Hey everyone. After doing some research and keeping an eye on the prices of 360s at GameStop, I am debating buying one to hack. I'd like to get a system and hack it in order to play backups and JP games/backups. Before I bite the bullet and get a system, there are some things I want to understand a bit more first. In the past I've done quite a few softmods of consoles. I have hacked a few Wiis, the original xbox, and the slim PS2. All of those mods were pretty software oriented, with the exception of the PS2 (since you have to block the sensors, but even so, it isn't a complicated process). After referring to the excellent sticky on hacking 360s here, and looking at the JTAG/RGH/R-JTAG tutorial over on se7ensins, the whole process seems a bit daunting. However, I do want to do it. I am wary of paying someone else to do it, plus I'd feel lame not doing it myself, haha. Plus, given the amount of options, hopefully there is something cost efficient and relatively easy... The goal of hacking a 360 would be so I can play some Japanese shmups and other exclusives, as well as play backups. I could care less about online play, so that doesn't bother me if I lose it. When I purchase the system, I am unlikely to even hook it up to my wireless connection anyways. I also don't care too much about emulators and homebrew on the 360 either. All my emulation I do on my original xbox since that bad boy handles pretty much everything up to PS1/N64 flawlessly. All that being said, here are my questions: If I were to pick up a used 360 from GameStop, which console variant should I be searching for (phat, slim, super slim XONE looking thing)? Keeping in mind the easiest hacking method/price. What are some pros vs cons of the X360Key over something like the JTAG/RGH methods? Is DVD drive flashing still a plausible option? Or would constantly burning DVDs become a hassle (as well as finding the appropriate sized DVDs and a compatible burner for my PC)? As far as soldiering difficulty goes, it is clear that the X360Key is going to be the easiest. But for the ~$60 price tag, is it worth it? Or should I invest in other options? I understand that JTAG/RGH methods allow all sorts of things such as custom dashboards, homebrew, emulation and the ability to run and install games via various methods, but is it worth it for all the soldiering work I'd have to put into it? Cost is something I am keeping in mind here, so as far as all the methods go, which is the cheapest? As far as DVD backups go, is it really necessary to have that specific LITE-ON drive? What is so special about it? I apologize for the wall of text, I just want to be specific here. I don't want to end up buying the wrong thing and have a whole mess on my hands, haha. I also know there are a lot of threads like this on the forums, but I tried to be as specific as possible to not make this a "halp feed me hacks plz" thread. Thanks in advance! Eager to hear some stuff soon.