Ok, we all know there are ways to determine if a disc is pressed or not. The real question is: Why hasn't a game company (or any other) ever enforced a security check based on this lead-in type disc information?
They did this with xbox1 game, no reason to expect they won't do this with x360 discs.
I think the answer is that it isn't very practical to maintain a database of this information, and not foolproof either... You'd be spending money on a quick fix,
Wrong. Some of the data in the physical format data will never change. It will be the same for each and every disc but will be different on a backup.
As far as checking video data, I don't see that either. What if your disc is scratched on the video partition? Now you can't play the GAME!?
It pretty hard to only scratch the video partition and not the game partition ..
I mean it's possible, and I know that is really what the thread is about, but I don't see it as probable. Especially since we could just inject the proper video partition into our ISO's and be back up and running in like 2 hours.
@fastrack: I agree, I thought about that too. You can't really spoof a checksum, if the controller reads the entire firmware and calculates it, it calculates it.
Wrong. The firmware itself hosts the upload / download of the firmware and also the checksum routines.
You'd have to hack the controller to report the valid checksum, probably not happening!
Because it's a non-issue.
But as also mentioned, each drive has it's own checksum, since each firmare is unique to the drive/mobo marriage. Checksum verification is also unlikely imo.
Wrong. The unique key is not included in the checksum calculation.
I highly doubt we will ever see MS$ flashing our drive firmware either. This isn't a PSP.
They also will not change the flash chips on new drives, they need the flash, they have to "marry" the drives to the mobos, chip needs to be writeable!
We are talking about MS$ putting more time/$/security against things that have been in the ATA/IDE specs for years. If they implemented more security via this route, they'd just be asking for another hacker to expose the flaws in this underlying PC technology. This tech was not designed for security! I'm betting they don't even bother, and just block Live access...
One thing we do know. The expected Live update is LATE. MS$ is usually good about releasing on time, so my guess is that they are working on "last minute additions"
Yes, it's suspicious.