Xbox 360 Update Patches Exploits, Kills Linux and Pirated Games

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Microsoft's finally patching the wicked s'ploits on the Xbox 360, which have been around since November and demoed in December, with a somewhat mandatory patch. They're pushing the update as an update instead of a security fix, and is "pulling a Sony" and including the update in all games that are published after February 20. Sounds just like the PSP to us.

What does this mean? Well, unless you're one of the handful of people who are using the 360 to run Linux or to run burned games, you'll be fine. For the rest, you'll probably need to get a new Xbox 360 to play newer games or else run the risk of not being able to play any of your old pirated games.

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Hold up. This is old news in Internet time, and Gizmodo got it terribly wrong. This in no way prevents people from running games, as it has nothing to do with the DVD firmware exploit. It does have to do with preventing people from running unsigned code on their 360s through the Hypervisor Exploit, something that people have been experimenting with over the past couple weeks. Right now there's not much more than early versions of MAME360 and ScummVM in development, but it shouldn't be long before we see more.

However, at the moment it looks as if people who have updated their console won't be able to run custom code until another exploit is discovered, as the new firmware doesn't support either the exploit or downgrading (as MS likely blew an eFuse in the CPU after the latest patch to prevent as much).

In conclusion, Microsoft's fix of this was kind of a disappointment to the hacker community—this kind of exploit would have allowed people to create applications such as the original Xbox's XBMC for the 360. It has little to do with pirating, as pirated games have been, and still are, a DVD firmware patch away. In the end, though, this is still an important step toward completely opening up the 360. As soon as 360 homebrew is accessible, the console will become way more interesting to hackers and techies alike.