1. FAST6191

    OP FAST6191 Techromancer

    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Introduction</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Welcome back to the 360 releases posts, most of the big 360 releases have been covered by Thug4L1f3 or myself in one off posts but a roundup was needed so here it is. Homebrew, xbox live arcade and DLC also saw some stuff happen.

    For those just joining us GBAtemp is presently a Nintendo based site so the main focus of the portal and staff is towards Nintendo systems however we have more than a few members who like other consoles and those other consoles can be hacked in various ways. These threads aim to be quick summaries of the state of the 360, when they need to be they are daily (and those threads updated if necessary) but often nothing happens so some time can go between threads (the old threads are at the bottom of each new thread if you want to catch up or just see how things played out).
    Realistically we can cover anything to do with the 360 but usually the focus is on the modding side of things, this includes

    360 disc iso releases- this is the mainstay of the posts and the thing that gets them moving in the first place (if nothing happens here the other stuff will either be kicked to an individual thread or left for the next post). Any nuke information (see the last few sections of the thread for more on that) will also be included in the posts and likewise any confirmed games added to the 360 game verification tool ABGX360.
    As we are an English speaking site we cover big releases (a short writeup/mini review if possible, release name, region locking information and NFO) in the main section while the smaller releases (those without English in and region dupes that do not add anything from the perspective of an English speaker- new content or new region compatibility) are usually covered with a link to the NFO a line on it if necessary although we will cover a big Japanese release on the rare occasions one happens (the 360 is not big in Japan so early Japanese releases and Japanese exclusives do not happen all that often).

    The xbox live arcade (XBLA) releases- a new thing that appeared with the homebrew hacks from last year is the ability to run xbox live arcade games without needing to go through MS to get them. Also included in this is the downloadable content, with many developers looking towards these to add sometimes many hours to the games they are well worth checking out.

    homebrew news- emulators, media players, hack updates, rebooter app updates and other things like it.

    modding news- will usually sit with homebrew news and indeed to try and separate them is near impossible, this includes things like new repair kits, controller mods, mod chips, microsoft responses to such developments (banning consoles from live happens and the hacker response) and most importantly hacked DVD drive firmware updates.

    Homebrew can come from anywhere but with the iso releases and especially the XBLA releases our focus is on the "scene"- anything that ultimately originates from a p2p network will be mentioned in passing if it is a hotly anticipated release (indeed several releases in the last half of last year were first seen on p2p networks) but as anyone who has followed the 360 scene will be able to tell you the p2p 360 side of things frequently do not have a clue.

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Nukes and related news as well as less notable releases.</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Two new nukes since last time (ABGX lists 245).
    Nuked for "m0.compression_get.repack" which means little to the end user (just a bigger file to download), repack in the form of <b>Dynasty_Warriors_Strikeforce_REPACK_NTSC_XBOX360-HIGHRISE</b>

    Over in DLC world:
    "not.working_console.indicates.dlc.is.corrupted", repack in the form of <b>Borderlands.Zombie.Island.of.Dr.Ned.PROPER.REPACK.DLC.XBOX360-FYK</b>

    <u><b>Less notable releases</b></u>
    A few since last post, mainly Japanese region dupes of games from last year.

    Region locked Japan only (the other releases were region free) the NFO is not especially helpful but I guess this release features Japanese language. In other borderlands news a disc release of the first two DLC addons for it should be appearing within the next few days.
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2843" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Eat_Lead_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b> and <b>Eat_Lead_RARFiX_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>
    Japanese release of Eat Lead Return Of Matt Hazard and the a rar fix for it. The previous release was region free and made about this time last year.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2697" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link (game)</a>

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2787" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link (rar fix)</a>

    <b>XBLA games and DLC content</b>

    FYK and a couple of other groups continued their flood of XBLA and DLC content, naturally you need a homebrew capable 360 to run all this.
    Due to the flood NFOs will not be linked up <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36</a> (better yet <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36&ord=1" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36&ord=1</a> ) has them all though if you fancy searching.


    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2840" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2841" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2844" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    [title:DLC flood]
    Assassins.Creed.II.Sequence.13.Bonfire.of.the.Vanities.DLC.XBOX36 0-FYK
    Dantes.Inferno.Isaac.Clarke.Dead.Space.Rig.Costume.DLC.XBOX360-FY K
    Lips-Various_Artists-Lips_Party_Classics_Song_Medley-DLC_XBOX360- XBLAplus
    Need.For.Speed.Undercover.Challenge.Series.Expansion.DLC.XBOX360- FYK


    Homebrew continues to get better and we also saw a shift back to homebrew proper with some game ports and emulator releases.

    <b>Genesis Plus 360 v0.18 Beta</b>

    Xbox scene thread- <a href="http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=707222" target="_blank">http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=707222</a>

    A few bugfixes and the big news of the release is 6 button support

    <b>X360_Cfg_Editor v1.0</b>
    Region changing has been possible for a while now but this app makes it damn near trivial if you have a homebrew capable console. Granted the rebooters allow for region free but this could be useful too.

    <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.org/index.php?topic=14399.msg103457" target="_blank">http://www.xboxhacker.org/index.php?topic=14399.msg103457</a>

    <b>Yaris-Swap v0.7c</b>
    <a href="http://www.hb-released.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=322&p=476#p476" target="_blank">http://www.hb-released.com/forum/viewtopic...&p=476#p476</a>

    Yaris-Swap was the original XBLA unlocking app although it has since gained an FTP client geared towards such purposes. XM360 can do it on the 360 itself and most games you can find online will already be unlocked (indeed they get nuked for not being unlocked) but again it is all about having a choice.

    <b>ISO2GOD v1.1.3</b>
    It actually saw a few versions although they were mainly bugfixes and improvements (including a fair few speed improvements), for those just joining this the app itself converts regular isos to "games on demand" style games for use without a disc. NXE2GOD is the sister program of sorts that works on games installed to the hard drive via the NXE install to hard drive method to create a games on demand game, during the same time it also saw an update to NXE2GOD.
    ISO2GOD, NXE2GOD and XM360 news is all available here: <a href="http://www.digitalreality.co.nz/xbox360/" target="_blank">http://www.digitalreality.co.nz/xbox360/</a>

    <b>libSDL360x v0.01</b>
    Thanks to xbox scene for catching this one, <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.org/index.php?topic=14363.0" target="_blank">http://www.xboxhacker.org/index.php?topic=14363.0</a> is the main thread and while it is probably of little immediate interest to most end users of homebrew this port should allow SDL based applications (this includes many games, emulators and other nice to have applications) to be more easily ported to the 360 which is a good thing.

    <b>360 Evolution RC1</b>
    <a href="http://blueshadowz.info/apps/360evolution/" target="_blank">http://blueshadowz.info/apps/360evolution/</a>
    It looks like this is set to be the ndstool, umdgen, gcmtool, wii scrubber (repeat as required for your system of choice) of the 360 world. It says it requires an xsata/XPort hardware but you could probably work around that if you pull the drive apart (not sure if mapping FTP to drives would work but that is also an option).
    The blurb:
    "A revolutionary Xbox 360 editor which allows the end user to Display and Modify information contained within Xbox 360 Container (CON, LIVE, PIRS) files, Save Game files (Halo 3, Modern Warfare 2, etc.)."

    Finally we have port of Jazz Jackrabit in the form of <b>OpenJazz 360</b>
    <a href="http://xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1793.nfo" target="_blank">http://xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1793.nfo</a>
    The turning of an acid trip into a platform game is not a new phenomenon at all and here is one of the notable releases of said genre.

    <u><b>Game updates</b></u>
    With the live bans it seems a big need for game updates "offline" appeared and many sites/groups rose to the challenge. This means we have a new section in the 360 releases posts for them. Demos are not really going to be covered.

    Sadly there is not mandatory changelog for live updates but sometimes developers/publishers release them and some can be inferred from their PS3 and PC counterparts (although that is a decidedly more unreliable strategy). Updates are inclusive/cumulative so no need to download #1 and then #2 and then #3- you can just download a single file.
    Note however that system link users (available to banned and still crippled users too and indeed some work has been done on system link over VPN and similar) often need the same version and downloadable content tends to require the latest version as well.

    If you are sorting the hardware for this you can use any 360 drive, a modified WD hard drive (check with a more complete guide for version numbers)- at present you can have 20, 60, 120 or 250 gigabytes or if you have homebrew the rebooter apps disable hard drive checks so any drive works.
    The main tool of choice for drive related matters is xplorer360:
    <a href="http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox360-tools/Xplorer360.php" target="_blank">http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox360-tools/Xplorer360.php</a>

    Several things happened here including
    Scene bundles of patches (not "up to date" but still useful:
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1984" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1984</a>
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1981" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1981</a>
    Web based frontends (what this section will be covering):
    <a href="http://xboxupdates.24.tl/" target="_blank">http://xboxupdates.24.tl/</a>

    <a href="http://xboxupdates.24.tl/" target="_blank">http://xboxupdates.24.tl/</a> added (TU=title update):

    FIFA 10 #TU 3 (PAL NTSC/J)
    Borderlands #TU 3 (Region Free)
    Call of Duty World at War #TU 6 (PAL
    Fusion #TU v19 5829 (Region Free)
    Zune Preview #TU 5 (Region Free)
    Sacred 2 #TU 2 (PAL)
    Need for Speed Shift #TU 2 (PAL)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 #TU 3 (PAL)
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 ES #TU 3 (PAL)
    BIOHAZARD 5 Resident Evil 5 #TU 4 (Region Free)
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 #TU 3 (PAL)
    <b>Additions to ABGX360</b><u></u>
    We suggest you use the link below and the abgx360 tool as the site does not use scene naming meaning it can be quite hard to tell entries apart, this is just for reference really (RF= region free)
    ABGX360 ( <a href="http://abgx360.net/verified.php" target="_blank">Web frontend to verified database</a> ) added:

    Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (PAL)
    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie (RF)
    Dead Rising (NTSC/J (Excludes China)/NTSC/U)
    Aliens vs. Predator (RF)

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Releases</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Release dates can be found here: <a href="http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/" target="_blank">http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/</a> although the dates on gamefaqs seem to be slightly "off" and as usual are subject to change at the last moment.

    Happily I was wrong last time and we did see a few releases including a few releases some days ahead of time.

    As an aside if possible the NFOs are being sent as unicode/some encoding that will not lose the format if possible which means we may not lose the ASCII art any more (I am far too lazy to make up picture NFOs not to mention I like text), for old ones perhaps <a href="http://shailendra88.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-view-nfo-files-in-firefox.html" target="_blank">http://shailendra88.blogspot.com/2009/02/h...in-firefox.html</a> is of some use.

    For the new members the general layout of each game here is
    Scene release name (in bold)
    Region locking information (rebooter apps can dodge region protection but they are far from available to all so such things are staying)
    In previous posts wave information (if known) which is not necessary now everything can run every known game and as such will not be appearing any more.
    A short writeup of the game (who made developed/published it, past history of the franchise, if I or one of mine has played it then a quick review). We invite others to comment on games and they frequently do so read their replies as there are many games/genres/franchises and so on I do not care for.
    NFO in spoilers and codebox.

    In order of most recent to pre:

    Region locked US only.

    Mixed opinions of this one thus far in the gbatemp thread <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=210287" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=210287</a> that Thug4L1f3 posted. It seems modern warfare 2 from last year is going to be the game of choice to <strike>clone</strike> pay homage to. For many it is all about the multiplayer but this time around appears to feature a single player campaign too.

    <!--c1--><div class='codetop'>CODE</div><div class='codemain'><!--ec1-->Battlefield Bad Company 2 NTSC XBOX360 CCCLX

    Get ready for the most spectacular FPS multiplayer experience ever! Battlefield Bad Company 2Ö brings the spectacular Battlefield gameplay to the forefront of next-gen consoles and PC - featuring best-in-class vehicular combat set across 8 huge sandbox maps each with a different tactical focus. New vehicles like the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and the UH-60 transport helicopter allow for all-new multiplayer tactics in the warzone, extensive tuning ensures that this will be the most satisfying vehicle combat experience to date.


    Region locked US only (PAL only in release in <b>Dynasty_Warriors_Strikeforce_PAL_XBOX360-iCON</b>, Korean release in <b>Shin_Sangoku_Musou_Multi_Raid_Special_KOR_XBOX360-CLARE</b> and Japan release in <b>Shin_Sangoku_Musou_Multi_Raid_Special_JAP_XBOX360-KFC</b>)

    The first release from new group HIGHRISE. Their first pack of this game <b>Dynasty_Warriors_Strikeforce_NTSC_XBOX360-HIGHRISE</b> was nuked for m0 compression (no compression) but that will not trouble the resulting game.
    A review, it looks like it suffered a bit in the transition to online but the game at the core is the same as the ones before it <a href="http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox360/dynasty-warriors-strikeforce" target="_blank">http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox3...ors-strikeforce</a>

    <!--c1--><div class='codetop'>CODE</div><div class='codemain'><!--ec1-->Release: Dynasty_Warriors_Strikeforce_NTSC_XBOX360-HIGHRISE
    Region: NTSC Only
    Size: 7.3GB
    Date: 2010-02-23<!--c2--></div><!--ec2-->

    <!--c1--><div class='codetop'>CODE</div><div class='codemain'><!--ec1-->Release: Dynasty_Warriors_Strikeforce_REPACK_NTSC_XBOX360-HIGHRISE

    Region: NTSC Only

    Date: 2010-02-23

    Made a mistake.... //me makes note to do properly in future

    We have more to come, look out for us

    /team HIGHRISE<!--c2--></div><!--ec2-->

    Region free.

    Thug4L1f3 posted word of the release here <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=210150" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=210150</a> . Word is it is not all that bad and I guess if you were on the lookout for a "younger family members" type game you could do worse, how well it will hold up as a drunken party game remains to be seen.

    The NFO seemed to have that double space problem we saw the other day but I sorted it.
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    Region locked PAL and Japan only. No word of a US release.

    A sequel to a driving game of the simulation variety that hit in late June last year and made a reasonable impression when it did, since then we have seen heavyweights Forza and Need for Speed among others release new games in their respective franchises. I guess we get to see whether it was the summer games drought or the game itself with the sequel.

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    Lips- it is a karaoke game. Tracklist stolen from wikipedia in the spoiler section so I will leave you to pass judgement on such a thing

    Rehab - Amy Winehouse
    I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
    True Faith - New Order
    Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
    Laid - James
    Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
    Word Up - Cameo
    What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
    Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS
    Red Red Wine - UB40
    I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
    She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
    To Be With You - Mr. Big
    Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
    Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
    When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
    Is This Love - Whitesnake
    You're Beautiful - James Blunt
    Y.M.C.A. - Village People
    I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
    Wannabe - The Spice Girls
    Shiny Happy People - R.E.M
    Live is Life - Opus
    I Touch Myself - Divinyls
    Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
    Love Shack - The B-52's
    Doctor Jones - Aqua
    Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
    These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
    Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
    Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    My Sharona - The Knack
    American Pie - Don McLean
    It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
    I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
    Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
    Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge
    Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

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    I posted about this <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=209772" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=209772</a> . The game itself is a silent hill clone of sorts although the game can not even get a good IGN review which is remarkably telling. To that end you are probably better off tracking down a copy of Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on the gamecube if you like this sort of thing or waiting a few months and seeing how "I Am Alive" turns out.

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    ÂÂGame Name: Deadly Premonition

    ÂÂPublisher: Ignition Entertainment

    ÂÂDeveloper: Ignition Entertainment

    ÂÂÂÂÂÂGenre: Action, Horror

    Street Date: 2010-02-22

    ÂÂRls. Date: 2010-02-20

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    Deadly Premonition, developed by Access Games, is a third-person survival

    horror action game which puts you in the role of FBI Agent Francis York Morgan.

    In the process of investigating a murder, you will examine a series of interlocking

    mysteries in a remote rural town and will encounter an array of complex characters

    pivotal to the unraveling of the storylineÆs mystery. Suspenseful action sequences

    will force you to make strategic moves, gliding by enemies in the shadows or

    engaging them with long-range weapons or hand-to-hand melee combat. Amidst a backdrop

    of soaring mountains and a town filled with eccentric natives, Agent Morgan must solve

    the mystery of the æRed Seed MurdersÆ and stay alive in a place where supernatural

    creatures and a folklore killer seek to end his investigation permanently. From the

    unparalleled atmosphere, music and mysterious storyline to driving vehicles and

    exploring the entire town, Deadly Premonition will offer you a unique and haunting

    interactive gaming experience unlike any other.on the island 25 years ago.

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    This section aims to serve as quick intro to things that are often assumed elsewhere in these threads, it is never going to be a definitive guide so do not consider it as such.

    First the current WIP GBAtemp 360 FAQ (not the same one that is stickied), it should cover most questions you might have on the 360 although it too is looking a bit out of date right now:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=157263" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=157263</a>
    For drive hacking related questions the jungleflasher tutorial is probably the most up to date guide:
    <a href="http://jungleflasher.net/downloads.html" target="_blank">http://jungleflasher.net/downloads.html</a>

    <a href="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/XBOX360.Release.Standards.2007.v1.340.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/XBOX360.Release.Standards.2007.v1.340.png.tn.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /></a>
    Click on the image and it will load up the full picture.
    Some sections of the scene also use the general console release standards as well as the 360 ones. Realistically it is only the problems with the isos that you need to be worried about and even then some can be fixed (simple things like no/bad .dvd file) but we will leave it up to you to determine what you consider acceptable.

    [title:On bans, homebrew and general knowledge]
    As many of you know modding your xbox can lead to a ban from xbox live (more or less the only recourse Microsoft have), we do not know the exact methods used to detect modding but it is a fair guess that it is related to the games not appearing as originals for various reasons although the last few months have seen this opinion shift to MS being able to detect the hacked firmware by some method- nothing is safe right now and there are no "workarounds" other than having a "live only" 360.
    While playing games prior to street dates has been considered and indeed as of mid October 2009 MS have been seen to be targeting those who have as yet "unreleased" games on their profiles it is still somewhat up in the air as to whether it causes permanent bans.
    This time around the bans have taken some functionality from the console in addition to live. Similarly those using the homebrew rebooter apps have also been hit with bans but if you are using homebrew the following does not really apply.

    Several things can be done:
    1) restore an old NAND backup from before the ban (but not so early as to be before efuses were blown). Requires you have a pre ban backup.
    2) ground the write protect switch of the NAND (people usually stick a switch in too as writing is useful on occasion). Requires you do to it before you get banned.
    3) Due to the way things work there are older secdata.bin files buried within the NAND. As they are already signed you can swap them around at will and some of these backups will be from when you could still use the hard drive installs and sign profiles for other machines. There have been reports of some 360s not having the required data but it is rare.

    Knowledge of all three is useful but in the case of 1 and 3 you will need the ability to backup the NAND. You can do this as part of homebrew although it should be noted that the hardware side of the JTAG hack (the part with diodes) is not necessary or even advised you do if you are only playing with previously signed data and your NAND (indeed if you have been banned in this latest wave your homebrew options are non existent) .
    More here:
    <a href="http://www.free60.org/Reading_out_NAND" target="_blank">http://www.free60.org/Reading_out_NAND</a>
    There is a USB version available but it is quite expensive to pull off, search xbox hacker forums for it.

    The initial hack required you to manually search the dump but there are now automated tools that can pull the relevant data and pretty much do everything but flash it back for you.
    <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=12759.msg87614#msg87614" target="_blank">http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=...g87614#msg87614</a>

    On the other hand prerelease games (especially those from p2p groups) can sometimes be bad dumps, dumps from non retail sources, bad packing of dumps like any other dump but without a retail copy it is markedly difficult to verify a release beyond the basics. The tool AGBX360 is used to verify isos, directories and games burned to disc and can fix isos and directories if necessary but requires this data (a basic check using the data the game holds is still possible though).
    Those who do not care about being banned from live or are willing to risk it then not much need to worry unless otherwise mentioned (as an example the first leaks of Halo 3 ODST were bad which meant while they would run a good chunk of gameplay was missing).

    Little bits of 360 release history will be covered from time to time but if you want to delve into the substantial back catalogue of games for the 360 then
    <a href="http://www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=6" target="_blank">http://www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=6</a> has release names and a great deal of info.
    Another site that is also very useful is (they are frequently a source of the NFOs posted with these releases)
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com</a>
    Other sites with useful tools and info are
    <a href="http://abgx360.net/" target="_blank">http://abgx360.net/</a> (the homepage for a tool to verify and fix games, once a game is added to their database a more thorough check can be performed).
    <a href="http://www.xbins.org/" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/</a> the web frontend to an FTP site dedicated to homebrew for the original xbox and 360, easyxbins is a nice tool to access the FTP site ( <a href="http://www.360mods.net/index.php?name=Downloads&file=details&id=29" target="_blank">http://www.360mods.net/index.php?name=Down...tails&id=29</a> )
    We will leave info on how to flash xboxes for games and/or homebrew to other threads as it occasionally moves fast and is better left to them.

    The 360 supports region locking leaving it to developers and publishers to choose what is done (other than German releases what will be done is very unpredictable).
    Those without a homebrew enabled 360 (those with one can change the region or more commonly use a rebooter app to disable checking) will find region locking is not able to be bypassed on the 360.
    There is no great worry unless you are sporting a Japanese 360 (English language games are often region locked out and Japanese xbox games can take months to appear) as game releases usually fall very close together region wise these days. Close together means usually within a week and this still usually means before street dates in respective countries.

    It has not come up here but it has in other places (including some rather interesting nuke wars on the scene); region free is region free and it does not matter what territory the game that was ripped comes from so if there is a region free NTSC sourced release and you are in a PAL country do not wait on a PAL release unless you are waiting for a given language as it will not happen (and if it does scene rules tend to mean the release is nuked), similarly we are going to shift to just stating the regions a game is locked to rather than sources to try and eliminate some confusion unless it is unknown at the time of posting.
    There are four regions as far as the 360 is concerned being Japan (NTSC-J), USA (NTSC-U), Europe (PAL) and China (NTSC-C), Australia counts as PAL and anyone anywhere else in the world will probably have an imported 360 so I will leave that to the owners to figure out. China and Japan usually overlap along with the rest of Asia but not always (there are not all that many Chinese releases anyhow).
    It is incredibly rare but occasionally releases can vary by region, it is mainly a licensing (think music games) or data thing (big games may forgo a language) or even have multiple languages per "area" (Canadian area releases may have French and English while US releases may have Spanish and English).

    As mentioned there is now a homebrew method that works on newer model consoles (previous ones would only work on consoles without HDMI) provided you have not done the August 11th 2009 update or any subsequent ones or your 360 was not made after mid June 2009 (we still do not have definitive cutoff dates so if it is a choice between May and June go with May). Many versions of Xell (the homebrew loader) have now been compiled so most 360 models are now hackable. If you have updated you are out of luck as a fuse will have been blown.

    There are two main options:
    1) Flashing a different region code- unless you have a dual nand chip (one region on each) this is a fairly long winded process but it does work.
    If you can ignore the text speak xbox scene has a guide (we suggest you use it as a rough guide to understand what is going on):
    <a href="http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=693753" target="_blank">http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=693753</a>
    Also <a href="http://x360.gx-mod.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2355" target="_blank">http://x360.gx-mod.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2355</a>

    If you should manage to have your motherboard/cpu key and provided you do not downgrade then you should even be able to do it on a post august the 11th xbox, this is probably a very small subset of people but if you were hanging on with the intention of doing this sort of thing you might be in luck.
    Chip development (NAND chips this is) and replacement via XD card is also progressing once again.

    2) A "rebooter" app- The general idea is to (soft) reboot into a custom kernel/similar which handily ignores things like region checking.
    In late November/early December 2009 some tools appeared and they were quite developed at that.
    They are called xbreboot and freeboot, development is happening quickly so please consult <a href="http://www.xbins.org/" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/</a> xbox-scene or the forums here for more up to date news. At present they can be considered fully functional.

    A handful of 360 homebrew sites and guides exist (our own forums are also filled with knowledgeable people too) so for the curious
    <a href="http://www.free60.org/wiki/Main_Page" target="_blank">Free60 (the base of the current homebrew work)</a>
    <a href="http://www.eurasia.nu/wiki/index.php?pagename=Free60JtagHack" target="_blank">Euraisa writeup of the new hack and how it works</a>
    <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.net" target="_blank">Xboxhacker.net (forums frequented by the Free60 crew and many others)</a>
    Any discussion on those sites will be of a highly technical nature and a similar level of knowledge/ability is expected of you if you decide to join in.

    A short note on wave 4 and beyond,
    Wave 4 (and waves 5 and 6) which has workarounds available is upon us, see wave 4 thread for more: <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185528" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185528</a>

    What wave a 360 release is presently does not matter as every known drive has a hacked firmware that supports all present waves and future development appears as though it will ignore such things. We still do not suggest you wave patch isos though.

    Banning thread thread here:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188345&st=0&start=0" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188...t=0&start=0</a>
    Some people have taken to trying to see if they have been banned by starting a recall order, if it fails a ban is probably to come shortly after.
    Good news is that if you restore a NAND dump from before the ban your hard drive abilities will return for the most part and everyone should now have the ability to do such a thing (you can backup NAND regardless of kernel but be careful if you update and try to restore an old backup as fuses might have been blown and the 360 will fail to boot), MS have also left old copies of data in the NAND so you can dump the NAND and restore an older secdata.bin.
    It might have been mentioned in passing but there is also a relatively simple hardware tweak you can do but be prepared to reverse it in months to come.
    <a href="http://www.eurasia.nu/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2483&mode=&order=0&thold=0" target="_blank">http://www.eurasia.nu/modules.php?name=New...r=0&thold=0</a>

    <b>Previous 360 release threads</b>
    The follow links are to the older release threads, if there is some time between threads anything that happened between threads will be covered.

    Last 3 threads

    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=209302" target="_blank">17th February 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=207527" target="_blank">6th February 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=206823" target="_blank">1st February 2010</a>

    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=205964" target="_blank">27th January 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=203575" target="_blank">15th January 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=202023" target="_blank">9th January 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=197207" target="_blank">17th December 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=194224" target="_blank">2nd December 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=193562" target="_blank">28th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=193139" target="_blank">26th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=191910" target="_blank">19th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=191045" target="_blank">15th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=190439" target="_blank">12th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=190082" target="_blank">10th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188435" target="_blank">4th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188435" target="_blank">31st October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=187977" target="_blank">28th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=187667" target="_blank">26th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186802" target="_blank">21st October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186608" target="_blank">20th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186102" target="_blank">17th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185995" target="_blank">16th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185550" target="_blank">14th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185003" target="_blank">11th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=184603" target="_blank">9th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=184168" target="_blank">7th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183956" target="_blank">6th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183553" target="_blank">4th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183171" target="_blank">2nd October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=182346" target="_blank">28th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=181667" target="_blank">25th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=181320" target="_blank">23rd September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=180107" target="_blank">17th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179944" target="_blank">16th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179706" target="_blank">15th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179538" target="_blank">14th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179090" target="_blank">12th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179016" target="_blank">11th September 2009 and the summer releases</a>
  2. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    FFXIII where are youuuuu ;__; Thanks as always, FAST.
  3. quepaso

    quepaso GBAtemp Fan

    May 4, 2008
    United States
    All those lips DLC songs from FYK are stolen from xbox 360 iso site. The XBLAPlus lips DLC are all new and cannot be found ANYWHERE!! Wonder whats the point in listing them when no one can get them...
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