Monthly Archives: January 2014

Xbox 360 Flashing, J-TAG, RGH and R-JTAG explained

So we’ve hopefully made it clear by now that in order to play backup games on an Xbox 360 IT HAS TO BE MODDED. But we have never explained the differences in modding or what modding actually is. Here it goes…

Flashing a DVD Drive

Xbox 360 Drive

Xbox 360 Drive

One of the more common things to do is to simply flash your Xbox 360 drive. It doesn’t cost a lot and all it takes to do is to simply connect the DVD drive to a computer. Simple enough, right?

What this “mod” essentially does is that it allows you to play backed up discs. Discs that GameBackupSystem creates.

JTAG, RGH and R-JTAG

Xbox 360 JTAG, RGH R-JTAG

Xbox 360 JTAG, RGH R-JTAG

This holy trinity is a bunch of similar hardware hacks. What all of these do is they turn your console into a semi-developer console so that you can run unsigned code.

JTAG is a bit different from the two as it is quite slow and does not require additional hardware. It is cheaper to accomplish however, but it is now pretty obsolete.

RGH and R-JTAG are the most recent tools. Any older Xbox 360 can be modded to date. These will require a fair bit of extra hardware installed inside your Xbox 360. While it might be tempting to mod it yourself, we would advise you to go ahead and find someone who’d do it for you.

The holy trinity will let you play your backups from an external hard drive, as opposed to any other method described in the GameBackupSystem. It will also not require you to have a disc present in order to play the backup from the hard drive. This will essentially speed up the loading times as well.

That’s all for now. Any questions and suggestions are welcome!

Steam Box and Steam Machines

CES2014 Steam Machines – A new console rises.

At GameBackupSystem we are all about new gaming technology, thus we were pretty excited when we saw the preview of all the different Steamboxes. However, we do have our own opinion formed of the whole concept of Steamboxes and here it is.

Steam Machines are definitely a different approach.

Steam Machine Console

Steam Machine Console

Valve is definitely taking a different approach towards gaming and consoles in general with its Steambox. Most people argue that it’s just a PC with a less-capable operating system. Meaning, that you cannot run your favourite applications on it, although the hardware is more than capable of doing so.

And it seems like the manufacturers of various different Steamboxes understand the concepts rather differently. There are a wide variety of machines to choose from, some of which resemble PC setups and are even capable of dual-booting.

Here’s a video of some of the latest Steam Machines by various manufacturers:

Limited amount of games.

Some people argue that because of the base of the Steam Machines operating system (Linux) it will have a very limited amount of games. But the PS4 is based on FreeBSD, which is Unix and people still develop games for it, so why is Linux (Unix based as well) and exception? In our eyes, it’s only a matter of time before companies realise the potential of Linux and start developing games for the system and the Steam Machines.

The end of discs and backups?

Game Backups Online

Game Backups Online

Could this be the end of discs and game backups? No, not at all. Sure, Steam Machines have your purchase record online and you can re-download any game at any time, but what if you do not want to waste time doing so? This is where game backups will still be alive, although it won’t be game backups in the same sense, but rather backups of an operating system altogether.