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We'll tell you what's up with Microsoft: new hardware options. It may sound totally insane — trust us, we did a double-take the first time Qmann whispered it in our ears — but word has it that Microsoft may begin allowing third-party manufacturers to create Xbox 360 hardware. And we're not talking about peripherals, people; we mean hardware that runs 360 game discs created by someone other than Microsoft.
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This could really benefit gamers. Price wars and cheaper prices for us.
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Only interesting if they do an Xbox 360 PCI-E add-in board. Heck, while they're at it they can throw in an RV770 and whatever the newest PPC core is.
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lol, this is microsoft owning up to the fact that they suck at the hardware aspect... looks like they got one red ring of death complaint too many.
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dang

wont this be a first?

Maybe i could mod one of these 3rd party 360s into my case (only PCB, no case)
    
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the quad core/crossfire 360, with overclock abilities...
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Only interesting if they do an Xbox 360 PCI-E add-in board. Heck, while they're at it they can throw in an RV770 and whatever the newest PPC core is.
You would be able to upgrade it like a pc... so it will be just like a pc. Then people will realize that pc's were better in the first place.
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Awesome!
As long as all the products are not as crappy as these, we're good.

When we get a PCI-e x8 or x16 X360, I will be happy
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post #8 of 20
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dang

wont this be a first?

Maybe i could mod one of these 3rd party 360s into my case (only PCB, no case)
No, Panasonic opened up the designs for the 3DO...it flopped because people would make cheaper ones (Goldstar, which is basically LG) that locked up with certain games. That's not to say the 3DO had no other flaw, because it did...but this was a big one that helped it die.

I dunno if I like this, if it's even true; We'll see how this turns out.
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if i'm not mistaken, wouldn't there have to be a different version of a game for every different console ?
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carl, if they all use the same "codec" or whatever consoles use to read the disc, it should be fine. They would all use the same operating system and software for reading discs (these are the most important parts that MS is releasing).

One thing I foresee is people easily making emulators for the X360 if the software gets opened to the public.
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