Modchips were nothing new for game consoles when the Xbox and the PlayStation 2 were released in the new millennium. Before the release of both the PS2 and Xbox, consoles like the original PlayStation and Saturn had plenty of modchip options available for them. Installing a modchip into one of these consoles allowed gamers to bypass the region locks that prevented games from being played in different world regions and avoided the copy protection the consoles utilized. In a time where CD-R writers were becoming cheaper and more accessible, games could now be copied by anyone who owned a PC and CD writer. The Xbox and the PlayStation 2 naturally had a slew of modchips available for the console. Due to the hardware and software in the newer consoles becoming more sophisticated, ways of exploiting the built-in functionality increased substantially.
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