Enigmah, the manufacturers of illegal mod chips for Microsoft’s Xbox console, has withdrawn its mod chip from the market in order to replace it with a new chip called the X-ecuter, which is easier to install than previous chips. Enigmah had claimed that the chip was withdrawn after consultations with its lawyers. It is more likely that the withdrawal was a publicity stunt designed to appease Microsoft’s lawyers and increase press attention.
The new X-ecuter mod chip can be installed by anyone with a basic knowledge of soldering. Previous chips had to be installed using precision micro soldering equipment. This new development in mod chips threatens the loss making Xbox’s future revenue streams. The popularity of the mod chips, which enable users to play pirated software, had previously been low due to the complicated installation procedure. The new chip will almost certainly increase the use of pirated software, as more people will be willing to insert the chips because of the ease in which they can be installed. Any increase in popularity of the mod chip will lead to price reductions and further problems for Microsoft as it attempts to gain a stranglehold in the competitive console market.