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Exclusive interview with the xKey developer
Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 12:43:28 GMT

xbox360 modrobert writes: "While waiting anxiously for this truly unique product to release I got the opportunity to interview the xKey (aka x360Key) main developer. Here's a brief recap for our new visitors; this product will let you play all your Xbox 360 games from any USB drive! Exciting stuff indeed. You can find more info at the official product site: No more stalling, lets get this thing going, enjoy!

xKey logo

What products have the xKey Team developed in the past?

XKey, Wode, Wiikey, Drivekey, d2pro, xenoGC, Qoob, Crystal Chip, Aladdin XT/XenoFX series mod chips for Xbox 1.

How long has xKey been in development now?

Approximately 6 months.

Will xKey work with all Xbox 360 consoles, including Slim?

Yes and as new drive versions appear we will add support for them too.

How do you install xKey, is it easy?

Very easy, it's Plug 'n' Play, if you can dump the firmware from your drive then you can install the Xkey.

Both PS3 and Wii software backup loaders have compatibility problems with some game titles when loading from hard drive, due to firmware version requirements or protection in general, how is xKey in that regard?

This is where drive emulations really come into their own, because the console sees a real drive with a real disk inserted there is no need for any patching or hacking. Everything 'just works' as normal.

In relation to xKey; what exactly is the Xbox 360 DVD drive needed for?

The Xkey offers two modes, emulation & passthru. In emulation mode the drive is not required at all, in passthru mode the drive works as normal.

Does the Xbox 360 DVD drive need any custom firmware flashed to work with Xkey?

No, quite the opposite in fact. You need a dump of the original drive firmware to configure Xkey. The good news is that's all you need to configure Xkey.

How safe is xKey on Xbox Live compared to iXtreme?

While we take every care to accurately emulate the XBox's drive we do not recommend using Xkey with XBL at launch. Shortly after launch we will release updates that address this.

Also, plenty of people have been banned while using CFW and there are still issues even with the latest iXtreme. For example, in order to pass the new Slim FW checks a lot of data has to be swapped around (C4E's so called 'rootkit'). This takes time and the checks take a lot longer to perform than they would on a stock drive. In the worst case it takes CFW takes 5 times longer to perform the check (15 seconds instead of 2-3). If MS have noticed this then it is quite possible that every Slim owner using CFW has already been marked for a ban.

[See timing graph for details.]

By comparison Xkey features a powerful ARM9 CPU that can perform the FW checks *faster* than the real drive running stock FW. We have the horsepower & the storage capacity to handle anything the future brings.

How will the new XGD3 disc format (eg. Halo Reach) be handled by xKey, any special backup considerations?

We do not anticipate any problems with XGD3, game ISOs are stored on HDD and
are not limited by the capacity of a DL DVDR. Xkey supports any number of HDDs upto 2 TB in size.

Regarding backups in general, most gamers use abgx360 to verify their backup ISO images, is that still recommended with xKey?

abgx360 verifies that the ISO is an accurate backup of a game disk. Whether an ISO is burned to a disk or used by Xkey it must be an accurate backup. For this reason gamers should continue to abgx360 to verify their ISOs.

Besides official updates, are there any features of the xKey that will be open for the user to customize?

We have no plans at this time.

For lazy guys like me, will there be any possibility to select games from the comfort of a sofa?

We do, however, have plans for wireless control of Xkey.

I'm really eager to get my hands on one of these, when can we expect xKey
to be released?

Current plan is for a July launch and we are on track.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about xKey at this point?

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements.


I also recommend reading the previous interview by hitman43 over at done back in May 2011.

If you want to pre-order xKey, go here, this 1337 online shop accepts bitcoin."



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Re: Exclusive interview with the xKey developer (Score: 1)
by mtnjustme on Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 23:45:51 GMT
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Hello, I didnt understand something, is the x360key requiring a original fw or cfw? does it metter?
I dont get it, if so, then why its called Plug 'n' Play?
What is better for the tool, orig fw or cfw?

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Re: Exclusive interview with the xKey developer (Score: 1)
by phantumm on Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 10:19:41 GMT
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what a crock of shyte, will take ms, 2 minutes to alter the usb boot interface and out date this in minutes.....waste of time peoples money and development...just my opinion, then again what do I know.. ;)

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Re: Exclusive interview with the xKey developer (Score: 1)
by whateva on Monday, July 04, 2011 @ 20:42:09 GMT
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Whoa wait... so what he's saying is that the maximus-technology to read out the original DVD firmware automatically will not be implemented on release?

How lame is that, I thought this will be plug and play on release! Seriously considering to cancel my order until this is fixed, I have no bloody idea how to read out my firmware - I don't wanna mess with my hardware and buy all that crap needed to read out the bloody key from my DVD.

What the hell? Is this at least something that will be fixed with an upcoming update, or will I definitely have to read it out myself sooner or later, if I preorder the x360key?

Goddamn these guys are vague.

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Re: Exclusive interview with the xKey developer (Score: 1)
by biohazard2008 on Saturday, July 09, 2011 @ 18:29:34 GMT
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what I would kill to know is he claims on the timing graph that xkey is faster than ixtreme 1.9 tested on a 9504 drive now here is where it gets funny so stick with me it's real hard to test timing on a firmware that c4e has not even released yet I mean how is that possible 9504 1.9 is not even released I call bullshit from the get go not to mention C4e has stated that this info is wrong all the firmware he releases is a 1:1 copy in retrospec of the stock firmware I had this preordered but with the lack of most the good advertised features not live safe at launch gotta read firmware manualy meh I just canceled if I gotta do all that I just go with team x

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