X360dock review

Discussion in 'GBAtemp Reviews & Guides' started by Fudge, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

    Aug 26, 2009
    United States
    New York
    Fudge presents...

    review of the X360dock
    Thanks to:
    Erick from the X360dock team for the review sample

    The X360dock is a Optical Drive Emulator (ODE) for the Xbox 360. It allows you to launch games straight from your computer (soon only HDD) without any soldering, JTAG, RGH, etc. It supports all Phat, and most Slim consoles.

    • User friendly, no soldering required
    • Compatible with both Fat and Slim consoles
    • Latest supported Xbox 360 version: 2.0.13604.0
    • AP25 supported
    • XGD3 supported
    • Plug and Play/Requires DVD Key
    • No need to flash or modify your original DVD drive
    • USB 2.0 and fast load times
    • Compatible with multi-disc games
    • Full upgradeable by USB/JTAG, regular firmware updates available for free download
    • Drive mode (allow playing games from the DVD drive in a 100% Xbox Live safe manner)
    • Remote ISO selector by IOS/Android systems (Requires Wi-Fi)

    Module 2 features (available in about a week, upgrade also available if you already own module 1)
    • High speed ARM games management system
    • Full Color 2'2" TFT Touchscreen
    • Full Color touchscreen cover flow ISO/config selection system
    • 3 ports USB 2.0 High Speed (480M/S) HUB embeded for USB HDD/Flash drive/etc.
    • NTFS File system supported
    • USB / SD upgrades for FPGA and Microcontroller system
    • External SD socket (No needed disassembly if SD card replacement required)
    • Full clean installation. Place the module 2 where ever you want.
    • Easy installation, just plug USB cable from X360dock Module 1

    Forthcoming features:
    • Automatic extraction of the DVD key (Not sure if it can be done, but the DockTeam never gives up)
    • Dumping of Xbox 360 ISO's from original discs

    The X360dock comes in a nice package and contains the following items:
    • X360dock motherboard
    • SATA cable
    • Power cable
    • USB connector
    • USB connector strip thingy
    • X360dock sticker

    Additionally, the X360dock will soon come packaged with a mini-USB cable, required for usage.

    The X360dock installs with ease. Solderless, and fits in the 360 great. If you use a desktop computer in another room, you may want to wait for Module 2 of the X360dock, as currently you can only load from a PC, while Module 2 supports loading directly from a USB HDD.

    Setting up the software is relatively easy. You can download it from the link at the end of this review. Please note that the X360dock requires you have your drive keys, so please consider this before buying. Anyway, assuming you have your drive keys, and your X360dock is connected to your PC, boot the game of your choice! Also note that currently the X360dock does not support Xbox originals, however I've heard from the team that support will be added soon. Please note that Xbox LIVE use is not confirmed safe, use online at your own risk!


    Compatibility is practically perfect, with every 360 game I (and Devin) tried working fine. Here's the list:

    All of the following work:

    Modern Warfare 3
    Halo Reach
    Rock Band 3
    DR2: Off the Record
    El Shaddai
    Deus Ex: HR
    Driver SF
    Black Ops
    Battlefield 3
    Gears of War 3

    Tested by Devin:
    Dead Island
    Driver: San Francisco
    Sonic Generations
    Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
    Batman: Arkham City
    X-Men: Destiny
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record
    Battlefield 3
    Rise of Nightmares
    Gears of War 3
    Halo 3
    Call of Duty: Black Ops
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    Alice: Madness Returns

    Overall, the X360dock is an excellent product and a great alternative to the more expensive x360key and Wasabi 360. I recommend this product to anyone looking for a USB loader solution for there Xbox 360.

    Buy here: http://x360dock.com/distributers.html
    Download software here: http://x360dock.com/download.html
  2. insidexdeath

    insidexdeath .

    Apr 13, 2010
    You forgot to mention that it requires your DVD Drive keys and well done :)
  3. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

    Aug 26, 2009
    United States
    New York
    I did mention it. "Please note that the X360dock requires you have your drive keys, so please consider this before buying."
  4. Nomorelosers09

    Nomorelosers09 Newbie

    May 21, 2011
    United States
    Can anyone tell me how long the usb cable is?
  5. insidexdeath

    insidexdeath .

    Apr 13, 2010
    My bad. It's weird that I haven't seen it when I read the review. -_-
  6. Devin

    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

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    Aug 17, 2009
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    The Nexus
    Nice review.
  7. flo

    flo GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 2, 2006
    As a first feedback , why did they not make it fit the HDD Slot ? A few cm smaller and it would have fitted . Great for some slim 4gb users .

    I've setup the X360Dock , trying to run Grand Slam Tennis 2 , i executed Open with Reboot , but the game does not show up , i just get a " Play DVD "
    on the screen , with no preview of the game . I have a slim with a Liteon 0401 drive . Seems there are problems with loading on slims . Look what the user guide says

    Slim 0225 Mode
    This model includes extra checks which we're fixing right now, meanwhile we fix these
    checks use the next method to boot your ISO:
     Power on Xbox360, when “Xbox Dashboard” appear, plug the miniUSB cable in
    your computer,.
     Execute the PC software, click “Open ISO”, then select a game (do not use AP25
    ISO for the first boot), click “Drive Mode”
     Reboot Xbox360, we recommend using your controller (press “guide” button for a
    few seconds, then select “Turn Off Console”. After the Xbox360 is turn off, press
    “guide” button for a few seconds, the Xbox360 will be power on ).
     When “Xbox Dashboard” appear, press the eject button on the front of the console,
    execute the PC software, then the tray will be autoclosed.
     Click “Open ISO”, select a ISO, press A button on your controller to “Close Tray”.
    At this point X360dock will load the selected ISO and after a few seconds the Xbox
    360 will show that game as inserted in the same way it would with original game disc.
    If after some retries (eject/insert) it continues in PLAYDVD prompt, set drive mode in
    x360dock's software (xbox360 ON) and retry the method rebooting.

    That's a lot of extra steps comparing to how easy it should be . Any advice to make this an easier task ?