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Spring 2011 System Update
« on: March 29, 2011, 02:46:30 PM »

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 05:31:04 PM »
I wonder what are the chances:

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Pre-Release Software. You acknowledge that due to the unique nature of pre-release software update programs, there is a risk that this software update may impair your console's functionality or even render it inoperable. Consoles registered with the Preview program are the only consoles that will be allowed into the Preview program. If you update another console with the build, including by inserting a Preview game disc in a non-Preview console, then that console will be unable to connect to Xbox LIVE until the official software update release is delivered to the public.


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 07:19:52 PM »
hmmpphh not fair, i really want halo reach, why the hell dont us brits get anythin

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 07:34:43 PM »
hmmpphh not fair, i really want halo reach, why the hell dont us brits get anythin

Xbox Live prices didn't increase here like they did everywhere else, that's something right?  :)


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 04:37:11 AM »
hmmpphh not fair, i really want halo reach, why the hell dont us brits get anythin

Xbox Live prices didn't increase here like they did everywhere else, that's something right?  :)
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maybe, but i still want freebies  :D

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 05:29:00 AM »
Source: Xbox new disc format gains 1GB

A highly placed development source has confirmed to Digital Foundry that the new disc format being beta tested in a new dashboard upgrade adds 1GB to the storage of Xbox 360 game discs.

The maximum space allocated to game data on the current disc format is just 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual layer DVD, with over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors. Astonishingly, this meant that the last generation PlayStation 2 had a higher level of raw storage available to games developers than the newer Xbox 360. It seems that this video partition has either been drastically reduced or omitted completely in the new format Microsoft is looking to roll-out.

Beta testers of the new dashboard get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. We can assume that this isn't just a generous gift on Microsoft's part - more likely it is a disc pressed using the new format, and Microsoft is looking for data on performance on as many different systems as it can. There is no one standard Xbox 360 DVD drive: the platform holder has used drives from Samsung, Hitachi, Benq and Liteon across the console's five year history.

Halo: Reach occupied 6.6GB of space on the old format disc. Either padding or additional content will have been added to this new edition, or it may well simply be the case that the data is allocated into certain physical areas of the disc the video partition would have previously occupied.

It would make sense that the video partition would have been pressed into the inner-most area of the disc - the part that would be the slowest to read in data. So while developers will be able to make the most of the raw storage potential of the dual layer disc, they may well have to factor in slower read speeds in the freed-up space.

Regardless, a 14-15 per cent boost in the space available to Xbox 360 developers is a very welcome advance, and some might argue it is somewhat overdue bearing in mind that the security scheme currently in place has proven to be inadequate for several years now. Tossing away the current system may also give Microsoft the opportunity to deploy a brand new anti-piracy strategy bearing in mind that its latest AP 2.5 system was defeated within a couple of weeks.

Xbox 360 DVD firmware hacker "Commodore4eva" adding weight to the story by suggesting that the latest developer XDK confirms the changes:

"MS will introduce XBG3 - this will add more AP checks, CVI (content integerity) checks, increase the disc size and adds a new layer for protection issues - all in the 20500 sdk! bring it on," he posted on IRC.


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 01:55:29 PM »

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011, 05:23:23 PM »
Microsoft has confirmed reports that some Xbox 360 consoles are not compatible with its new Xbox 360 firmware upgrade, and advised those affected to get in touch.

"Following a recent update to our system software, we have become aware of an issue that is preventing a very small number of Xbox 360 owners from playing retail game discs," Microsoft said.

"This issue manifests itself a as a unique 'disc unreadable' or 'disc unsupported' error on the screen. We are also able to detect this issue over Xbox Live and are proactively reaching out to customers that may be impacted to replace their console."

The console manufacturer urged those having problems to get in touch at www.xbox.com/support/contact "so we can verify if the console has been impacted".

Microsoft will replace borked machines with a brand new Xbox 360 S with 250GB hard drive.

The new firmware is thought to prepare the Xbox 360 for use with the new XGD3 disc standard, which adds 1GB of useable data to 360 DVDs.

Digital Foundry this morning reported that the firmware combats pirated software.

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011, 05:27:18 PM »
i havent played a game to day hope my dosnt work  ;D





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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011, 04:23:11 AM »
Eek, when's the upgrade being applied? My Xbox is only a few weeks old, hope it doesn't screw it up.


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2011, 06:17:43 AM »
I hope both mine f*ck up so i can get 2 new xbox's

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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2011, 06:19:26 AM »
I think this update rolls out in different regions in the next week or so.


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2011, 07:03:44 AM »
Doesn't sound like it affects any of the new Slimline 360's, maybe my old Elite that i haven't got round to selling yet will be affacted, fingers crossed  ;)


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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2011, 07:09:24 AM »
damn my P.O.S. still works  :'( (kind of)





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Re: Spring 2011 System Update
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2011, 10:22:14 AM »
Hey guys, not sure if this is posted in right area if not can someone move it but does anyone know what the new update was about??? Many thanks :-)

 

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