C4Eva has created a modified firmware for select PC DVD writers that will allow XGD3 dumps (newer 360 games, larger image size) to be written 100% on select models of available PC DVD burners. According to his site, the FW is completed and in the final stages of testing. Here is his announcement (taken from c4evaspeaks.com):[/url]
[2011-10-17 08:12PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> The following drives have been tested for ixtreme burner max firmware:
[2011-10-17 08:19PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS124B = baseline model
[2011-10-17 08:19PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS224B = 124 + LightScribe
[2011-10-17 08:19PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS324B = 124 SmartErase
[2011-10-17 08:20PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS424B = 124 + LightScribe + SmartErase (or = 224 + SmartErase)
[2011-10-17 08:20PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS524B = 124 + LabelTag + SmartErase
[2011-10-17 08:20PM UTC] #c4e <c4eva> Liteon iHAS624B = 124 + LabelTag + LightScribe + SmartErase (or = 524 + LightScribe)
The listed drives have an MTK chipset (as designated by the 'B' in the model), which are also found in some other consumer drives that are found as rebranded Liteons, and may be crossflashed to one of the above listed models. Certain Verbatim discs are recommended as they were used during testing. For those with a 0800 v3 drive, you may properly rip your own backups and then use a Liteon iHASx24B burner to properly record the disc.
Newer XGD3 images are larger in size due to new security data written to the disc to verify game data. While an XGD3 image may currently be burned with some of this data missing (via truncate method), certain games may have performance issues as reported with Forza 4. Those looking for the latest in compliant backup methods may want to jump on these drives while supply is high at several retailers. Apparently this modified firmware will also allow the 'regular' use of the DVD burner, to include normal CD and DVD writing.