I have a feeling unless theres a major exploit or backdoor left open it may not be hacked. That really sucks considering the specs of the xbox 360 would make a killer linux box.* The flash is encrypted with a per-box key
* The key is stored inside the CPU
* The boot ROM is stored inside the CPU
* Also inside the CPU is a hypervisor that verifies the running state of the kernel, making sure there is no modification (RAM checksums), else the Xbox360 panics and blows up!
* The CPU contains RAM inside of it to store the checksums
* All interrupt/exception handling is done by the hypervisor
* All code runs in kernel mode
* The emulator for first generation games can be updated via an official Microsoft download burned to CD by the user, though the CDs' content will be encrypted and signed with public key cryptography.
The Xbox 360's Hard Disk appears to connect to the Xbox 360 via 7-pin SATA, internally the drive connects to the external connector through standard SATA data and power connectors.
Correction to the correction to the correction: All Xbox games will work on the X360 eventually.Kardax said:Correction to the Correction: XBox360 with the Hard Drive accessory enables you to play some Classic XBox games.
The problem is the CPU in the 360 is totally new, so an emulator has to be used for backward compatibility. Microsoft has said that "mainstream titles" are going to be the first to work, and more will come over time (but they never said -every- game will work on 360). Emulator updates will be deployed over XBox Live.