We said it wouldn't take long and already there are signs that hackers have taken the first steps to cracking the Xbox 360.
A group that calls itself 'Team PI Coder' has been digging around in the console's file system and discovered some of its basic workings, managing to download raw data from some 13 games.
Naturally, Microsoft claims the coders are nowhere near reaching the 360's inner sanctum of anti-piracy measures – but then it said that about the original Xbox. By the time various groups had finished with that version, not only could you transfer hundreds of games from machine to machine via Ethernet cable but you could even play thousands of pirated N64, SNES, Megadrive and NES games, making it the ultimate retro console.
This group isn't anywhere near reaching that level of crackmanship. The coders have themselves admitted that the data can't actually be used to run a game on another console. However, they add it's just a matter of time before somebody works it out. In a fit of benevolence - malevolence if you're Microsoft - they've published their findings online in order to 'encourage all coders and crackers out there to take up the challenge.'
While Stuff would never condone such activity, we do continue to be amazed by the 'uncrackable' claims of hardware manufacturers. Remember the Titanic, anyone?
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