Various reports are claiming that Sega?s Chihiro arcade platform has been cracked, with code now running on modified Xbox consoles, it came to light yesterday.
As regular SPOnG readers will be aware, the Chihiro board is little more than an Xbox with upgradeable RAM and a few insignificant other routine alterations. Meaning that the ROM kits, for those managing to get hold of them, have become a prime target for the ever-industrious coin-op converters involved in back door scene.
At present, the platform plays host to Crazy Taxi High Roller, Ollie King, Outrun 2, The House of the Dead III and Virtua Cop 3 with others likely to follow.
As to what this means for the future of Chihiro remains unclear, though if ROM kits will soon be circulating via the Internet, Sega Sammy Holding may well back away from the board in favour of a comparable, uncrackable alternative.
We?ll bring you updates as they break.