And now here we are. While modchips aren’t necessary for the 360, you still have to take the machine apart and flash the drive with a SATA of your own. Further compounding the problem with pirating this generation’s consoles is that online play has become much more prominent; indeed the mighty banhammer has fallen hard upon many a hacked Xbox 360. Soon Sony will find a way to ban PSN users, despite the fact that rootkeyed PS3s are tough to nail (since it’s a low-level code sign check). This is a battle that’s going to continue until long after we have to install firmware updates into our brains for our subcutaneously implanted PlayStation 17s. Might as well get used to it!