108w ago - As a follow-up to the previous XBox 360 Slim Backup news, today the x360Key hard drive game loader is officially announced along with a video of an x360Key prototype running an AP25 protected game on XBox Dashboard version 2.0.12625.
To quote: Running a custom Linux system, x360key is capable of immaculately emulating the optical disk drive in Xbox 360, allowing you to play all your Xbox 360 (and Xbox 1) games from any USB media. It is compatible with all Xbox 360 models, both Fat and Slim, and offers advanced features such as emulation of the AP25 protection.
After more than a year in development We are proud to announce one of the most sophisticated backup loaders the world has ever seen. Backed by a team of hardware experts and some of the most renowned and respected members of the Xbox hacking community We have no doubt this will be an instant success!
We are now taking preorders and the first shipments to distributors are expected to be sent out in mid-July.
User friendly: intuitive interface, no soldering required
Compatible with all fat (and soon slim!) Xbox 360 models
Supports most Xbox 360 and Xbox 1 games
Supports most file systems, including NTFS, EXT2/3/4, and Mac OS X Extended
High speed USB2 interface
Stylish USB control pad for selecting games and controlling your x360key
Powerful embedded Linux system running from Micro SD card (included)
Linux firmware fully updatable from USB media
FPGA fully updatable from USB media via built-in, in-system JTAG programming
Recovery mode - it is always possible to recover from a bad flash
No drive flashing or JTAG hack required
AP25 protection emulation
In a Firmware Coming to You Soon:
Support for all slim Xbox 360 models
Web Control Panel*
Work in progress:
Loading games from NFS and Samba shares*
Xbox Live support
Backup original Xbox 360 games to USB hard drive
* Requires WiFi dongle (sold separately)
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But will it blend? Interesting news no doubt, I wonder how far the CFW scene on Xbox will take this new item ( and how long before someone releases a free diy version ) I would hope it will allow the 360 to use any size hard-drive ( without jtag ) and possibly explode the way this scene has.
lol it feels like the only reason its here is cuz 360 usb backup manager finally made it to 360 like ps3, but in relation it that we are at 3.60 and 360 is finally catching up with editing firmware with backup manager, now its a race it seems like to see which one becomes fully hacked with out soldering V.S.
This site shows MORE than just PS3news... its primary focus is on PS3 (and PSP)... i remember when this used to be PS2ownz.com or something like that and it was PS2 stuff... now it's PS3news.com, i've seen a number of Xbox and Nintendo and even iPhone news on here...
Well said DaedalusMinion and saviour07 and +Rep, and yep this is posted in our Console News section versus the PS3 News one.
We also posted on it is because with PSN down so has Sony's US and EU blog news updates... it's been a slow few days, so things like this for XBox 360 and the Wii next-gen news fill in the gaps nicely until Sony gets back in gear.