Phil Spencer: We May ‘Unlock’ Xbox 360 After Its Supported Lifespan Ends

Microsoft may be about to do something unprecedented.

Posted By | On 30th, Jul. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The interesting thing about consoles is, they are closed, proprietary boxes. The software, hardware, and firmware is tightly sealed and regulated, and circumventing it is dodgy at best. And while older consoles have seen multiple homebrew developers eventually unlock them and utilize them for purposes far beyond what they were originally intended for, officially, a system, once laid to rest by its manufacturer, has been just that- dead.

But that may not be the case with the Xbox 360. At least, not if this recent Phil Spencer response is anything to go by. On Twitter, a fan asked him, “Random question, when the Xbox 360 reaches its end of life and the support ends with it, will Microsoft “unlock” the system?”

Spencer, surprisingly, actually replied positively to the query: “This is a good question and one we need to think more about. I don’t have official answer yet but we need to state our plan.”

It’s interesting, because it might indicate a willingness on Microsoft’s part to unlock the Xbox 360, and open it up to homebrew development, garage independent developers, and more, and officially support them even past the Xbox 360’s lifespan has ended. Of course, judging by the fact that the Xbox 360 is ten years old and kicking, we don’t yet know when that will be, but it’s nice to know the seed has now been planted in Microsoft’s head.

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  • d0x360

    Every owner of an original Xbox with a Modchip I can tell you that the same prospect for the 360 would be amazing. It was basically a PC but a PC built around gaming and making it as easy as possible. Having 100 games in an HDD and just selecting from a list was great.

    Yes I know a PC can do all of it too but it was still really cool especially back then

    • Starman

      “evox …xbox evolution” …great times … all loaded from my hard drive .. with all emulators

    • d0x360

      Best thing was skill wasn’t important. There was softmods that used a bug in some game save files to install a new dash, there was a solder free mod chip for a more permanent solution that could be switched off so you could play online and finally na mod chip that you could solder onto the motherboard. It was pretty awesome.


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