November 4th 2009 3:00 pm PT

Xbox 360 Console Bans


As you may have read online, we’ve been actively banning consoles from Xbox LIVE that have been modified to play pirated games. Our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community remains a top priority. All consumers should know that piracy is illegal, and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs, violates the Xbox LIVE terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox LIVE. The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them.  This would also be a good time to remind you that the warranty on an Xbox 360 console is not transferrable and if you purchase a used console that has been previously banned, you will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE.


Industry, Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Rahul Duggal

    ^ Real sneaky of Microsoft , but i dont see anything wrong in that. But yeah PS3 is a better deal if you aint gonna play backups. My 2 Pence

  • AtheistCanuck

    For anyone that was saying a console ban for me having a blue avatar was too much. I only recieved a gamertag ban which doesnt matter as this is my 2nd account so it does affect shit.

  • XboXR360

    Stststststq what you do in your house with your purchased stuff is on you. What is to make them not disable the whole system. I don’t care about being banned personally it don’t mean s#&T to me. I will system link, I just don’t feel what they are doing is right. No im not gonna buy 5 ps3s but I will rent 3 of the same games. We can go back and forth all day about right and wrong. But like someone earlier said you can’t rob a crook. Microsoft is the biggest corporate crooks in the world. (Putting out Faulty hardware) Hey I paid for live but I don’t care now. Maybe if they would make better games that one can’t beat in 6 hours, then charge you 20 bucks for some content that should have been part of the game in the first place, less bootleggin. My Two Cents for what its worth.


    “Microsoft’s overall Q3 profit declines 18 percent to $3.57 billion(we ARE in a recession), but Entertainment and Devices income jumps from $159 million to $312 million; Xbox Live revenue up 50%, gaming revenue up $100 million.”

    Here are a few of the “major” publishers Q3 profits:

    Activision: “It looks like Activision’s estimates were spot-on, as their Q3 report notes an 84% rise in profits from US 67.9 million to US 124.8 million compared to last year.”

    Electronic Arts: “EA reported a $1.08 billion loss for the financial year ending March 2009. Revenue for the same period was up to $4.2 billion, a 15 percent rise from the previous year’s $3.6 billion.”

    Ubisoft: As for 2008-2009, Ubisoft’s revenue was €1,058 million, reaching the 1 billion euro milestone for the first time in its history.

    I want to first note that I am against “piracy”, yet you cannot tell me that a minority like those who pirate (high-ball 10% of the community) are really putting these companies in jeopardy.

    Look folks the list goes on, and whether or not these companies made or lost money they are still making billions of dollars. So for the 99% of you on this blog who are defending multi billion dollar corporations, you are sheep, believing everything you are told without question and I feel sorry for you. I also tried my best to look up Larry Hryb’s salary through public record with no results. I’m sure he makes a six figure income. He is not in danger. This is marketing propaganda, odd how it always happens in November. They don’t care about your “safety” on Xbox LIVE, they care about profits and nothing more. Yay for greed!

    P.S. How many of you who are whining about pirated games have pirated music and movies?

  • gelotto

    I will not be buying MF2 Tomorrow or playing any games ever because my 13 month old Arcade 360 has a bad Hitachi DVD drive.

  • EveofLight

    Thanks to the bans I had was able to remove QUITE a few people from my friends list :D

  • EveofLight

    From what I see people who are out of warranty are the people who usually mod their consoles since MS will not fix it for them until they pay the M$ repair fee. Since they see M$ is not taking anymore responsibility for that console anymore they take over and do whatever they can and want. I could care less about piracy since I buy all my games cheap.
    Most of my consoles and games are single player so playing online is not a big thing when I buy a PS3 next year. The only reason I play on Live is because of my sister and all we old biddies do is just talk and watch movies. I could let myself go to silver and we could still talk in private chat.
    I will be buying more PS3 games in the future like I have done in the past with my other consoles when a new one came along and Xbox will be a thing of the past, I will probably by some exclusive for the 360 but it will be no big thing when I leave it behind.

  • Quezcotl

    DrGONJA, who the f cares?
    the reason why prices is always gonna go up is because of piracy, now you can claim its BS and everything, but as long as some does the piracy the corp will always have a legit excuse.
    Also, why do you care what someone makes or not, is that the issue? you’re a robin hood irl also? Microsoft doesnt own game company, why do you check what EA and MS makes? are you suprised they are doing well? how about lesser companies, thats not okay to dl from? and why is that? because they doesnt make good games which leads to profits?
    if a game sucks, it will sell and gets profits, but we who pay for it shouldnt have to drag others with us, we are the reason why you guys can dl illegal, so the one you should suck up to is us,and your failing big time leachers…


    Quezcotl, did you just try to make a point? Because it didn’t get across…….