Xbox 360 Firmware Hackers Release New Version, Bypasses Ban Checks

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The latest shots in the Microsoft vs. Xbox 360 console hacker war have been fired, and this time it's Microsoft who took one in the chest. After banning a bunch of Xbox 360s with modded firmware DVD drives earlier this month, the company's ban checks have just been defeated by a new version of the DVD firmware.


Not a lot of details are listed in the release info, but the new version claims to defeat "all current and some future Xbox Live detection attempts", which means you'd be safe running this until the next dashboard update from Microsoft.

Info Page [Xbins via Xbox Scene via Xbox 360 Fanboy]

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This hack term, I don't think you know how to use it. Hacking hardware is to use it more effectively and creatively, and to open up features not readily apparent. Instead, we have cheaters that tamper with DRM and locks put into place to prevent cheats and loss of playability.

I truly admire the hackers that find neat and useful features. But I despise those that can't play fair, and believe they are doing a justice under the "hacking" flag.

May MS bannation you well. You ruined Halo 2 online play (and other games) and will likely (have) ruin Halo 3 (the beta play has been very delicious looking yet horrible at matchmaking, with unlevel teams and playfields, and players that do cheat with lagging and exploits).

Bungie is not getting my $60 (or more) or any additional money for "additional maps" until I know the cheaters are dealt with. Or I'll just play with friends.