Microsoft bans modified Xbox users from playing
14th Nov 2008 | 10:30
Gamers who have tinkered with their boxes are finding life just got worse
Microsoft has taken a new tack in the war against piracy by banning users who try to connect to the Xbox Live server using a modified Xbox 360.
What is interesting is how nobody has really worked out how Microsoft is separating the modified 360s from the legitimate ones, with some gamers saying that turning on the console with a 'backed-up' (cough*pirated*cough) game without the network cable attached still means they are blocked.
Microsoft has published something of an explanation on its Major Nelson forum, which gives the inside skinny on the workings of the Xbox team:
"In our continued effort to keep gameplay safe and secure for our community of more than 14 million members, Microsoft has taken action against a small percentage of Xbox 360 consoles that have been illegally modified in order to play pirated games.
"We will continue to employ and bolster anti-piracy security measures to counter piracy in the gaming industry and improve security in the Xbox LIVE community."