'Mod' squad hacks away at Xbox
The hacks just keep on coming for Microsoft's Xbox.
A second "mod chip", an add-on chip for the console that lets consumers play pirated discs and other applications on their consoles, is now available. And for more ambitious hackers, instructions have begun to proliferate on the Web for building homemade Xbox modifications.
The first Xbox mod chip, the Xtender, went on sale late last month through specialty retailers such as Hong Kong-based Lik Sang. Late last week, those retailers also began offering the Enigmah-X and the XboxChip, a differently packaged mod chip based on the Enigmah.
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