How to Use DVDs to Burn Xbox 360 Games for Free

By Jeff Grundy

The optical discs used for Xbox 360 games may look the same as standard computer or movie DVDs, but there are some significant differences. Microsoft produces Xbox 360 discs with Dual Layer technology that makes the media unrecognizable in many home DVD players or computer optical drives. Even if you have a computer DVD burner drive that can recognize discs created with the special Xbox 360 format, you must alter game files on the disc before you can burn them. Fortunately, free software makes it relatively easy to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank DVD +R Dual Layered disc
  • PC with CD/DVD burner drive capable of burning Dual Layered discs
  • Original Xbox 360 game disc
  • DVD Decrypter
  • ESR Patcher Utility
  • CD/DVD burning application

Step 1

Ensure that the DVD burner drive in your PC is capable of burning DVD +R Dual Layered discs. Refer to the user's guide for the burner or visit the manufacturer website for detailed information on the type of DVD discs your drive supports.

Step 2

Download and save DVD Decrypter on your PC (see "Resources"). Double-click the downloaded setup file and install DVD Decrypter. Reboot the computer if prompted by the installation utility.

Step 3

Download the ESR Patcher Utility (see "Resources"). The ESR Patcher Utility is an executable file, so you do not need to install it on your computer.

Step 4

Launch the DVD Decrypter program on your computer. Click "Tools/Settings/General." Click and enable the "Remove IFO/RUP RC Protection," "Remove IFO/BUP RCE Protection" and "Remove IFO/BUO PUOs" options. Click the "OK" button.

Step 5

Click "File/Mode/ISO" on the menu bar. Insert the Xbox 360 game disc into the burner drive of your computer. Click the "Write" button. Wait while DVD Decrypter writes the files from the game disc to an ISO image file on your computer. Remove the original Xbox 360 disc after the programs finishes creating the ISO file.

Step 6

Double-click the download ESR Patcher Utility file to launch the program. Browse to the folder where you save the ISO image file created with DVD Decrypter. Highlight the image file, and then click the "Patch" button. Wait while the ESR Patcher Utility adds needed encryption files to the image file. Close the utility when prompted.

Step 7

Launch DVD Decrypter or another CD/DVD burning application. Click and enable "Image" or "ISO" mode in the burning application. Insert the blank DVD +R Dual Layered disc into the burner drive of your computer.

Step 8

Click the "Add Image" or "Browse" button in the burning application. Locate the patched ISO files and select it in the file browser window. Click the "Add" or "Open" button.

Step 9

Click the "Burn" or "Write" button in the burning program to copy the image file to the blank disc. Remove the disc when the burning application finishes burning the image and ejects the disc. The burned disc is playable in the Xbox 360 console.