They took their sweet time after the first announcement on March 18th, but finally someone has bothered releasing a redistributable version of the firmware hack allowing you to boot backups on your Xbox 360, says Xbox-Scene. And before all warezkiddies rejoice, no it’s not the Holy Grail of hacking or anything, it’s just the ‘completion’ of the work done by TheSpecialist and Robinsod at the time which they refused to do themselves.
The hack floating around at the time was only capable of booting PGR3, but the modified firmware for Xbox 360s with a Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943 DVD-ROM drive will now allow you to boot any backup. The hack simply works by patching the firmware to ‘lie’ to the system about the media code used on the DVD, so it actually believes it is an original disc.
Willing to give it a try? As Robinsod already confirmed at the time, Xbox-Scene repeats Microsoft will be able to detect the hack:
Can Microsoft detect it via Xbox LIVE? They probably can … and when they start checking they will probably act like with the Xbox1, ban your Xbox 360 console serial from the LIVE servers … or maybe even more, who knows what they are planning. You’ve been warned!
So trying this hack out on your precious 360 will very, very probably turn it into a 3.8kg paperweight only capable of playing games offline that were released between 360 launch and May 2006. Or even worse, if you screw up on the complex flashing process, a 3.8kg bricked paperweight capable of nothing whatsoever. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.