For those of you who frequent the informative blog of Xbox LIVE’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb, you will have no doubt heard that Microsoft is launching a new Xbox 360 disc beta for residents of the United States.

What you may not know however is exactly what the discs are for or what they’re going to be doing.

Whilst nothing was ‘officially’ exposed during the post by Hyrb, Xbox 360 scene hacker ‘commodore4eva’  aka ‘c4eva’ has access to the Xbox 360 SDK and has revealed exactly what the new discs will do, saying;

[2011-03-29 11:11PM UTC] #fw <c4eva-> MS will introduce xgd3 – this will add more ap checks, cvi (content integerity) checks, increase the disc size and adds a new layer for protection issues – all in the 20500 sdk! bring it on

Now when he says the disc size is being increased don’t think: “OH MAH GAWD BIGGER GAMES!” as it’s only increasing by a measly 1GB.

With c4eva and the Jungle Flasher team already in the final testing stages of their Xbox 360 Slim custom firmware, I can assure both you and Microsoft that this update will be futile and it wont be long before this is hacked, too.


  1. Your right, hacker love challenges, when is MS and Sony going to understand this. Until they both realize they need to be working with the hacking community and not against them piracy will never end.

    Hackers don’t making ten thousand copies of a game for profit, they just figure out how…;-]

    • Hackers don’t making ten thousand copies of a game for profit, they just figure out how…;-]

      Yeeeah! Just like the bomb makers of Al-Qaeda: They don’t detonate explosions that kill and maim hundreds of people… They just figure out how ;)

      Obviously software Piracy has considerably less impact on lives – but you can’t reasonably separate those who hack and crack, from those who sell and distribute ‘liberated code’, completely…

      What would working WITH hackers entail?

      • To answer your question, it all depends on the circumstances and whether or not the hacker wants to work with anyone or not.

        How about this example:
        What if Sony had call Geohot and said “Hey, we are aware that you broke our PS3’s encryption, and we would like you to tell us how you did it? And would you be willing to help us in making the console more secure.”

        Now he could of said no(something we’ll never know). But I bet if Sony offered him even half of what they are going to pay in legal fees to sue him, he would have said yes.

        And just recently Christofer Sundberg of Avalanche Studios (Just Cause Developer)has said that about fifty percent of people he works with are from a hacker back ground.

        I found it’s easier to work with people than to stomp on them..;-]

  2. Yeah… i stopped reading after you tried to compare changing some code on a game computer to flying a plane into a large public building. What is this a new kind of godwin? You have to scream Hitler with a total disrespect to those who died, all the horror and history that surrounds it, just to make a simple argument? No wonder no one takes you guys serious.

    • Mark: Try reading my comment more accurately. You’ll find you are mistaken – no such comparison made, or even alluded to. r.e.a.d.

      Bryan – good points – but not ALL hackers will get jobs. What of the ones who are not employed? I wonder how a former hacker, who is paid by – to use your example – Avalanche would feel when his work is pirated? Not hacked or modded, but pirated. Copies freely distributed. Is it fair to use people’s work and not contribute towards them / their company?

      As for Sony, I would suggest decent PR is what that company needs! And perhaps a change in strategy… but we’ve all known that since rootkit, or even before.