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XBOX Xbox Development Kit (DVT4) PCB Photos

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I recently acquired a Development Kit (DVT4) and decided to take some high-quality photos of the daughter boards from this console. They're pretty rare and obscure and I wanted to take some good photos for preservation's sake. I'm going to get a Raptor PCI card soon, so I'll add photos of that too later.

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These boards were in development kits and consisted of two parts:
  • DVD emulation board.
    • When paired with a Raptor XDK PCI card installed into a computer, it allows a developer to master a game disc before sending a final copy to Microsoft for review, and later into production. This allowed them to test loading scenarios and figure out where certain files for the game should be physically located on a disc in order to reduce load times. When loading a level for a game, for example, all the files needed for that level could be grouped together on the disc to reduce the amount of skipping around the laser needed to do, which decreases load times.
  • Serial debugging port
    • This allows a developer to get debugging information from the Xbox to see how their code is behaving on real hardware. When writing software, it's useful to see technical info about when and how a bug happens in order to fix it. This board connects to a PC's serial port to read diagnostic info from the console in real time.
More info: https://xboxdevwiki.net/Development_Kits

Mirror of photos: imgur.com/a/YRb11os

Photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark iii, touched up in Lightroom.
 

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thank share , good to see internal board look , coz my DVT-4 unopened :)
 

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Beautifully done :D awesome.
the usb connector might have been used during the sega chihiro development and not being usb, but JVS. but according to a few pictures and documents surfacing, we also think it might have been used by Ms themselves for a 5th usb port, on some pictures we can see a similiar connector on the xbox motherboard that goes to the MCPX where documenst seem to indicate a 5th usb port was there. (the PC counter part of the mcpx does have them)
 
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