuck1d 12h ago

I already used to do that back in the day. Bought both God of War 2 and FFXIII-2 without knowing anything about their prequels

jeromeface20h ago

typically if theres a 2 or a -2... there's source material...

jeromeface1d 12h ago

Too many people need to be told this anymore... it really blows my mind.

GoodGuy091d 12h ago

Square didn't name it Remake 2 to maximize sales anyways lol

jznrpg1d 11h ago

Yes play the first game it’s really good

SegaSaturn6691d 11h ago

The first game was so bad i couldn't finish it. Endless fetching, nonsense additions, etc. Cool visualization of Midgar, but it's all filler.

Snookies121d 10h ago

"Endless fetching" - Don't do the side quests then, they do kind of suck.
"nonsense additions" - Most of the additions are actually very welcome to some parts that NEEDED fleshing out.
"it's all filler" - That isn't even the least bit true...

There were some lacking moments in Remake, and some odd choices at times I'll give you that. Trying to say the game was "bad" though is very far off the mark. It's a fantastic game.

RonnySins1d 8h ago

Bad my a**. As for the fetching quests, don't do them. Simple.

NukeDaHippies1d 7h ago

absolutely true. i coulda still accepted the less desirable stuff if the story didn't shit the bed in the last hour

Dompoesmod19h ago

Just finished my second playthrough of ff7 remake. One of the best games I've ever played. A bit slow at times, but it's exceptional.

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Rebel_Scum1d 10h ago

Yeah hard disagree on this. If you skip remake you wont miss out on anything. The story truly kicks off when you leave Midgar.

Snookies121d 10h ago

The heck do you mean? You will miss out on EVERYTHING if you skipped Remake, lol. Who the hell goes into a story driven series without playing the first part of it? There's absolutely no point in jumping on mid-way through something like that. You'd have no context for any characters or their relationships, nor their goals or plot of the series as a whole.

Rebel_Scum1d 7h ago

Just watch the story catch up video in Rebirth. Remake just wasnt a good game.

To anyone new to FFVII I’d suggest the play the original then rebirth.

Dompoesmod19h ago

Remake was an excellent game. Got me through lockdown as well so I have fond memories. Just finished my second playthrough before digesting rebirth. Ff7 remake must be played first .

jeromeface20h ago

hard disagree, midgar sets the plate for the rest of the the story

Rebel_Scum18h ago

Nothing that the “story so far” video in Rebirth can’t fix.