The Birth of X Box
One of the best things about the Xbox 360 is the fact that you have one of the widest collection of games available for this platform. The controls, the graphics, and the performance of this console give the competition a serious run for its money. All the games for the Xbox available in the market are on DVDs. It’s a well-known fact that these DVDs are real scratch magnets, and aren’t really built to endure the constant use and abuse that they are subjected to almost on a daily basis.
For any gamer, nothing is as heartbreaking as the ‘Disk Error’ sign that flashes on the screen, when you are all geared up for some serious gaming action! Never fear, backup DVDs are here to the rescue. You would need to lay your hands on the freeware Xbox Backup Creator and ImgBurn to get started. As long as you do not intend to walk around town with a black eye patch, selling or distributing these copies, you can make backup copies of your original Xbox 360 games.
You can proudly show off your original DVDs as collector’s items, while you enjoy playing the games using the backup. Creating a backup of your games is child’s play, and the best part is that you won’t have the cops knocking your door down for doing this. Also, you do not need to modify your console in any way, so the warranty doesn’t get void. Here’s how you can go about it. Install both the software on the computer. Run Xbox Backup Creator. Select ‘Complete Backup’ (if not already selected).
Click on ‘Start’, name the file (ideally the name of the game), and allocate a folder path on your computer with adequate free space (up to 8.5 GB) for the backup. It should ideally take about 15-20 minutes for the backup to be created. You can check to see if the backup has been created by going into the folder that you had saved it in. You should see two files with the name you had given the backup; one would bedvd file and the other aniso file.
You should be able to see a value against ‘Layerbreak’; copy this numeric value and save it separately in another notepad file. Close the files. Burning the Backup Game DVD. Once the backup has been created, run ImgBurn Replace the original game DVD with a blank dual-layered DVD (which should ideally have DVD+R DL written on it). In the window that comes on the screen, under ‘Source’, click on the ‘browse for a file’ icon (an open folder with a magnifying glass). Navigate to the backup files folder that you created earlier and select thedvd file.
From the top menu, select Tools › Settings › Write › Options (the one to the right). Select ‘User Specified’ and enter the value you had saved earlier from the notepad into the box by its side. Click on OK. Set the ‘Write Speed’ at 2x and click on ‘Write’ at the bottom. Let it ‘burn’ for about 30-45 minutes. Voila! You should now have a working backup of your Xbox game. Does the Universe Hate Xbox ? – Rumors Surrounding Xbox 720 Delay.
The official picture of the Xbox 720 is not available. Hence, a snap of the Xbox 360 is used for representational purposes. Various websites report, that Microsoft has faced major technical issues regarding the new “Oban” processor, in development for the Xbox. Statistics reveal that a large number of silicon chips have been ordered but very few were considered optimum. A higher percentage of these chips are not up to the mark and yield low results. Gaming magazines claim that Microsoft is planning a September 2013 release.
This means that this issue should be solved before February Anything later than that, would delay the production for almost a year. Research says that Sony and Microsoft are both waiting to see each others gaming consoles first. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 are ready to be shipped but both developers want to see the shortcomings of the rival consoles. Critics also feel that Microsoft is keeping quiet because it wants to know the price of the PS4, so that it can strategically sell the new Xbox for a lesser price.
Another piece of gossip says that Microsoft is aiming at a Christmas-2013 release. The company is confident that this console is going to be state-of-art and is planning to rename it to Xbox Infinity The game would contain 1080p 3D support, Blu-ray player and DVR functionality. Rumors also say that it would also contain next generation AMD 7000 graphics which would make the video quality crystal-clear. The software giant wants to play it slow and believes in being a spectator and not a player in the world of eighth generation consoles , at least for now.