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April 26, 2011 // 10:02 am - As a follow-up to the previous XBox 360 Slim Backup news, today the x360Key hard drive game loader is officially announced along with a video of an x360Key prototype running an AP25 protected game on XBox Dashboard version 2.0.12625.

To quote: Running a custom Linux system, x360key is capable of immaculately emulating the optical disk drive in Xbox 360, allowing you to play all your Xbox 360 (and Xbox 1) games from any USB media. It is compatible with all Xbox 360 models, both Fat and Slim, and offers advanced features such as emulation of the AP25 protection.

After more than a year in development We are proud to announce one of the most sophisticated backup loaders the world has ever seen. Backed by a team of hardware experts and some of the most renowned and respected members of the Xbox hacking community We have no doubt this will be an instant success!

We are now taking preorders and the first shipments to distributors are expected to be sent out in mid-July.

  • User friendly: intuitive interface, no soldering required
  • Compatible with all fat (and soon slim!) Xbox 360 models
  • Supports most Xbox 360 and Xbox 1 games
  • Supports most file systems, including NTFS, EXT2/3/4, and Mac OS X Extended
  • High speed USB2 interface
  • Stylish USB control pad for selecting games and controlling your x360key
  • Powerful embedded Linux system running from Micro SD card (included)
  • Linux firmware fully updatable from USB media
  • FPGA fully updatable from USB media via built-in, in-system JTAG programming
  • Recovery mode - it is always possible to recover from a bad flash
  • No drive flashing or JTAG hack required
  • AP25 protection emulation

In a Firmware Coming to You Soon:

  • Support for all slim Xbox 360 models
  • Web Control Panel*

Work in progress:

  • Loading games from NFS and Samba shares*
  • Xbox Live support
  • Backup original Xbox 360 games to USB hard drive

* Requires WiFi dongle (sold separately)

Looks awesome

Video: x360Key XBox 360 Hard Drive Game Backup Loader Demo

Video: x360Key XBox 360 Hard Drive Game Backup Loader Demo

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#15 - buffaoo monty - April 27, 2011 // 7:03 pm
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I have agree, even though this is "PS3NEWS" all the Xbox 360 sites have news about how the PS3 scene is going.

I flashed my 360 years ago then got RROD since then I've bought a new 1 & a slim for kids & if there is a way to back-up my games to external HDD the its a definite yep from me. I will say though C4E has been doing great work for years & its always been free, so I will wait & see how this pans out before rushing head first into the abyss.

#14 - elser1 - April 27, 2011 // 8:42 am
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funk you sony.. this looks good.. with all the sid that comes along with sony and there disregard for customer safety and satisfaction i think i'll give xbox a go now... i've always been a ps guy since ps1 but they have lost me now...

i can't wait to get my xbox.. never thought i'd ever say that.. LOL but i think my xbox is gonna be unreal with this device... cannot wait...

#13 - Field - April 27, 2011 // 7:30 am
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This looks really good. It should sell well once the new XGD3 format comes out and stops people being able to use Kreon flashed Samsung drives to make their backups. As far as Xbox360 info on a PS3 site, I personally think it's great. I've got a wii, PS3 and a 360, so keeping up with console related info is good.

#12 - isotrex - April 27, 2011 // 6:13 am
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This is just the stepping stone. Next thing you know, it'll be like the ps3. The system would be fully compromised unless they would revised a new hardware... again. haha.

#11 - OleySpigoly - April 26, 2011 // 9:35 pm
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man i can't wait for this..

#10 - xUb3rn00dlEx - April 26, 2011 // 9:19 pm
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But will it blend? Interesting news no doubt, I wonder how far the CFW scene on Xbox will take this new item ( and how long before someone releases a free diy version ) I would hope it will allow the 360 to use any size hard-drive ( without jtag ) and possibly explode the way this scene has.

#9 - alchybear - April 26, 2011 // 8:14 pm
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lol it feels like the only reason its here is cuz 360 usb backup manager finally made it to 360 like ps3, but in relation it that we are at 3.60 and 360 is finally catching up with editing firmware with backup manager, now its a race it seems like to see which one becomes fully hacked with out soldering V.S.

and plz just find this entertaining..

#8 - DvdXploitr - April 26, 2011 // 7:52 pm
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This site shows MORE than just PS3news... its primary focus is on PS3 (and PSP)... i remember when this used to be or something like that and it was PS2 stuff... now it's, i've seen a number of Xbox and Nintendo and even iPhone news on here...

#7 - avojps24 - April 26, 2011 // 7:14 pm
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what's the cost?

#6 - PS4 News - April 26, 2011 // 6:50 pm
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Well said DaedalusMinion and saviour07 and +Rep, and yep this is posted in our Console News section versus the PS3 News one.

We also posted on it is because with PSN down so has Sony's US and EU blog news updates... it's been a slow few days, so things like this for XBox 360 and the Wii next-gen news fill in the gaps nicely until Sony gets back in gear.