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Video: XBox 360 Manufacturing Mode Found, 0x81DA07FF Error

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221w ago - Today sabrax from XBoxHacker.org (linked above) has shared a video demonstrating a way to trigger 'Manufacturing Mode' using a Memory Card on unmodified Microsoft XBox 360 consoles, followed by receiving an 0x81DA07FF error.

Shortly after, rupal has posted both the extracted XEX & INI file along with a raw dump for examination by other devs.

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To quote: "It is happening only when a (specific) memory card is inserted, on 2 different Xbox 360's, it is entering "Set Manufacturing Mode", and after some time is showing this error: 0x81DA07FF.

Here is video - for a split second there is a blink on 0:20 - 0:21.

This exact memory unit should be 100% genuine (other MU from the same batch is still working with the latest dashboard).

Tested offline, tried it also on a unbanned and banned console latest dashboard, same result, "MTE Screening Utility" and so on as in seen on the video."




 

Sony CEO States PS3 Manufacturing Costs Reduced By 70%

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266w ago - The CEO and executive VP has revealed that the manufacturing costs of the PS3 have dropped by a massive 70 percent.

The revelation came during an overseas investors following Sony's Q1 2009 financials.

To quote: During a conference call for overseas investors following Sony's Q1 09 financials, Nobuyuki Oneda Sony Corp's CEO and Executive Vice President has revealed that manufacturing costs of the PlayStation3 have dropped by 70%.

"The cost reduction since we introduced the PS3 is very substantial and this is on schedule," Oneda-san replied when asked about manufacturing costs.

"We don't disclose how much of the PS3, specifically the cost deduction was achieved during the past two years. But that is on schedule."
 

Rumor: Taiwanese Firms Get PS3 Slim Manufacturing Contracts

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270w ago - Rumor has it that two Taiwanese manufacturing companies have been awarded contracts to build Sony's new streamlined PS3, affectionately known as the PS3 Slim.

To quote: According to [Register or Login to view links], half of the orders have gone to Taiwanese group Foxconn, while the other half has gone to Pegatron.

The units are expected to start shipping in early July "to cope with expected summer vacation demands."

The news has a ring of truth to it, given that the two firms have manufactured the original PS3.

The timing also makes sense, as Japan actually buys most of its game consoles during the summer vacation period (as opposed to the winter holidays in the west).

Assuming the news is true, it would mesh well with the PS3 Slim rumors we've heard so far, most notably that Ars Technica expected the units to hit the market in August or September.
 

Sony to Cut Manufacturing Plants and 8,000 Electronics Jobs

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299w ago - Sony has announced plans to cut 8,000 electronics jobs - 5% of the division - as well as shutting 10% of its manufacturing sites.

The company said the jobs would be cut by April 2010 but did not say in which countries the staff would go. Sony said it had been trying to reduce production because of the downturn but warned it still had to do more.

The news came as Japan drastically raised its estimate of the amount its economy shrank from July to September. The Cabinet Office said the economy had shrunk at an annual rate of 1.8% in the quarter, down from its previous estimate of 0.4%.

Investment cut

Sony aims to generate cost savings of about 100bn yen ($1.1bn; £730m) by the end of the next financial year. It will cut its investment in electronic operations by 30% and shut down about 10% of its 57 production facilities.

"The number sounds big, but this staff reduction won't be enough," said Katsuhiko Mori, a fund manager at Daiwa SB Investments.

"Sony doesn't have any core businesses that generate stable profits - the next thing we want to see is what is going to be the business that will drive the company."
 
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