After the leaking of the Nintendo Wii source code , it seems that we are going to have more surprises in terms of leaked material, since today the news has jumped that the source code of the original Xbox has been published on the internet since the beginning of this May. As The Verge has been able to confirm with Microsoft itself, the operating system that has been published by the networks seems to be completely original, so we are talking about a fairly important leak.
Xbox source code
Today there are many original Microsoft Xbox emulators, however, none of them has successfully emulated the core and the console’s operating system, so this information could serve to bring to light a program that works so well. fine and as perfect as the Xbox One built-in emulator, which is only available on the current console.
Recall that Xbox One is capable of emulating Xbox and Xbox 360 games purchased through the Microsoft Store or obtained through Xbox Live Gold, but this emulation is not available on PC, much less on any other platform. The leaked files include compilation environments, the original Xbox development kit, test emulators, and internal documents, and although they were recently released, it is possible that many leading figures in the emulation world might have had access to them quite some time ago. .
Windows NT 3.5 also leaked
In addition to what affects Xbox, Microsoft’s operating system is also affected. The Windows NT 3.5 source code has also been leaked, including development tools that allow anyone to make all kinds of tweaks and, worse, discover any type of vulnerability more easily.
How does this affect Microsoft?
Considering the damage at the intellectual property level, the main concern could be around security. In the case of Xbox, a completely discontinued and almost disappeared console, we could witness the launch of native emulators that allow running backups with ease and ease. As far as Windows NT 3.5 is concerned, the concern increases if we take into account the type of devices that can carry this operating system inside them (such as ATMs), but knowing that Microsoft stopped supporting this operating system, almost 20 years, chances are it won’t affect it at all either.
The doubt will remain at the origin of the leak, something that Redmond will be thoroughly investigating to avoid any other type of leak of this type.