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Xbox 360 modders claim CPU hack, make it party like an N64 (video)

The security system built into the 360's motherboard has more layers than an onion, which is why previous hacks have generally focused on the optical drive instead. But a couple of circuit breakers named Gligli and Tiros claim to have finally freed up the console's CPU, allowing all 360 variants to boot homebrew software while also making them invulnerable to patches sent out by Microsoft. The video after the break purports to show the fruits of their labor, including an N64 emulator running on a version of Linux. It doesn't really prove anything, except perhaps the lengths these guys have gone to: they use various hardware tools to slow down the console's CPU and then confuse it with so-called 'glitch' pulses in an effort to make it forget its normal boot-up checks. Certainly not a trick for the average F-Zero X racer, particularly when speed-boosting around copy protection like this may be shady in the eyes of the law. (One more thing: don't be put off by the video's soundtrack -- starts out weird but gets better, baby.

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-LUKE_SKYWALKER-2629d ago

So I can play Ocarina of Time on my 360?

zeal0us2629d ago

yes,if its compatible with the linux version N64 emulator(s)

Dante1122628d ago

But a couple of circuit breakers named Gligli and Tiros claim to have finally freed up the console's CPU, allowing all 360 variants to boot homebrew software *****while also making them invulnerable to patches sent out by Microsoft.*****"

"they use various hardware tools to slow down the console's CPU and then confuse it with so-called 'glitch' pulses in an effort to make it forget its normal boot-up checks. Certainly not a trick for the average F-Zero X racer, particularly when*****speed-boosting around copy protection**** like this may be shady in the eyes of the law."

Hope it's fake because if not doesn't this mean we'll see more mod hacks online? MS ready that banhammer.

arjman2628d ago

You have to admit these guys are geniuses in their own right, yes it might lead to hacks and such but the technical achievements are pretty impressive.

Biggest2628d ago

I'd be more impressed if they made their own shit. Destroying someone else's honest work is never commendable.

arjman2628d ago

Microsoft + Honest work is irony at it's finest

olLANDSHARKlo2628d ago

A american supporting a Japanese product is irony at it's finest.

vyke32628d ago (Edited 2628d ago )

@PHIBALNATION I would assume you don't have a TV then? How do you play video games without a TV?

Do you use the virtual Reality thing that Sony just came out with? Oh wait... That's Japanese too.

Eiffel2628d ago

@vyke3

Could always use an HD monitor for console and PC gaming.

vyke32628d ago

@Eiffel
which has a 90% chance of being published by a japanese company and a 100% chance of being made in China....In both cases you're not supporting the American economy in anyway by purchasing an electronic product.

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qwertyz2628d ago

360 should be able to emulate wii easily as they both use unified memory architecture, IBM cpu and ati gpu(so the 360 wouldn't have to emulate much at all because they are architecturally similar) the 360 is just a generation ahead of the wii in raw power.

Lazy_Sunday2628d ago (Edited 2628d ago )

Am I really the first to make that distinction?

lol, but anyway, this is sweet. Hopefully this gets big and everyone can try it on for size.