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Thinking outside of the Xbox

roundup Microsoft looks into letting people use an Xbox console and a TV to access PC entertainment files. Also, "mod chips" promise to disable copy-protection features.

An online survey shows Microsoft thinking about a kit that would let people use an Xbox console and a TV to access entertainment files stored on their PC. Meanwhile, "mod chips" such as Xtender, Enigma and Messiah promise to disable copy-protection features built into the game machine.

Microsoft mulls Xbox-PC connection
A survey sent to registered Xbox owners from a partner of the software giant is testing the interest in connecting the console to other home entertainment files.
May 29, 2002 
Xbox hacking not for amateurs
update The first add-ons that purportedly allow the console to play illegally copied game software have gone on sale, but analysts say they're unlikely to inspire a wave of copy infringement.
May 29, 2002 

previous coverage
Online gaming industry seeks golden key
update The consensus among leading game software executives: It will be years before online console games attract a paying audience big enough to support such services.
May 24, 2002 
Console struggles with math test
For the software publishing industry, video games are a numbers game. And for now, Microsoft is on the losing end. Game publishers say it's a simple matter of economics.
May 24, 2002 
Xbox online fees: The cost of Live-ing
Microsoft will spend $2 billion over five years to make its machine the leading video game console and to build the network for online Xbox gaming.
May 20, 2002