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252w ago - Update: Microsoft's [Register or Login to view links] 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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semitope's Avatar
#5 - semitope - 252w ago
or you could just buy a PS3 so your game money is well worth it

not really. Thing is if you consider piracy, some folks actually can argue that they got more value out of their 360 than they would a ps3 (not hacked). Imagine buying 3 games would cost you 180$US (if they are new)-- most ppl wouldnt buy that many at all, but with piracy they buy 1 or 2 when they can and download so much more of the crap they would never consider buying

mihaiolimpiu's Avatar
#4 - mihaiolimpiu - 252w ago
Actually... news like this always makes me happy... should I mention I'm a ps3 fan? Fanboy?? whatever...

OGFRAKISTAN's Avatar
#3 - OGFRAKISTAN - 252w ago
or you could just buy a PS3 so your game money is well worth it

Nairb's Avatar
#2 - Nairb - 252w ago
Rule of thumb now adays. It is best to be on the safe side.

It is best to have a modified console and an unmodified console for your pirating needs.

semitope's Avatar
#1 - semitope - 252w ago
"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."

Utter rubbish. The same guys getting banned had to shell out money for live and playing a burnt disc does nothing to harm the safety and security of those not using burnt discs. It looks to me like they have no real argument for banning besides the fact you are doing something they don't like. Someone should sue!

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