If we are honest we all have at least one DVD or game in our collections that may be shall we say “backed up”. In this day and age it is only safe and prudent to make a copy of a game you have purchased, you know just in case that Halo disc gets scratched by a careless partner and is rendered unplayable. Unfortunately most consoles, including the Xbox 360, have built in security that stops you playing copies on them, in an attempt to crack down on the ever prevalent pirating.
There is a solution to this problem of course. Sometimes knows as chipping or modding, an Xbox 360 can be flashed aka Xbox Flashing. In its essence this literally means re-programing the firmware in the Xbox to reset the default security settings.
Of course Xbox flashing will render your terms of service null and void, so if you were to make a mistake you would literally be ruining your beloved console. It may be a good idea to get a professional to do it, but if you feel confident then there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that can show you how.
First things first though you should be aware that flashing, or chipping, your 360 means taking it apart so be prepared to put the time and effort in to putting it back together.
WARNING: Making a mistake, or Microsoft recognising the changes in your system, can lead to your console being bricked. Which renders it all but useless in terms of gaming in the Xbox Live Universe, offline gaming may still be possible, but where’s the fun in that?
The main thing that you can do that will lead to your Xbox being bricked is not backing-up your DVD drive’s encryption key. You will need this to reconnect your DVD drive to your motherboard when you are done. Most professionals suggest you make a back-up of the key in case of emergencies.
The other thing that may lead to your Xbox being bricked is Microsoft’s banning sweeps which usually take place around November or shortly after the release of a new console. During these sweeps Microsoft will ban any unit that they read as having modified firmware and flashing is irreversible. As with any modifications you make to your console, firmware or system, you do so at your own risk and with this in mind you have to be sure you want to play copied discs that badly and whether it is worth running the risk.
If you do decide you want to go ahead and make the change yourself to your Xbox 360 then head to YouTube like we mentioned earlier, for step by step video tutorials, seeing the procedure live may help explain how to do it and avoid any terrible errors! If you do not want to pay a professional to flash your Xbox 360 console then you should always try and view as many tutorials as possible to find the one which is easiest to follow.