214w ago - Update: Microsoft's MajorNelson has now officially confirmed the bans.
This Halloween it appears Microsoft has pulled a TRICK with no TREAT on modified XBox 360 console owners... specifically, mass bans have been initiated against them.
IGN (linked above) have confirmed this news, to quote: "We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs," a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN.
"In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE."
Though Microsoft wouldn't confirm specifically when these bannings took place, a quick look over on its official forums suggest it's been going on over the course of this past week.
Plenty of users have created threads on the technical feedback forum reporting of having their Xbox 360 console banned.
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Big brother has his eyes on you. lol. They monitor everything you do with your console. Who really knows the extent of the information they gather without our knowledge.
I actually know ppl who buy multiple 360s simply because they think being able to mod and download games for it is a lot more of a benefit than the cost of the console by itself and having to buy every game they want. I guess those are the hardcore gamers with less of an attention span. THey still buy some games but being able to download much more makes it that much better a deal for them.
I cant say I completely agree with them there but its something to consider.
I have 2 xbox 360 both flashed with ixtreame 1.6 both working great online yesterday 6th Novemeber.. did not turn on today as i heard about the bans. I quickly re flashed to original firmeware but when i connected to xbox live "BANNED". they must have a record of all modded xbox360 and banned them on certain days.
the only reason i modded was that i did not want to pay for 2 games while playing system link and live, now only play system link
never mind.. will now wait till xmas and buy 2 playstation 3 as gone off 360's now.
I agree with the xbox being a bad constructed machine, what will happen when the 360 is no longer supported by microsoft like xbox1 is right now. Imagine all the RROD machines, people will have piles of this units some self repaired or reconstruced. People pay a lot of money for this machines and they are like "renting" them because they will fail most likely down the road.
Sure you can backup games, but having an unreliable machine that can stop working any minute is not my idea of fun. I play mostly on weekends imagine if I had a 360 and finding it dead on saturday night, Im fsked up. This banning wave will make Microsoft a lot of money this holiday but will have thousands of people converting to the ps3. Even today the ps3 is doing so good with the new price and slim unit and this banning wave has to be one more nail in the 360 coffin.
Some one wants to sack the retard who come up with that at microsoft, simply because.a good percentage of xbox 360 users only have the xbox 360 because of the ease to play backup games as cheap as £4. when microsoft ban these people all that it will do is push sales up at sony . sony only looses out to microsoft for this reason only i own both and the ps3 totally thrashes the 360 in all departments and is a much better built machine.. my 3rd 360 to date all them red rings of death...
i do not see microsoft paying out the millions of people who have been ripped off by sub standard products like ruining discs , red rings etc... and who are they to tell you what you can and can not do to your property after you have paid £180 for a sub standard x box 360. AND PAYING £50 FOR BEEN ABLE TO PLAY ONLINE .... SONY WILL BE LAPING THIS UP GOOD ON YOU MICROSOFT IN THE HEAD YOU HAVE DONE SONY A FAVOUR.