Download Free Textbook’s Xbox 360 Firmware Tutorial.pdf The Xbox 360 DVD-ROM drive firmware hack is currently the only modification or hack available for the Xbox 360. The firmware hack allows you to play properly created backups of Xbox 360 games. The firmware hack does NOT allow homebrew programs to run and does NOT bypass region protection. If a video game is locked to a particular region, then it will only play on an Xbox 360 of that same region. Before jumping into this modification, it is a good idea to learn how this hack works. In the most basic form, an Xbox 360’s game protection comes from two security measures. First of which is encryption. Nearly all files on an Xbox 360 game disc as well as the Xbox 360 hard drive are signed with Microsoft’s private key. If anything, even just a single bit, is changed, the signature is broken and the Xbox 360 refuses to run the file. The second security measure is media locking. The default.xex (game executable) is restricted to run only from a certain type of media. For example, all Xbox 360 games are restricted to run only from “Xbox 360” media. Game demos downloaded from Xbox Live are restricted to run only from “Xbox 360 Hard Drive.” Xbox Live Arcade games aren’t restricted at all; they can run from any media. Before the firmware hacks, if you were to copy an Xbox 360 game and try running it from “DVD+R DL” it would obviously see that it wasn’t “Xbox 360” media and refuse to run it because of the media restriction. This media restriction is what the firmware hacks bypass. The firmware fakes out the Xbox 360 into thinking that any media is “Xbox 360” media. You copy your game to DVD+R DL, insert it into a firmware-hacked drive, and instead of returning “DVD+R DL” to the Xbox 360, the drive says it is an “Xbox 360” disc and it then plays the game. As you can see, the firmware hack does not bypass any signature protection whatsoever. That is why the Xbox 360 backups have to be 1:1 unedited backups of the Xbox 360 games. It is also the same reason why the firmware hacks do not have any effect on region locking. Some Xbox 360 games use region protection to restrict the playing of a game in a certain region. The firmware hack will not allow you to play games out of a region if they are regionlocked. If the original will play in your Xbox 360, the same backup will. If the original won’t, neither will the backup of it. The Xbox 360 firmware hack may be illegal under the Digitial Millenium Copyright Act (United States), the European Union Copyright Directive (Europe), or other copyright laws in your country. Downloading, installing, and using this firmware could potentially be illegal. You are doing so at your own risk. Copying or downloading games that you have not legally purchased or own is illegal in all countries. This violates not only laws in your own country, but international copyright laws as well. The purpose of the firmware hack is for making backup copies of games that you legally own. Software piracy is illegal, carries a huge penalty if convicted, is ethically wrong, and hurts the game companies. Support the game developers by purchasing the games you play. You wouldn’t work for free, would you? Using this firmware hack and running your backups on Xbox Live violates the Xbox Live Terms of Service agreement that you agreed to when you signed up for the online gaming service. Microsoft withholds the right to terminate the Xbox Live service from you for any reason, at any point, with no warning, and no refunds. With hacks on the original Xbox, the Xbox was banned permanently from Xbox Live with no refund. The same risk applies to the Xbox 360. Simply put, if you are worried about Xbox Live, do not install this firmware modification or purchase two Xbox 360 systems.