I’m guessing by now you have all read the news on the possibility of a ‘Spring Update‘ that will enhance our memory saving actions on the Xbox360 console to allow for USB Memory Sticks? Joystiq claim that this will happen since alleged sources provided them with Microsoft documentation and images that they copied and posted online. Will this become a reality - or are we about to call jokestiq on joystiq?
With the closure of Xbox LIVE for Xbox Originals on April 16th to make way for future planned developments to Xbox LIVE on the 360 - it certainly would come as no surprise that an update would be in store to bring gamers a much needed improvement to the service. This could bring many new features such as interactivity with the upcoming Windows Mobile 7, a huge increase to our friends list with the ability to create groups, but would Microsoft really be that stupid to allow any gamer to freely download Xbox LIVE Arcade games, Indie Games, Games on Demand and DLC content to a USB Memory Device? At the moment unless an official Microsoft source confirms this by official means, it seems doubtful.
Without naming the sources and software, modders have already found ways of manipulating game files that allow them to unlock any Xbox LIVE Arcade Trials into a full game. This is currently a simple exploit that rips off the developers and Microsoft - with the right know how it can be done in two simple steps!
There are also methods available that allow hackers to tamper with any game ISO files on a PC, write it to a DVD-R and install this tampered ISO to the console. Then the game can be played offline and online through Xbox LIVE by using the original disc to boot the ‘Play from Hard Drive’ option on the dashboard. This is potentially the most damaging of all since it allows the modification of points per kill, potential unlocks, armour, weapon fire rates and character health. With the introduction of saving files to a USB device, it could become possible that distribution of modified gaming files could be downloaded from the internet, modified and placed on the USB Memory Device where an original game disc could boot to play. This saves those without the in depth know how or knowledge the hassle of having to hack, and is made easier by just downloading what could be a freely available file online made possible by an experienced hacker!
If such a ‘Spring Update’ is in existence, it could potentially be a damaging aspect to the future of Xbox LIVE and destroy the happy gaming experiences of many - this could be reduced if the rumoured 16GB limit wasnt in place, or it could only be used for save files, avatar data and gamer profile information. No factual truth is yet known in what Joystiq are reporting, but it could be another possibility that USB Memory Options are being opened up for developers on Dev Kit Consoles.
We’ll keep you posted should Microsoft release any further information to validate a console update.
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