XBOX 360 runs homebrew flash files ? That's l337!

Not really back from the dead yet, but during work, my rss reader popped up this news, which should interrest the readers of this blog. So, what’s the news ? Xbox-scene.com reports that the console hacker community got their hands on a demo disc meant for display purposes on XBOX 360 shop kiosks and this disc will run even if it’s copied/burned on a DVD5R disc. This might not seem very significant, but the datafiles on the disc aren’t protected either. Still not very interresting for the Flash community. But then the news item reports on the “Live arcade games”. Turns out the game ‘hexic’ is a swf/flash file. Since the datafiles (movies, sounds, swf’s etc.) on this disc are not signed, this could mean running your own homebrew flashes on the XBOX 360, just by replacing the original swf with your own, and then reburning the image. At least it means one thing : the Flash player is ported to the xbox 360. Now I would like to know; which version, and with what kind of capabilities?

Obligatory legal note : unitzeroone.com is not involved in hacking/cracking anything, neither does it support or encourage anyone to do so..

Since this post is one in a very long long while : I will return to the land of the living soon after this huge, huge project. Posting will be on a regular rate again. Also I got some very nice 8.5 sources lying around waiting to get posted, so Jan. 2006 is going to be a happy month on unitzeroone.com. Hope to see you all here again then. Until then : Happy New Year!

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5 Responses to XBOX 360 runs homebrew flash files ? That's l337!

  1. John Dowdell says:

    I don’t have any specific information on this, but I just confirmed with search term “xbox operating system” that the console runs a stripped-down Win2K system. But searches on term “xbox activex” don’t seem to turn up relevant links.

    That’s an interesting paragraph from the 53-comment member named “Arakon”: “the live arcade games are nothing but standard flash games.. in fact, you can run hexic right in your browser. however replacing the hexic flash files with another swf file results in the 360 crashing hard (only power off helps)”
    http://www.xboxhacker.net/forums/index.php?topic=99.msg1033#msg1033

    Here are some more SWF-specific links further down in that discussion:
    http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=474658&st=15
    http://www.xboxhacker.net/forums/index.php?topic=99.msg1058#msg1058

    In reading these, I see assertions but not corroborations… hasn’t been proven reproducible yet.

    I don’t recall XBox/Flash announcements, and don’t see the XBox listed here:
    http://www.macromedia.com/mobile/supported_devices/tv_ip.html

    Thanks for the lead, Ralph! :)

  2. Ralph says:

    John, don’t really have to read through the lines to get the hint, and assume MM (err, strike that) Adobe has not done this port of the Flash Player for M$ ? ;0) Reading further down those threads there are people stating they have stuff up and running.

  3. John Dowdell says:

    I know of no Adobe-announced support for that platform, true, but I don’t know the XBox architecture well enough to assume that a codechange would be necessary.

    The reports are interesting, but last time I read them I did not hear of anyone specifying recipes that others had succesfully followed… the above links were the closest to source observations I found.

  4. Christian says:

    a will have xbox 360 thanks .jag vill ha xbox 360 snälla tack.

  5. I own an Xbox and a Playstation and both are really good game consoles. Let’s see what are Microsoft’s future updgrades on its Xbox game console.’~’

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