Xbox Bans Modified Consoles For Life To Fight Piracy
Users of Xbox who have modified their consoles to play pirated games have been banned for life by Microsoft and will have to purchase a new console to be able to play Xbox games online via Xbox Live again. The banned consoles will not be able to connect to Xbox Life, but their owners will have an option of using their old account on a newly purchased console. It is estimated up to one million gamers might have been affected by Microsoft's ban. Some users maintain they are not Xbox cheats and have modified their consoles for purposes other than playing pirated games, such as installing bigger hard drives or doing disk back-ups.
Questions have been raised about gamers selling their banned consoles to second-hand users without notifying them. There are reports of blacklisted consoles flooding online resale sites like Craigslist and Ebay.
"Users of banned Xbox consoles can recover their profile to another, unmodified Xbox 360 console to resume their Live service," the firm told BBC News
The timing of the statement coincides with the release this week of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," a highly anticipated Xbox 360 game. The game's release means big sales — but also sales of pirated copies, which are illegal.
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