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Best Xbox 360 Hardware Mods

When you first get your console out of the shop, take it home and open it for the very first time – it sure feels awesome and you feel like the console is sleek and looks great. Unfortunately over time we get bored with the things we have and we resort to measures such as modifying our console, but oh happy days are here as most of the mods have probably been already completed for you. Here are some of the best console mods for your Xbox 360 out there:

1. Red vs. Blue

This awesome console mod puts you right in between the battle between the red and blue sides of Halo. Being the most successful shooting game of the 21st century, this Xbox 360 mod is perfect for those who want to make a tribute to their favorite game.

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2. Shoot-Through

The shoot through console was a really interesting project. Primarily for the fact that it was sold on eBay and all of the funds raised were donated to charity. You probably will not find how it was made, but it is definitely something to get inspired.

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3. Drive! While in your car.

If you are a hardcore driving games fan, then you will absolutely love this. Here is a console mod that involves modding your car as well! How does this work? Well, it lets you drive, while you drive! Yeah, that pretty much sounds like something that came out of “Pimp My Ride”, but you get the gist.

console-mods-44. See through!

We all love a nice computer mod, with loads of shiny lights and a case where you can see the electrics right through. Turns out you can do the same with your Xbox 360 as well. This mod is awesome, just look at it! There are plenty more similar ones available as well, if you search hard enough.

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We hope that these 4 console mods will get you going on modding your own Xbox 360. If you do anything fancy, please, let us know and we will give you a spotlight on our blog! :)

Playing Nintendo Wii backups on the Wii U

Wii U is a fairly new next-gen console by Nintendo. Although it is not as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One it still has its own little kick to it in terms of gameplay. If you are a die-hard Nintendo fan, you have probably already bought one and looking for a way to preserve your games on disc as long as you can.

One of the ways to keep your Wii U discs safe is to have the backed up. Now, unfortunately, there is still no way you can backup and play your Wii U games on your Nintendo Wii U, but what you can do is play your Nintendo Wii backups on the Wii U!

First off you will need to make sure that you can run the Nintendo Wii backups on your Wii U game console. You can do this by installing some simple software modifications for the Wii Mode.

How can I do this?

First off, you have to install the Homebrew Channel onto the Wii mode. The installation process is more or less the same as installing on a regular Nintendo Wii. The whole process and the documentation can be found in theĀ  premium version eBook that GameBackupSystem comes with.

Unfortunately, installing the Homebrew Channel and getting the appropriate modifications for your system will not make your system backup games on its own. What you will have to do is to start backing up your games with your PC or Mac.

Backing up the Games

Any regular Nintendo Wii backup disc will work once you have the system set up and ready to go. In order to start backing up your games you will need a special DVD drive which is able to read the Nintendo Wii games, or you can simply get an external hard drive and backup the games on to the external hard drive by using your Wii U. All of the following are outlined in the GameBackupSystem eBook and the software itself will aid you if you want to make backups of your Nintendo Wii games on a physical disc rather than use an external hard drive for the backups.

PS4 and Xbox One Game Backups. Is it possible?

If you are thinking that this post is going to be all about how to backup games for video game consoles that have not yet been released, then you are greatly mistaken. Instead, we are going to have a look at what it will take to crack these systems open and how far away are the actual game backups from now.

The age of 64 bits

First off, lets take a look at the architectures of both, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Both consoles are using a nowadays common 64-bit architecture, which can be found on most newer home computers. The previous consoles (Xbox 360 and the PS3) were based on something called the PowerPC architecture, which essentially made it a bit more difficult to write code for it and test it as there are a lot less people who are familiar with the architecture.

Why is this 64-bit architecture so great for the new consoles and the potential game backups? Well, mainly because the architecture is really common on home computers these days. This means that there will be a lot more developers who will be willing to have a shot at the system and exploring its possibilities further.

The Operating Systems

It is still unclear what the PS4 is going to be hiding under the hood in terms of software, but Microsoft have already revealed their secrets when it comes to the Xbox One.

Xbox One will be running a trimmed down version of Windows 8 which will be tailored for the Xbox One. The games will use something along the lines of a virtual environment to have the them run, but other than that it will all be based on Windows 8.

What does this mean to us?

Well, first off, we already know that there are loads of possibilities for modifying Windows 8 on a home computer, for example being able to backup your applications or install homebrew on there. Having a 64bit architecture and Windows 8 on the Xbox One makes it a lot more open to modifications and a lot more flexible as to what can be done with the system.

Having 64-bit architectures on both machines also opens up the possibilities of having the machines running alternative operating systems, such as Linux. Now with Steam being able to run games on Linux and the current consoles having amazing specs you could build a powerhouse for Linux gaming!

Conclusion

Overall, our guess is that Xbox One will be the first console to have game backups possible and the PS4 will follow soon after. We’d say give it 4 months after the release of the consoles and keep following the news closely on the progress. PS4 will be a lot more difficult nut to crack since it will not have a well-known OS under the hood.

Here is a comparison of PS4 vs Xbox One for those of you who are interested: