I heard that X360 homebrews are not allowed to be started from DVDs; however, they can be downloaded from PC or via live and started.

The question is: it is disabled to access DVD drive at all?

I want to access data tracks, without using any (theoretically prohibited) media APIs for playbacks; also I don't want to run from disk (which is prohibited by Microsoft).

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    \$\begingroup\$ Your question refers to "homebrew" development, but your links reference XNA. "Homebrew" development usually refers to development with unofficially sanctioned toolchains, so XNA wouldn't qualify -- are you using XNA or not? \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jan 24, 2012 at 16:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoshPetrie, I didn't knew that Xbox360 homebrew isnt limited to XNA now and allows to run a complete Linux on the box, thanks, would continue the research from here (as it was told in the answer below that XNA had disabled DVD access completely). Do you have any tips in the direction of the unofficial homebrew? \$\endgroup\$
    – kagali-san
    Jan 26, 2012 at 8:41

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if you mean XNA, you can't deploy your game on a disc


or read data from a disc



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