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12-06-2021 at 11:43 AM
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Xbox backwards compatible

I'm not sure what the rules are on this as I know the Playstation systems have issues with backwards compatible emulating (I think that is what you guys say). I have a hard copy of Project Gotham Racing for the XBox (I'll let you all catch your breath that I actually have a hard copy of game, haha), the issue I am having is that my CD drive on my XBox is jammed/dirty/laser went out. Haven't diagnosed the situation yet as I would have to take it apart to figure that out. So my question is, can people play Xbox games on a XBox 360? I would understand not playing a ROM from the XBox on an Xbox 360, but I would think having a XBox disc and playing it on a 360 would be fine? The game works on the 360, but I didn't know if there was possible emulation like the PS2 situation or whatever that PS situation is. Thanks for the help.

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  1. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar

    Just gonna tag one-time Xbox ref @Barthax there IS some dealie with hardware compatibility vs software compatibility. I know about the Sony stuff not about the Microsoft stuff.

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  2. thegamer1185's Avatar

    @Barthax , what say you in regards to this? Need to decide if I'm going to take apart my Original Xbox and see what is going on in with the Disc Drive or hopefully not have to worry about it.

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    The once-upon-a-time ruling was definitely not. The original Xbox 360 had zero backwards compatibility. When it did come, it was a very flawed emulation and old TG was flat against emulation of anything modern (PS2 thin the noteworthy accident).


    As for the Xbox optical drive: pick up a second-hand "for repair" one & it's an very easy replacement. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax

    The once-upon-a-time ruling was definitely not. The original Xbox 360 had zero backwards compatibility. When it did come, it was a very flawed emulation and old TG was flat against emulation of anything modern (PS2 thin the noteworthy accident).


    As for the Xbox optical drive: pick up a second-hand "for repair" one & it's an very easy replacement. :D

    I never considered the version of the 360. I've got the old big white one (original and sounds like a definite no), and I have a Slim. Does that make a difference before I open the Xbox?

  5. Barthax's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by thegamer1185


    I never considered the version of the 360. I've got the old big white one (original and sounds like a definite no), and I have a Slim. Does that make a difference before I open the Xbox?

    Not sure which portion you're responding to, so here's the two possible answers. :D

    Any Xbox 360 was not permitted for Xbox original submissions.

    Don't mix the optical drives between generations of Xbox, that's not what I meant.

  6. thegamer1185's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax


    Not sure which portion you're responding to, so here's the two possible answers. :D

    Any Xbox 360 was not permitted for Xbox original submissions.

    Don't mix the optical drives between generations of Xbox, that's not what I meant.

    I took your initial answer as "The original 360 was not allowed." I wasn't sure about the Slim 360. Yeah, I wasn't going to that. On to the disc drive. Wasn't the motherboard of the Xbox some how linked to the disc drive in a way that they had to be originally linked and you couldn't simply replace them? Some software code? I could be wrong on that. I know I read that for a gaming console, and the only modded console I know I researched heavily was the Xbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegamer1185

    On to the disc drive. Wasn't the motherboard of the Xbox some how linked to the disc drive in a way that they had to be originally linked and you couldn't simply replace them? Some software code? I could be wrong on that. I know I read that for a gaming console, and the only modded console I know I researched heavily was the Xbox.


    It's the hard drive which is linked to the motherboard. The hard drive is encrypted with a key with each motherboard having a different key (I'm not certain of the exact component on the motherboard with the key). The optical drive is not a part of that - I've successfully swapped drives from different Xbox versions (they're numbered 1.0 through 1.6 and some other minor variations).

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    Guess I know what I'll be doing today, other than trying to take over the world of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax



    It's the hard drive which is linked to the motherboard. The hard drive is encrypted with a key with each motherboard having a different key (I'm not certain of the exact component on the motherboard with the key). The optical drive is not a part of that - I've successfully swapped drives from different Xbox versions (they're numbered 1.0 through 1.6 and some other minor variations).


    Oh, just while the subject matter of original Xbox optical drives is there: it's a non-standard DVD drive so don't expect to replace it with just any other DVD drive. The Xbox original drives had additional commands the Xbox could send to it to read the Xbox discs. The Xbox discs have a portion of the disc written outside the area that "normal" DVD drives will read...

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