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    by Published on September 13th, 2018 20:41
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    Heres some interesting Xbox One exploit news :


    • Earlier today, @XVMM posted up some key info on 'getting started' on your path of enlightenment when using the 'dev mode' that is available on all Xbox One consoles, now normally this UWP is sandboxed, but thanks to the anonymous creators if this unique exploit you can now get a shell (cmd.exe) and win32 code execution on Xbox One in UWP Devkit mode.

      Normally you can only deploy "sandboxed" UWP containers with very limited access rights, hence this write-up, which is very technical, but its aim at those that want to explore more of inner workings and power of XB1 console itself, and hopefully now with this information out to public, more developers will get on-board and help expand the scene of greatness in the Xbox landscape.
      Preamble

      This is not an exploit or breakthrough of any sort. It's simply taking advantage of provided debugging features in developer mode! This is for any one who may be curious and want to reverse engineer the Xbox One. This is also mainly provided for anyone who wants to just have a go at reversing the system. There's a lot to utilize with the public features anyway.

      Prerequisites
      • Must be in developer-mode (obviously)
      • Have some form of SSH/telnet client. (PuTTy, etc)
      • At least have Visual Studio 2015 or 2017

      To get started without putting up with developing UWP applications we can instead utilize the open SSH connection provided by the console. This is only available in developer mode, just in case you get any ideas. If you're using Windows and will be using standard command prompt for telnet then make sure you enable it first!

      • Control Panel -> Programs -> Turn Windows features on or off"
      • Tick "Telnet client"
      • Done

      Howto

      • First open up whatever client you have for SSH, in this instance PuTTy, and connect using your console IP and default port. There will be a pop-up. Just hit yes.
      • Now it will ask for login details. Make sure you have Dev Home opened and hit __Show Visual Studio Pin__. Keep note of this pin but also remember it will change after a small period of time!

        Use the following credentials:
        ```
        Username: DevToolsUser
        Password: The Visual Studio pin provided in Dev Home.
        ```​
      • If all goes successfully then you can either stick with it or initialize telnet. Run the following command in order to do so:

        ```
        devtoolslauncher LaunchForProfiling telnetd "cmd.exe 24"
        ```​
      • Open command prompt on Windows and run:

        ```
        telnet [consoleip] 24
        # (Example: telnet 192.168.1.5 24)
        ```​

      The telnet session will be running under the VSProfilingAccount privileges which is the same as what the VS debugger runs under when building UWP apps.

      Keep in mind that there is not too much of a difference at this stage. It just allows a tiny bit more flexibility.

      Basic file system exploration:

      You can do this by accessing the Xbox Device Portal on your computer and going to File Explorer tab. There will be an option near the top right that is called Browse. Using this will show you credentials that can be used to access the developer scratch. We can use the developer scratch to store our junctions to navigate throughout the mounted drives.
      Code:
      Using telnet or SSH, go to `D:\DevelopmentFiles`.
      ```
      >D:
      >cd DevelopmentFiles
      >mkdir Links

      # And run the following:
      >mklink /J "Links\System" C:\

      # If the result is successful then double check:
      >cd links\system
      >dir
      ```

      If it gives you a directory listing then there you go!

      You can get easier access by opening File Explorer on Windows and typing the following into the file path bar: `\\`

      It will prompt for login details. If you open the device portal and go to File Explorer tab then on right side hit browse; you will be given details to use. Once in then you can access most but not all volumes.

      (Refer to "Mount points" to find out more)

      Next steps

      So what now? Well, I'm going to provide a small "template" which you can use in order to write a standard "Win32" application. The only difference is that it will run on the Xbox One.

      (Requires Windows 10 SDK compatible with Xbox One and probably Visual Studio 2017, at least 2015.)

      XRF: Attached below.

      Place anywhere on the console and run `xrf cinfo` for a basic spit of console info.

      Additional information:

      Basic introduction:

      The Xbox One currently runs 3 separate operating systems with each prioritized with their own purpose.

      These are known as:

      • Host OS
      • System OS
      • Game OS

      System and Game OS both reside in their own partition:

      • Shared Resource Access - Runs apps and renders the UI experience.
      • Exclusive Resource Access - Runs games and has more priority with resources.

      These operations are stored in an Xbox Virtual Disk (XVD) with a small bootloader, currently assumed based on previous data dumps, that contains the kernel, HAL and other important system files. These get stored in the
      User Data section of each.

      • host.xvd | ExtHost.xvd
      • System.xvd
      • era.xvd

      System and Host are stored in both the flash and on the console hard drive. The Game OS XVD is stored with each packaged game that is released for the Xbox One. Although this requires another
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    by Published on June 17th, 2018 09:35
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    2. Xbox One

    The Next generation of Consoles is coming and heres Microsofts answer:


    • E3 conference is underway, and after the big public Microsoft press conference, industry insiders were informed behind 'closed-doors' that 'Scarlett' is already under development as the next-gen Xbox to replace their 'One' series, and will be landing in stores by 2020!
      At Microsoft's Xbox E3 2018 event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hinted that the company is working on its Xbox One successor. Barely a day later, it's now reported that the next Xbox is codenamed Scarlett and is due for a 2020 release date. The news comes via Xbox insider Brad Sams, he previously leaked the official name of the Xbox One S and stated that the Xbox One X would be out in 2017. He also was partially correct in revealing what the next Halo game would be called prior to Microsoft announcing it at its E3 2018 conference.

      Aside from the next Xbox codename, it appears that Scarlett is a "family of devices" which Sams speculates that "we may see multiple pieces of hardware released that year."

      Furthermore, it's unknown if Scarlett will be backwards compatible with all games available right now. But given the investment Microsoft has put into backwards compatibility, it probably would as well as be aligned with the company's streaming efforts.

      A next Xbox release date of 2020 seems close when you consider that the Xbox One X just launched barely seven months ago. Sams claims that "Microsoft is aggressively moving ahead with hardware in the console space to shake up the industry."

      At E3 2018 Phil Spencer said that the Xbox One X hardware team is "deep into architecturing the next Xbox console, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming". Naturally, he brought up Microsoft's work in AI and cloud technologies as well as its new studios as factors that will help towards making the Xbox a success.
      Click to expand...
      So things are already heating up for another round of next-gen console wars, now that Microsoft let the cat out of bag, all eyes are on Sony if they will drop the 'codename' hint of their rumored PS5 which large studios are rumored already have early alpha-devkits.

      via https://www.maxconsole.com/threads/n...in-2020.47219/
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    by Published on December 30th, 2017 23:19
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    2. Xbox One

    Over at Team Xecuter they have posted news of the release of Kodi for the Xbox One:

    We all here at MaxConsole, remember the glory days of original Xbox console modding, the main thing to install after you got it flashed or modded was a new dashboard like EvoX or AvaLaunch, and then of course right away installing XBMP with all its plugins, and now the joy of those days can be re-lived on the Xbox One console, as Microsoft surprising enough has helped the Kodi Team to port it over to UWP format and its now rolling out across the world on the Xbox One Store, with Europeans getting the first dibs!
    Kodi is a very capable player that’s highly expandable thanks to third-party add-ons like live TV and DVR services — something Microsoft isn’t going to provide. But Kodi is perhaps best known as the go to app for piracy due to a wide variety of plugins that let you illegally stream television shows, professional sports, and films from the comfort of your living room. This has led to a cottage industry of so-called "Kodi boxes," often built around cheap HDMI dongles like Amazon's Fire TV sticks. While the XBMC Foundation has attempted to distance itself from the illegal third-party plugins, it's also benefited from the exposure.
    In a blog post, Kodi warns that the Xbox One download isn’t finished and may contain missing features and bugs. Here are a few known limitations as of today:

    • There’s limited access to only part of your Video and Music folders.
    • Network support is limited to NFS:// shares.
    • There’s no access to attached storage or to the Blu-ray drive.
    • There might be problems with some add-ons.

    Kodi began life as XBMC (Xbox Media Center), or XBMP (Xbox Media Player) if you want to track back to the original incarnation that ran on hacked first-generation Xbox consoles — a capable PC with high-end graphics that Microsoft sold at a loss in order to gain an industry foothold back in the early noughts. So really, it's only fitting that Kodi should return to the roost.

    via http://team-xecuter.com/kodi-media-p...-the-xbox-one/
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    by Published on July 15th, 2017 16:44
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    2. Xbox One

    Wow some awesome emulation news and on one of the present generation consoles, Retroarch the multiconsole emulator has been ported to the Xbox One, heres more info:

    Retrix currently supports the NES, SNES, SEGA Master System, SEGA Game Gear, SG-1000, Megadrive, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, and in the future many other platforms.
    Here's how to take advantage of Retrix on Xbox One:

    1. Download the .APPX package for the Xbox One (29.4 MB)
    2. Once downloaded, to install Retrix on your Xbox One, you need to switch your console over to developer mode, this is the most complex step, you can either follow this guide by Team Pegasus, or spend an one-time fee of $19 to Microsoft.
    3. Enjoy! Retrix supports the local game for two players, and all credit goes to Albertofustonini to create and maintain the Retrix project.


    More info --> http://team-xecuter.com/retrix-retro...d-to-xbox-one/
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    by Published on December 21st, 2016 22:03
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    2. Xbox 360 News,
    3. Xbox News,
    4. Xbox One

    Like the title says Xbox News is Now our Home to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Original Xbox, we have now condensed our 3 sites that cater for Xbox Consoles into a one stop website for any news concerning these consoles, as with all our plans at DCEmu, we hope to start afresh in 2017,

    Check out our much cleaner Xbox News site here --> http://xbox-emulation.dcemu.co.uk/ ...
    by Published on January 18th, 2016 21:17
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    2. Xbox One
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    Maybe you've been holding out on getting an Xbox One all this time because your subconscious has been waiting for this bundle. Whatever your reason is, this package is worth checking out if you've been looking to get both a 1TB version of the console and Tom Clancy's The Division when it finally drops. You can pre-order right now from the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop if you're in the US or Canada for US$400.





    A lot of retailers plan to release the pack on the same day the survival shooter game arrives (March 8th), but some might ship it out as early as March 1st. Best Buy's product page, for instance, lists 03/01/2016 as the release date. Ditto for some other locations around the world where the bundle will also be sold. If you're in the US, though, you'll get a really nice bonus for pre-ordering: the bundle will give you early access to the long-awaited title's closed beta, which is slated to launch on January 28th.

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/16/x...vision-bundle/ ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2016 21:40
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    2. Xbox One

    The exact number of Xbox Ones sold worldwide remains a mystery, but we now know that it is in excess of 18m units.
    GameSpot reports that a reporter on ZDnet heard from sources that new stat gathering for Windows 10 revealed that 18m Xbox One consoles are ‘active’.
    Microsoft later confirmed to ZDnet that ‘active’ refers to any machine that has been turned on and connected to the internet within the 28 prior days. Along with 18m Xbox Ones, the same period also saw 180m active Windows 10 PCs and 1m Windows 10 phones.
    How many Xbox One owners can realistically be expected to turn on their machines every month is another question, but it’s certainly reasonable to assume that the actual sales number is quite a bit higher than 18m.
    Microsoft hasn’t revealed any concrete sales data for its machine since announcing that it hadshipped nearly 10m consoles back in November 2014. It then said late last year that it would no longer report Xbox One numbers.
    Sony said last week that it has now sold 35.9m PS4s.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/xbox-...-units/0161057
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    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 22:02
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    2. Xbox One

    Last week there was a great deal for the PlayStation 4, bundling remastered versions of God of War 3, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted games with a new console. The whole thing was going for less than £300, too. Very much a good deal. Though, one of the criticisms I had of it was, while all good games, every game bundled with the machine was originally released for the last generation.
    This Xbox One deal, while providing fewer games, does at least show what this generation is capable of, packaging an Xbox One with Black Ops 3 and Halo 5. All for £309.
    You can check it out in detail over on http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0184CL6IU ...
    by Published on November 9th, 2015 20:51
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    2. Xbox One

    Microsoft has named the 104 Xbox 360 games that will be available via Xbox One’s backwards compatibility patch later this week.
    Missing from the list are the likes of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and assorted Call of Duties, all of which have featured highly in user requests for titles to feature on the service.
    A number of additional titles have been confirmed as being in the works including Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Burnout: Paradise and BioShock Infinite.
    Nearly three quarters of the titles included on the list are XBLA games.
    Backwards compatibility will be added to Xbox One as a free update as part of the New Xbox One Experience UI update on November 12th.
    Here’s the full list of games:
    A Kingdom for Keflings
    A World of Keflings
    Alien Hominid HD
    Assassin’s Creed II
    Asteroids & Deluxe
    Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Banjo-Tooie
    BattleBlock Theater
    Bejeweled 2
    Bellator: MMA Onslaught
    Beyond Good & Evil HD
    Blood of the Werewolf
    BloodRayne: Betrayal
    Borderlands
    Call of Juarez Gunslinger
    Castle Crashers
    CastleStorm
    Centipede & Millipede
    Condemned: Criminal Origins
    Crazy Taxi
    Deadliest Warrior: Legends
    Defense Grid: The Awakening
    DiRT 3
    DiRT Showdown
    Discs of Tron
    Doom
    Doom II
    Dungeon Siege III
    Earthworm Jim HD
    Fable II
    Fallout 3
    Feeding Frenzy
    Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown
    Gears of War
    Gears of War 2
    Gears of War 3
    Gears of War: Judgment
    Golden Axe
    Halo: Spartan Assault
    Hardwood Backgammon
    Hardwood Hearts
    Hardwood Spades
    Heavy Weapon
    Hexic HD
    Ikaruga Toy Soldiers: Cold War
    Jetpac Refuelled
    Joy Ride Turbo
    Just Cause 2
    Kameo: Elements of Power
    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
    LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
    Lode Runner
    LUMINES LIVE!
    Mass Effect
    Metal Slug 3
    Metal Slug XX
    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
    Mirror’s Edge
    Missile Command
    Monday Night Combat
    Monkey Island: Special Edition
    Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
    Ms. Splosion Man
    Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
    N+
    NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
    NiGHTS into dreams
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
    Perfect Dark
    Perfect Dark Zero
    Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
    Pinball FX
    Plants vs. Zombies
    Prince of Persia
    Putty Squad
    Rayman 3 HD
    R-Type Dimensions
    Sacred Citadel
    Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
    Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
    Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
    Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
    Shadow Complex
    Sonic CD
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic The Hedgehog 3
    South Park: The Stick of Truth
    Super Meat Boy
    Supreme Commander 2
    Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
    Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2
    Torchlight
    Toy Soldiers
    Tron: Evolution
    Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
    Viva Piñata
    Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Zuma

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/104-b...ox-one/0158813
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    by Published on October 25th, 2015 14:23
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    2. Xbox One

    Microsoft has said that combined Xbox One and Xbox 360 shipments for its fiscal Q1 were down 17 per cent year-on-year.
    The company hasn’t revealed the actual sales figure, though did say the decline was mainly due to falling sales of the older Xbox 360 platform.
    In the same period last year Microsoft reported Xbox sales of 2.4m units, so a 17 per cent decline – on the presumption it refers to unit sales – would point to sales this time of around 2m for the period.
    In July Sony reported 3m PS4 unit sales for its Q1. At that stage global PS4 sales stood at 25.3m. The last time Microsoft revealed an Xbox One shipment number was back in November 2014, when it stood at 10m.
    However, it’s certainly true that both systems are tracking well ahead of their predecessors,especially in the US. Both Xbox One and PS4 have had UK price cuts recently, in June and this week respectively.
    There was big growth with Xbox Live. The service now has 39m active monthly users, up 28 per cent year-on-year and pushing Xbox Live revenues up 17 per cent. Game revenue soared 66 per cent thanks to the acquisition of Minecraft.
    Microsoft’s overall revenue fell 12 per cent from $23.2bn last year to $20.4bn. Net income was up two per cent at $4.6bn. Revenues at its ‘More Personal Computing’ division, which is home to Xbox, fell from $11.2bn to $9.3bn. Operating income fell from $1.62bn to $1.56bn.
    Interestingly, the company told Game Informer that it “will not be using console shipments as its primary metric for success beginning with this quarter” and that the company “is more focused on engagement, leading it to choose Xbox Live usership as its leading statistic”.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/xbox-...-swell/0157896
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