QUOTE(SigmaXIX @ Mar 31 2008, 05:06 PM)
The current generation of Xbox360 modchips are the kinda stuff that's really geared toward developers.
This is the same way other modchips for other videogame systems developed. Xbox360 is barely at its first generation of modchips. AND, with the miracles of the Timing Attack, I have no doubt there will be fully functional modchips by late 2008, early 2009, with automatic region-patching and security sectors, without being lame and modding the DVD.
There are things for 360 CALLED "mod chips", but they're NOT the same thing past consoles had, and have nothing to do with progressing towards it. Those mod chips were BIOS mod chips.
What the 360 has are DVD firmware chips. There are flasher/testers like what you have, which let hackers examine everything on the flash, but that's not a BIOS modchip.
Cracking the 360 for homebrew proved to be SO different, and SO much harder than past consoles, that they had to push aside BIOS modchips and focus on simpler hacks. It's nothing like past consoles.
The timing attack has NOTHING to do with working towards hacked BIOS. It's just a peripheral hack that finds your downgrade info. None of which has anything to do with breaking BIOS security.
A homebrew modchip wouldn't need region patching, because it would kill region locking.
I'll say it again. The 360 BIOS/Kernel/Dash have security that even the hackers will tell you isn't like anything they've seen on a console before. It's not just the hypervisor. It's layers of things you wouldn't imagine. The encryption alone is the same stuff they use in BANKS. You REALLY can't talk about how 'human error' comes into play until you research and understand what's going on.
Currently, the only way to unsigned code is using a King Kong disk on EVERY boot. There is no way to boot a hacked kernel, which means there's no way to install one, which means no modded dashes etc. If you look at how many talented hackers are working on this, and what they're saying, you get a better idea of the probability. There is currently no way to start up in homebrew, and as tight as the security is, there may never be.