On Wednesday, I went and purchased a converter and revved up the box. It was very nice and neat, neat images came on, the so called Dashboard and the display confirmed that it was "XBOX". But...
it came with no default games. Now why would MS not want to add a single playable game into the box that boasts of 10 GB of hard disk space is something I can never understand. I mean, make money on the games, fine... but at least allow the poor guy to have one preloaded game in the system to play!!
For the past weeks I have been following the stuff hackers have done to the xbox. From a gaming console XBox has come a long way. Last heard copies of Linux for the x-box were being distributed online. MS made a lot of attempts to ensure that the xbox is used for the purpose it was designed for, that is to play games. Games for which MS has been paid a huge royalty by the company marketing the games. But all were in vain, even an Indian website bazee.com is selling kits and modchips that if installed allow the xbox to run every damn CD available. Any game, any movie, any region etc etc. But I am very happy for the hackers.
I believe that there was a contest featuring an award of 1,00,000$ for booting up Linux on the xbox without making any hware changes to the xbox. I think the objective was achieved by making use of a bug present in a game for the xbox. So the xbox has reached the status of a very cheap computer!! MS intended to sell the xbox first and make money on the games. But the hackers have ensured not only piracy to flourish , but also for the xbox be used to be run as a server!!
What was most hilarious was that after discovering a way to make the xbox run Linux, the hackers made a public request to MS to "officially" introduce a version of Linux that would run on the xbox failing which the hackers would be forced to reveal the hack. MS reacted in the way everybody expected them to, by threatening the hackers with lawsuits! Now, there are books available on amazon that provide details about how to repair the xbox and make it do what any computer does. Long live the hackers :)
I had a few doubts about my tv handling the NTSC format that the xbox plays. The first images I had seen were grainy and B/W. I seriously worried abt the decision of purchasing the box from US instead of UK. But a look at the manual the TV came with got me acquainted with a button the remote that enables the NTSC mode. A typical case of RTFM!!!
I now wait for the games. Sito !! Thy return is awaited famously!!!