Guarding Against Physical Attacks: The Xbox One Story — Tony Chen, Microsoft

Interesting talk that Tony Chen gave at the Platform Security Summit in 2019 (when we could still gather in person). Now that the next generation is in the wild time will tell if the same, or better, tactics will work to prevent piracy.

Every game console since the first Atari was more or less designed to prevent the piracy of games and yet every single game console has been successfully modified to enable piracy. However, this trend has come to an end. Both the Xbox One and the PS4 have now been on the market for close to 6 years, without hackers being able to crack the system to enable piracy or cheating. This is the first time in history that game consoles have lasted this long without being cracked to enable piracy.

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