Oooooh, yummy! Don’t you just love it when you have to fire somebody, and it just blows up in your face? Yeah, probably notâ€¦But it sure does make great entertainment for us. And here is one of the best pieces of dirt I’ve hear in a while.
Â So, a recently laid off Xbox 360 tester has reportedly rolled out a number of secrets. Secrets that Microsoft probably pays a lot to try and hide. Oooooh, I’m getting sweaty in the palms just retelling this story! Anyway, here it goes:
1) there is a self destruct command for Xbox 360
2) MS is software testing MGS 4 on Xbox 360
3) Software testers are under-paid and given impossible deadlines
4) MS bans staff from visiting and posting comments on certain sites.Â Â
1st. Interesting Thing:
There is a super secret kill-switch remote suicide self-destruct command that if Microsoft really wanted to they can remotely trigger and tell an Xbox 360 to fry itself and die. This was intended to be a last resort option if a fight against Xbox Live cheaters or major league professional game piracy ever got big.
To their knowledge it has only been done in test situation in the lab but if they wanted to they could have the regular system security sweeps over Xbox Live activate a kill command when it found a compromised hacked Xbox 360 system. It works by having the Xbox overload a fuse and “pop” the fuse.
The Xbox 360 will then crash and then will get an “Red Ring of Death Core Digital” error when the boot-up test comes back with a major component hardware failure. This is not the same as bricking or crashing a system since this will actually do physical damage to the motherboard.
Crazy right? And here you thought you were safe using those hack switches to rack up the kills while playing Gears of War? Not anymore baby! Big Brother is watching you and apparently they are severely pissedâ€¦who’s the kid at the anthill with the magnifying glass now, huh?
Give you a clueâ€¦starts with Micro and ends with Soft. Okay, this wasn’t really a clue. But just knowâ€¦no-ones Xbox is safe from Bill Gate’s vengeful hand! MWA HA HA HA HA (okay, that is how I imagine Bill Gates would evil laughâ€¦)Â
Last Updated: May 15, 2009