Xbox mod chip allows hard-disk based games

Posted on Jan 6, 2003

A friend mentioned that they'd recently spent $400 buying a Microsoft Xbox, a 120G hard disk and a mod-chip. This apparently allows the owner to copy games from CD (or whatever the Xbox disks are) onto the hard-disk and play from there.

Surely this is a disaster for Microsoft ?

If the Xbox hardware is really selling at a loss, on the basis that the revenue will be recovered from games, the ability to share disk images over the internet and play without paying may kill the market.

Granted, perhaps not many people will be bothered to open up their console and apply the relevant modification, but based on experience of the Sony Playstation, lots will.

Modiyfing the Playstation so that it would play copied disks was a thriving mini-industry. You can go to local markets and buy CDRW copies of all the big name games. The Xbox situation is a bit different - once you've installed the hard-disk and the mod chip, presumably you don't ever need to see a CD again, you can download images or tar archives from the net.

If games were less expensive, there would be a lot less incentive for the average person to bother with any of this. I wonder how much of the 40ukp that we pay for a Playstation 2 or Xbox game is profit ?