New XGD3 Games format impact on current Firmwares and Dashboards

[15 October 2011] [+]

Original XGD3 discs have a higher linear/track density and therefore a higher physical capacity than XGD2 and regular DVD+R DL media. As a result, XGD3 ISO backups are larger as well.

For XGD3 backup support, LT+ v2.0 and the LT-MAX feature have been introduced, which allows for XGD3 backups to use the maximum possible layerbreak for regular DVD+R DL media, and therefore all of the available space (8,547,991,552 bytes) of a regular DVD+R DL disc.

Since there is still not enough space on a regular DVD+R DL disc to hold the entire XGD3 game partition, not to mention the Layer 1 video partition, this is not at all recommended as being "safe" for Xbox LIVE.

XGD3 backups will still boot and play fine on LT+ v2.0 as long as the last approximately 1.7% of the game partition does not contain any of the actual game assets, which it usually won't because the end of the game partition is near the inner edge of the disc, and developers will try to keep their game data near the outer edge (middle of the game partition) to maximize read performance.

Another necessary condition to booting and playing XGD3 backups on regular DVD+R DL media is that the kernel or game code itself must not perform any CIV (Content Integrity Verification) checks on any part of this last approximately 1.7% of the game partition (or at least it must not take any action after CIV failures). Even if there are no actual game assets in this area, there is still pseudo-random padding data which can be checked through CIV, and such checks can even be added later to the game code through title updates, or to the kernel through system updates.

Just like XGD2, XGD3 backups still require the correct dashboard version-specific AP2.5 replay data. As they've done previously, MS has the ability to change the DAE.bin by way of a system update, meaning you may need to re-patch/re-burn at some point. The abgx360 application and database will be updated accordingly to support XGD3.

PS3 JailBreak2 + Rogero Manager v7.8 on version 3.41 Tutorial

[01 Februarie 2011] [+]

PS3 is FINALLY Hacked, Below I have included a Video Tutorial for those struggeling to get things up and running. Software used can be found in the video description on YouTube or on my Tools Page.

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Kinect, Fall 2010 Dashboard (2.0.12611) and Latest Games Mayhem

[16 November 2010] [+]

With the release of Kinect, comes a compulsary new Dashboard Update (Fall 2010 Dash Update) which brings with it Microsoft's new authentication method AP 2.5. This update is not forced only by Kinect, but also some of the latest games.

What is AP 2.5?

Anti-Piracy version 2.5 is the newest addition by Microsoft to detect custom DVD Drive firmware and is included in the new Kinect dashboard. This check has been included for some time but hasn't been activated until Kinect. This authentication blocks backups from being loaded and displays a message that states " This disc is unreadable."

AP 2.5 Games

AP 2.5 usually goes hand in hand with wave 7 and beyond. New games after Fable 3 will contain AP 2.5. This does not exclude older games as AP 2.5 can be included in a future game update. As of now, only Fable 3, Hasbro Family Game Night, Assasins Creed Brotherhood, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit are confirmed. It is rumored that The Sims 3 is. Call of Duty Black Ops and Medal of Honor are confirmed NOT an AP2.5 game and is wave 6.

Retail (Original) versions of the games will work. The check looks for a burned disc in the drive, although it is NOT SAFE to play even Original AP 2.5 games on Xbox Live with a modded DVD Rom (Until the Release of new LT+ Firmware). Your console will be flagged on the Microsoft Authentication Network and you will be banned from Xbox Live and its possible your files and profile will be corrupted. Only Original AP2.5 games on an original, unmodded drive will be safe.

Guys are working on LT+ which will bypass AP 2.5 checks. Also, Samsung drives and some older Hitachi model drives (which there is no current clarification on which models those are) are incapable of using AP 2.5. Click here to determine which drive you have. These drives are safe(er) to play online and will still allow you play AP 2.5 games even after the dashboard update (Run! Find Yourself a Samsung Drive!)

You can still play AP 2.5 games on all dvd drives as long as you have an older, ie 2.0.9199, Dashboard.

If you dont care about getting banned etc...

Get a Samsung drive... you can install that and be able to play, but you will be banned if you connect online. Also, some drives can play AP2.5 games as is. You might get lucky, but will be banned if it doesn't work. You can also play AP 2.5 games on a JTAGGED Console. This is the most hasstle free option, IF you are lucky enough te have one.

LT+ will be released before Xmas this year! Just hold on...