After many weeks of design and testing we have finally finished the design for the very secret LTU2 hardware
You may have noticed that the 1175 PCB were very rare and very expensive if you managed to get one due to the chipset being super rare and of course super expensive (we still say if you find anywhere that has stock of the LTU PCB's, grab them as they are now rare and not possible to make any more)
Others tried to find solutions which turned out to be shockingly bad design and just as expensive if not more so.
Can you say brand new chipset, tons and tons of available stock, MUCH cheaper cost, new firmware…..?
We've also made designs for both the Liteon DG-16D5S & Hitachi DL10N chassis
As usual this is a teaser – more news coming soon
Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid.
Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee.
"On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play," a Microsoft representative told Wired.
The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray.
The Wired article then elaborates: "What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner."
It added: "Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc."
Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter.
The article claims that there is no sweeping 'always-online' requirement for future Xbox One games.
The XBOX ONE Motherboard !
Click to see whats inside plus many more exclusive hi res images of the XBOX ONE !
Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console
It's been eight years and nine days since Microsoft showed the world the Xbox 360 on May 12th, 2005. Today, we see what's next. The Xbox One.
We're on-site in at Microsoft's Xbox HQ in Redmond, Washington, to check out the new Xbox. You can watch the livestream here.
Microsoft's brand new Xbox will be revealed at 1PM EDT/10AM PDT, bringing with it news of games, content, and all things Kinect.
New consoles are exciting in a way that it's hard for other product releases to match, even anticipated ones like an iPhone, because they're so infrequent. This is at least a five-year bet on Microsoft's part about what the future of gaming will look like. We've already seen what Sony and Nintendo think. Now it's Microsoft's turn.
Microsoft can only hope it's half as right as it was last time around. The 360 was built to last. That eight-year stretch of dominance makes it the oldest of the current generation of systems, and the last to be cast off in favor of a new system. Over that time the Xbox has picked up new features, like the Kinect motion sensor and ever more media streaming capabilities, but its core has remained the same.
We're underway, and the intro video for the new Xbox has users saying that the new Xbox is going to "recognize my name, my voice, my movies" and know what you like. That's a big cue that this generation is going to focus heavily on entertainment. Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, says that Xbox 360 is leading the industry in entertainment, because gamers are quick to adopt new tech.
The focus for the next gen is going to focus on different types of content, and use new tech, like cloud interfacing and streaming. It's the all-in-one home entertainment system.
The console turns on just from you saying "Xbox on". It will launch into what you were doing last. This passive listening is a huge deal for natural interface. It seems incredibly responsive in the demo, but for now it's unclear if this is an actual demo or if it's being simulated.
It also integrates right into your TV. "Xbox, watch TV" drops you right into a live television feed. The amazing part of this is that you can switch quickly from movies, TV, games, a browser or anything else, just by saying "Xbox, go to", or even just "Go to movies".
Two at Once
You can also use Windows 8's snap mode (with one app "snapped" to the side of the screen" to run another app on the side of the screen while your movie, or TV or game is playing. This is kind of an amazing addition, not just for browsing movies while watching one, like an onscreen IMDB, which is what the demo is showing, but you can also, say, snap a walkthrough for a game you're playing.
Oh, and Skype! You can use Skype while watching a movie or playing a game, too.
Or! You can go to ESPN to watch sports ("Xbox, go to ESPN"), and get update cards in the top of your screen whenever one of your fantasy team scores or accumulates other stats (or just snap in the full panel).
Microsoft also added its own TV guide, with full voice Kinect voice controls (which seem FAR more accurate than current Kinect voice controls in this demo). You can go to any channel or program by telling the Xbox to go to it, or you can just go to a Trending page with the most popular content.
There are three ways the Xbox One is upgraded. Hardware and new architecture, the new accessories like Kinect and SmartGlass, and a new Xbox Live.
The new architecture is what is responsible for the fast switching between apps and content.
Kinect is "complete redesigned" to respond to you and your voice, and is made to be more conversational. It picks up motion at 13 billionths of a second, the time it takes light photons to bounce off of you and make it back for the sensors.
The new Kinect has a 1080p sensor, and captures videos at 60fps and far finer detection. It detects the twist of a wrist, or how balanced you are. it can read your heartbeat while watching you exercise. This is next level stuff.
The controller has a ton of new features, too, like the ability for designers to send feedback right into the triggers.
SmartGlass also gets a ton of upgrades, because it's going to be treated as a native part of the platform, and not just an add-on, as it previously was.
Xbox Live is getting a massive overhaul as well. It currently runs on 15,000 servers, but it's going to go to 300,000 this year. Insane. You'll be able to access your movies, music, games, and saves from anywhere.
It will have a native editing and sharing DVR tool to snap highlights of your gameplay, and share them. Matchmaking is also more advanced, to hopefully make sure you're not repeatedly sent up against the same jerk who wipes out your whole party before they even get out of the APC. And it's going even further globally, so hopefully bring in more people to the games (though it's unclear how latency plays into this).
EA's making an effort to use the new innovations from Microsoft and Xbox Live especially with a roster of new titles. FIFA 14, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and UFC will all launch in the next 12 months, and EA promises that they will all change the way you play. They'll be powered by a new game engine called EA Sports Ignite, unveiled today.
EA Sports Ignite is supposed to make decision making and contextual contact more realistic. It will supposedly have 10 times more animation detail, called "True Player Motion", and the crowds are 3D, with dynamic sidelines. Basically, everything's going to look even more realistic.
Oh, and FIFA 14's Ultimate Team mode, the most popular mode, is exclusive to the new Xbox.
Watching the demos of the new engine on Xbox One, where you really see the detail is in the lighter contacts, like a defensive lineman trying to slip a block, or Lionel Messi shedding a tackler trying to drag him down by the arm. You can really see intricate movements and motions in a way you can't on current hardware.
Obviously, there will be some exclusive games through Microsoft Studios. It will release 15 games in the first year of the Xbox One, eight of which will be brand new franchies. Microsoft is trying to focus on new ways to play games. We got to see Forza Motorsport 5 running on the Xbox One, and the reflections, textures of the materials, and lighting looked awesome, but driving game eye porn always looks great in the cinematic cuts.
We also got a look at a new game from Remedy, responsible for the Max Payne series, called Quantum Break. It will let the choices you make affect the entire world around you. The preview was deeply confusing, with some adults talking to a little girl, a cut to a boat tearing through a bridge, the tagline "Time is the fire", and a character landing in the wreckage.
Original Xbox Content
Xbox One wants to be immersive, personal (with smart recommendations), and social. The Studios are going to use the immersive capabilities to do new stuff with comedy, drama, sports, and all the rest of the stuff you watch on TV. It's starting with Halo.
343 Studios announced a new live-action HALO TV show created by Steven Speilberg. So, like, holy holy holy crap. Microsoft and 343 this will be a premium show, on par with Game of Thrones.
There's also a new NFL partnership with exclusive content for the Xbox, but it seems like some in-depth fantasy stats and the ability to use natively formatted apps next to live broadcasts. Nice, but not as groundbreaking as Microsoft is making it out to be.
You have been waiting a long time for these to be released. Finally, the worlds fastest homebrew booting devices for both Phat and now ALL version Slims are available.
R-JTAG FOR PHAT ZEPHYR/OPUS/FALCON/JASPER – INSTALL GUIDES & INSTRUCTIONS: CLICK HERE
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More info has appeared on the 'net regarding Xbox Now!
It seems the latest info has leaked out regarding the Xbox Now! system, and it shows that the specs for Now! are even higher then previous rumors claimed!
We are almost at the big event date of May 21st, when under the big tent that Microsoft has setup, we will learn all about the new Xbox Now! console, and just ahead of that event some more information has leaked out, showing that the specs. are very nice.
* There is now a full 12 gigabytes of high-speed RAM in the new Xbox Now! console, unlike the previous rumors of only 8gb.
* To be precise, there is 4gb GDDR5 on the GPU and 8gb GDDR5 on the 8-Core IBM custom CPU.
* The GPU is the first GCN 2.0 GPU produced and was designed by special team of MS+IBM+AMD.
* Eric from IBM will be a speaker on the 21st. with more info like the fact the GPU specs. are a mindblogging 4.9 TFlops.
And finally Dutch journalist Jan Meijroos said on Twitter his Xbox Now! papers for Tuesday say 'hands on', that will be real slap on the face for Sony, if the Xbox Now! is right there 'available now' to try out within the big tent for everyone to see and hear in real-action!
Official Site: Xbox Now!
Also from The Independant
Tomorrow night Microsoft will unveil the latest generation of its Xbox console in Redmond, Washington.
Expectations are high after Sony’s dispiriting launch of the new PS4 back in February (a tweaked controller design was on display but little else), and although there seems to be a consensus regarding the hardware specifications, Xbox spokesman Major Nelson is still promising that the Tuesday release will “mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment”.
Most analysts agree that the new console will sport an eight-core CPU from AMD running at 1.6ghz. This will be supported by 8GB of DDR3 RAM, supplemented by 32MB of ‘ESRAM’ – specialised RAM connected directly to the graphics unit. A Blu-ray drive also seems a given, as well as USB 3.0 connections and a 500GB hard drive as standard. Oddly enough, the interesting point about these specs is how unremarkable they are.
The set-up is very similar to what’s known about the PS4 and it seems that the differences between the two consoles will be more focus on media services and extras, rather than raw processing power.
Potential names for the new console have been varied, with each backed by credible-but-inconclusive proofs. ‘Xbox Fusion’ has been suggested after a slew of domain registrations; the codename ‘Project Durango’ was supported by an early leak last year, and ‘Xbox Now!’ (exclamation mark mandatory) has been the most recent suggestion.
The Now! moniker comes via an employee from Rare (a Microsoft owned games-studio) who posted the rumour on the online forum 4chan, with the name supposedly referring to the new console’s range of internet-enabled, always-on services.
The ‘Xbox Now!’ suggestion also supports the argument that the battle for supremacy amongst the new generation of consoles will be fought through media services.
A long-held rumour that the new Xbox would be ‘always-on’ has been quashed by the leak of an internal email, but no-one doubts that internet-based services will stand front-and-center tomorrow and Redmond.
Major Nelson’s promise of “TV and entertainment” suggests that Microsoft will be aiming to position the new console as a media-hub, most likely consolidating their current partnership with Netflix.
Sources at The Verge have also reported that the Xbox will receive a direct line-in for TV signals, allowing the console to overlay Xbox Live functionality during normal TV viewing.
Such a move would put Microsoft in a good position in the battle for our sitting rooms, as Google and Apple’s TV ‘solutions’ continue to stall. And all this speculation is without even considering possible games (though this will probably just be the march of the franchises – one definite reveal tomorrow will be the latest instalment of Call of Duty, ‘Ghosts’), which just shows how the console’s position in the entertainment industry has evolved, mirroring the development of the smartphone as a hardware solution absorbs different software functionality.
After popular demand I have designed an effective little adapter module that hooked up to the QSB V3 for both Phats and Slims and is connected to the outside of the case for easy NAND Read / Write, POST Monitoring etc etc
Ask your local stockist to place an order for the first batch – we expect to be shipping next week MSRP only $12.95 (Does not include the QSB V3 Boards)
After several months of development we can now tell you that our new exploit for phat consoles is about to be launched.
- R-JTAG comes in two flavors – a starter kit and an ultimate kit with all the bells and whistles
- The first release will support Zephyr, Opus, Falcon, Jasper
- There will be a Xenon only version
- Boot speeds are similar to JTAG and RGH1 (from instaboot to 10 seconds)
- Full POST Monitoring with RATER and JRP v2
- Dual Nand works fantastic with the DemoN – especially for Stock / Hacked Nand setups
- No more need for RGH1/RGH2
- Works on the very latest dash/kernel versions
- Solid, reliable booting
Some comments posted by testers on the forums……..
- There are a extremely large portion of instant boots! considering RGH1 and RGH2 were beyond useless on this console – Its fu##in awesome!
- My Jasper has never taken more than 15 seconds to boot. I've been using it for months now with an older, unrefined version of the hack. So yeah, its pretty good.
- With RJTAG Falcons are now more reliable than Jaspers…..again. We're back to RGH1-type days.
- My Split CB Falcon would never boot with RGH2 – it now boots between 7 and 15 seconds every time
- Jasper 512 .. wouldn't boot at all with RGH2 – now check out my these Rater timings with RJTAG – WoW
Join #R-JTAG on EFNET and stay tuned…….
The RGLoader-dev Group has released an update to RGLoader to support kernel 16202.
Well, here we go again this release intended to satisfy 16202 demand while we work on the next great thing and of course because the "Cool Kids" started taking tydye's incomplete patch release, merging fs, and calling it their own version of rgloader, and lastly because it was long past due anyway
————————— NOTICE —————————-
IF THE LAUNCHER CRASHES ON YOU, UPDATE TO .NET 4.5! This usually happens for non-english language packages.
-Xenon Jtag 16MB
-Zephyr Jtag/RGH/RGH2 16MB
-Falcon Jtag/RGH/RGH2 16MB
-Jasper Jtag/RGH/RGH2 16MB
-Trinity RGH 16MB
-Corona RGH 16MB
You will need .NET Framework 4.0 or 4.5 installed. May also work with Mono.
-Copy rgloader.ini and bootanim.wmv to the root of the hard drive.
-Copy the contents of hdd-filesystems to 'Hdd:\Filesystems\'
-Extract the 0v300 builder rar to a folder.
-Copy 'filesystems' and 'loaders' to the 0v300 builder folder overwriting files/folders.
-Run the launcher and build your nand
-Open the RGBuild Launcher and type in your CPU_Key and select your build options.
-Click the NAND button to browse for your source nand image.
-Click "RGBuilder" button to start the process.
-Output will be next to this file named: Image._____.bin
-Flash this with whatever flash tool you wish.
———– Prototype NAND Image Editor ———–
Click "RGLoader" button in the launcher, or run rgbuild.exe /ui to open the rgbuild UI, which is a prototype NAND image editor similar to 360 flash tool.
The GUI is still very beta, but should be very functional now. Please reports bugs to #rgloader @ EFNet!
===================Custom Boot Animations=======================
Set 'Boot_Animation_Path = \SystemRoot\RGL_bootanim.xex' in rgloader.ini on your hard drive root, and place a bootanimation wmv on the hard drive root
named bootanim.wmv and it will play this movie file when the xbox boots.
The only way we were able to load wmvs was by waiting for the kernel to fully load before running the boot animation. This doesn't make a lot of sense, and does increase the boot time
by a few seconds so we are working on a way of replacing the normal one. If you do not like this delay, feel free to switch back to the regular animation by:
-Delete 'Boot_Animation_Path' from rgloader.ini on the hard drive root.
-Set 'disable_bootanim = 0' in options.ini, and rebuild/flash your nand image.
RGLoader has been updated to work with 16MB corona motherboards.
=================Retail Profile Encryption======================
This enables use of retail/live profiles on the RGLoader devkit kernel. The devkit kernel handles profiles differently from retail so there is a chance it will
corrupt your profile. This mostly effects live profiles. Do not enable this if you have live profiles on your hard drive! Backup your CONTENT folder first if you
want to experiment Wink
NOTE: This is a beta feature and the bugs will be fixed soon.
Set Retail_Profile_Encryption = 1 under [Expansion] in rgloader.ini
When building a jtag image, you must supply an already jtagged NAND. This way any customizations
to your SMC will be kept and also if your crc does not match it will not matter. (this will not be neccesary in final release)
NOTE: When an already patched SMC is supplied, the builder will say (unable to patch). Just ignore this.
XELL HAS BEEN ADDED TO JTAG IMAGES! Smile
================Flexible Systemroot Patches=====================
(hard drive free installs!)
We have added a new feature to replace the E90 error that gets thrown when the hard drive is missing or files have been misnamed.
If any errors occur during its attempt to remap systemroot to the hard drive (wrong folder name, hdd unplugged, etc..) it will boot into
minimal NAND only mode where the devkit launcher dashboard will still boot.
This means that a hard drive is not neccesary to run RGLoader! This also means that you can just flash the image on and use minimal mode to copy
and setup the hard drive files for the full installation using xbox neighborhood.
It is not recommended to use the minimal mode, but it does work.
=====================DUMMY KV Generation========================
To protect you from getting your keyvaults banned, we have added an option to options.ini for creating a
temporary dummy KV. This sometimes introduces a lag when going to the dashboard and some xex caused by the
xbox live connection timeout. If this annoys you, just disable it in options.ini and we will get it fixed soon.
—Things to come—
RGLoader Runtime Patcher
Adds extra patches for xam or any other exe/dll in memory. Gives more runtime access and control on patches. Loads rgloader.ini from the
hard drive root and also flash drive root.
Block_Live_Dns = Blocks xbox live DNS so you can't "phone home"
Map_USB_Mass = Makes all usb devices show up in xbox neighborhood
Default_Dashboard = Sets the default dashboard
No_Sign_Notice = Disables xbox live signin error notice
Redirect_Xshell_Start_But = Redirects the xshell start button dashboard launch
HUD_Jump_To_XShell = Replaces family settings button in HUD with "Launch XShell"
Retail_Profile_Encryption = Enables retail profiles on devkit kernel (BETA)
*WARNING: This may corrupt live profiles! Do not enable this patch if you have profiles you want to keep clean!
Configure and place rgloader.ini onto the root of your hard drive (Partition 1), or usb thumb drive.
-Occasionally slims/trinitys will freeze or reboot on the first boot attempt after a reflash.
This usually only happens the first time, if ever.
-Slims require fcrt for retail dvds to run.
-RGLoader.xex retail profile encryption patch may corrupt live profiles! Do not enable this patch if you have profiles you want to keep clean!