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Author Topic: Why can't you download PS2 or Xbox demos?  (Read 894 times)
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« on: October 16, 2004, 01:47:50 AM »

I heard about Halo2 being pirated and downloadable from the internet and began thinking, why can't you download PS2 or Xbox demos from the internet and then burn them to a DVD to be played in your PS2 or Xbox?  The demos on disks are the only reason why I buy some console gaming magazines, but the demo selection is rather limited.  I think that it would be great if there were a console demo library of comparable size to PC dem library.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2004, 01:50:51 AM »

I assume if that were an option, it would be tactily endorsing mod chips, which are the only ways to play burned discs on a console.  I think we can safely say the console makers and game publishers do not want to endorse mod chips.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2004, 01:51:48 AM »

Well, the big problem is that you can't just burn it to a DVD-R or whatever and get it to work.  In order for you to play the leaked Halo 2 for instance you have to get a modchip for your Xbox so it can play copied games.

The Xbox actually reads discs from the outside in, so in the full retail version of the game those are the only types of discs you can run.  I forget how the PS2 reads, but you have to modify that as well in order to play a burned DVD.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2004, 01:17:45 PM »

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I assume if that were an option, it would be tactily endorsing mod chips, which are the only ways to play burned discs on a console.  I think we can safely say the console makers and game publishers do not want to endorse mod chips.


Exactly.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2004, 05:33:28 PM »

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I assume if that were an option, it would be tactily endorsing mod chips, which are the only ways to play burned discs on a console.  I think we can safely say the console makers and game publishers do not want to endorse mod chips.


Still, for those with a Live account, it'd be nice if they'd let us download demos. Say, in a Steam kind of way.  That would definitely be an incentive for more people to sign up for Live, adding more value to the service.
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