How does it work and which store is better to buy it from?
I’m also wondering if its worth buying?

It is an ODDE, not sure exactly how it works but personally I don’t think they are worth it. It is cheaper to just flash your drive and use disc unless you have a slim.

Which is what I got “slim”.

I would order from modchipcenteral then.
I went with flashing mine at which point in time the PCB was $80 plus the x360 usb pro was another $80. So I spent well over, but I had my shop and made it all back. Personally I like the idea of xkey just not sure how safe they are.

I’ve been playing online with an xk3y with no bans or flags for almost a year now, they are completely safe. Considering the emulation times have been set for reading the game and booting it are the exact same as the real thing, it’s safe. Honestly, the way I see it is, if you know you are gonna be dl’ing and burning a lot of games at $20 for a pack of 15 discs, why not just invest in an xk3y. The investment is well worth it, and you don’t have to worry about any failed burns/ wasted discs with the xk3y.

Essentially it emulates your disc drive and reads games off any external usb device:
x360key consists of 2 parts, a motherboard and a remote.

The motherboard connects to the SATA bus inside the Xbox 360, and sits between the drive and the Xbox 360 motherboard. x360key is a full-fledged computer system running embedded Linux. It is capable of many things such as

  • Emulating the Xbox 360 DVD drive
  • Reading USB hard drives and other USB media with various file systems
  • Updating itself and other hardware from USB media
  • Communicating with the remote and other external USB devices
  • And a lot more! (embedded Web server and Wifi connectivity for example)

If you read my reply to Chris, yes it is worth buying.

Send me link to all of the goodies. I got the money.

X360Key Xbox 360 USB Loader HDD :: Buy x360Key Here!

What does install opinion mean the very last one?

How it Works: Quote from xKey

[details=Open Me] (Please note the information below is based on what is currently available from the X360Key team and is subject to change before final release)

The X360Key runs a custom Linux operating system that emulates the Xbox 360 DVD drive, mimicking the original DVD drive of the console but allowing games to be loaded from a USB storage device rather than a DVD. What this means in practice is that the Xbox 360 sees the xKey and attached storage device as the DVD drive the console came with and is accustomed to loading from. The X360Key team has developed profiles for each of the availalble DVD drives to ensure that as far as the Xbox 360 console is concerned, the console sees the xK3y and storage device with games on as the original DVD drive.

The X360Key main/motherboard is fitted between the DVD SATA port on Xbox 360 motherboard and the original Xbox 360 DVD drive in the console. The X360Key plugs in to the Xbox 360 DVD Drive itself and then the SATA cable from the Xbox 360 motherboard SATA port is plugged in to the xK3y. The X360Key OLED display remote is then plugged in to the xk3y mainboard but is kept outside the console to allows USB storage drives to be connected to it. The remote allows the X360Key to be controlled and games to be browsed on the USB drive and launched.

The X360Key functions in two modes:

Emulation - The mode in which the Xbox 360 drive is emulated and allows games to be loaded from USB storage device.
Pass through - The X360Key is bypassed and the Xbox360 console and DVD drive function as normal as if the X360Key were not present.

X360Key Team Press Release:

Running a custom Linux system, x360key is capable of immaculately emulating the optical disk drive in Xbox 360, allowing you to play all your Xbox 360 (and Xbox 1) games from any USB media. It is compatible with all Xbox 360 models, both Fat and Slim, and offers advanced features such as emulation of the AP25 protection.

After more than a year in development We are proud to announce one of the most sophisticated backup loaders the world has ever seen. Backed by a team of hardware experts and some of the most renowned and respected members of the Xbox hacking community We have no doubt this will be an instant success![/details]

In the long run the xKey could save you money depending on the amount of games you’ll use. If you decide to flash, & depending on what 360 drive you have, You could spend half the amount of a xKey on tools just to flash it. Then you’ll have to cough up money on discs, Which will add more £££ depending on how fast you go through them (Wasting discs, Bad burns, Crap games & so on).

You mean install option? You send it to them and they get your drive OFW and key and install the xk3y for you. BTW, do you know what type of drive you have in your slim? Cause if it’s the Lite-On 1175 or the Hitachi 0500, it has to be RGH’d to get the OFW and key.

I have a buddy on xbl that bought an xkey and loves it. He bought it from modchipcentral, so I recommend buying from them if you’re in the US.

Is it worth it? It depends on if you make it worth it, if you buy it and only download 2 games then, no, obviously. But if you download a bunch of games and throw them all on external HDD then yes I’d say it’s worth it.

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe you can just update your dash like normal with an xkey where as a flashed xbox you have to switch drives and what not, I believe. Again, don’t quote me on this, that is just what I heard.

Ill reapply on your question about my Xbox type of drive, after I get off work.

You are correct. When any update comes out, you can use “Pass-Thru” mode, and the way to enter Pass-Thru mode is to turn on the Xbox by hitting the eject button. It then boots without emulating the drive, essentially keeping the xk3y from being detected by the update. But honestly I never use pass-thru mode, I update normally with the xk3y active, and I’ve never been banned. So it must be safe.

Ill be the one lucky winner and get banned lol. Oh we’ll I got another Xbox lol.
Can’t wait! Hopefully my box is compitable.

If you don’t want to open it up straight away, You can check the MFR date of your 360 slim here Xbox 360 Drives - List. Its pretty accurate & helped me find out what drive I had in my 360 slim without opening.

Where were you buying disc? I bought 5 packs of 50 for $100. That is more than I will go through in 3 years. Especially since I only burn games I want to play online, anything offline goes on my RGH.

You do not need to RGH to get the OFW or your key

I was buying verbs from walmart. My bad, you have to RGH to get the CPU key and drive key, and put them on the xk3y’s micro sd card.

I don’t wanna spend money if I don’t have too. I may just buy xkey and save some what of the money.

I defiantly might do this as my old slim should be compatible as it’s manufacture date is 4-27-10 :smile:

2011-02-05 is my MFR date.