Tagged: Xbox 360

An old Xbox 360 Dashboard could conceal your console’s Serial Number

I absolutely love this admission from behind the impenetrable iron curtain of Xbox 360 era Microsoft. It comes from Twitter user @Cullen who is (or was) an engineer working on the 360. The tweet speaks for itself but in the numerous replies he adds a few more details: this was only happening as late as 2010 and was implemented to identify folks leaking games and features who had signed a non-disclosure agreement.

As a fan of visualizers and mesmerizing animation, I think it’s just great that we potentially had our own unique display of rings alongside our customizable Avatars and Themes, and didn’t even know it. It’s this era of Xbox I miss the most, when ideas like streaming trivia game shows, the curated Summer of Arcade, and dedicated apps for self-identified women were happening all the time.

I look forward to more stories of clandestine engineering amid the 7th Console Generation seeping out over the coming years!

You can buy Joust again. I also started a new Site

Joust when you thought you’d never see the Midway arcade classic on Xbox again, Major Nelson confirms that it’s been been re-listed out of nowhere. Joust is once again available to buy on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for $4.99. I recorded a quick little video of the game running on Xbox One which you may notice isn’t on my personal YouTube channel.

Surprise! I started working on a new site back in March that officially launched on June 1st that’s all about delisted games. Not surprisingly, it’s DelistedGames.com. It all started with the delisted games I recorded last year and the commenters who repeatedly (frustratedly) asked why their games had disappeared. Beyond simply confirming that “[Name of Game] has been delisted” I wanted to compile as much information as I could on where the game came from, when it disappeared and why.

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It’s been fun, enlightening research and it’s sent me into mysterious new areas of the internet to dig up licensing terms and copyright expiration dates. The site has come a long ways already with 90 games fully detailed and pages for over 100 more. While investigating older games I’ve kept the main page updated with new delistings and server shutdown announcements.

It’s become more of a Memorial to the Lost than the simple database I initially started with and I love it. Even bad games deserve to be remembered! So check it out if you’ve ever been curious about a game you lost or if you’re worried about one that might soon go away.

E3 2015: Here’s how Xbox 360 games work on Xbox One

We’re in the Xbox Preview Program so we got to give the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility a shot just a day after the big announcement at E3. I grabbed all my capture gear last night and set out to cover how the feature works and what it does. So here’s Geometry Wars, Super Meat Boy, Viva Piñata and A Kingdom for Keflings.

One thing I did forget to mention in the video is that the Xbox One doesn’t recognize saved games on a USB stick. You’ll have to make sure any saves you want to use are in your cloud storage first. Any other questions? I’ll try to answer them or at least point you to the official Xbox One Backwards Compatibility page.

Microsoft has more than one Xbox 360 update planned for 2015

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Xbox Preview Program updates are nothing new if you follow Xbox’s Major Nelson or if you keep an eye on the Xbox press site. So I was about to scroll on by this latest Preview Program Enrollment headline when I realized it was for the Xbox 360. By this point I figured Microsoft was happy to leave their last-gen console to retire like a distinguished 55 year old; still around and doing well but not the topic of water cooler gossip like it used to be.

I’m happily mistaken — especially as Katy and I are using our 360s more than ever to play EDF — and happy to report that at least two new updates will be coming to the console through 2015. The first, which doesn’t have a solid release date yet, won’t bring glamorous new features but it may ease the pains of network troubleshooting for some users. Improved troubleshooting options will be added as well as a download/upload speed test utility.

The next update(s) are only promised by Major Nelson as “coming later this year”. While owners could sign up for the preview program in years past, this time around it’s more like a lottery. Major Nelson’s post details the new process.

Xbox Avatars, What is going on?!

While the beloved (?) Xbox Avatars had to sneak into their own deprecated little Xbox One app, the party is weirder than ever back on Xbox 360. I spent a few minutes poking around the ‘#trending‘ section of the Avatar Store and found pricey homages to Grumpy Cat, Wrecking Ball, Turn Down for What and more.

You can check them out on the Avatar Store website and even see your own Avatar model them right here.