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.

 

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  • ZprivateZ

    Microsoft doesn’t ban to keep live safe, how would playing a pirated game keep live unsafe lol, why is the ban so random if its to keep live safe not all modders get banned some do some don’t. This is just their propaganda they ban this time of year every year, why? to boost holidayend of the year sales. They know most of these so called modders will buy another console hence why the haven’t used gamertag bans but rather mainly only console bans to generate more console sales and boost profits. If they banned cheaters then I could see them saying they are trying to keep live safe, sure playing a pirated game is wrong but it doesn’t make live unsafe haha thats just a joke to think it does this is Microsoft people all they care about is your money.

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  • Quaranj

    I agree with the ban everyone in MW2. I’m sure Activision/Treyarch have a list of people who are authorized to have it for testing purposes. If you bought it somehow, too bad, take it up with your retailer who didn’t follow the rules. I’m sure replacing your console would be cheaper for them than a lawsuit from MS for selling prior to release.

    Hey Stepto, you hiring? I have some really sneaky ideas.

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  • Wingman1977

    Quaranj, your dumb idea of banning those who have a retail copy of MW2 is the dumbest one I’ve heard and MS will never follow it. Your fail.

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  • Dawg360

    awsome!

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  • RossD219

    the problem with the mass banning of consoles is that it does catch innocent people in the crossfire (and this is without getting into the whole “fair use” debate. that’s a whole other thorny bush which my view of, in short, is that the TOS contravenes fair use, but that’s another thing for another day). This was proved when the ODST bannings went on and people who had legit copies were banned amongst the pirates, I don’t know if there’s any possible way for the xbox team to differentiate between legit copies delivered early, and pirated versions, but if there is, they should be utilising it, no matter how time consuming, since it is manifestly unfair on those who have the game by legit means. There is of course the whole “well they should wait till release day to play” issue, but in my opinion, as soon as it’s discovered that there’s a leak in the supply chain, the entire release date should be brought forward.

    I know of someone who has a flashed DVD drive, however, this was only done after his drive persistently scratched discs beyond repair, and Microsoft told him that the extended warranty didn’t cover disc drives, leading him to develop an attitude along the lines of “you know what, why am I letting them shaft me on prices for games and accessories?”. I also know personally of 3 people who also use a flashed arcade console to play backups offline (separate console to the one used for LIVE), because of the disk drive issues.

    so in short, my view is that banning the pirates is all well and good, but when you start banning people who’ve been put in that position (playing backups, not piracy, which I’m in no way condoning) because their console is broken in a way your warranty doesn’t cover, despite it having been a common complaint, then I do begin to have issues.

    I also have enormous issues with the banning of consoles, because of just how easy it is to just “hand ’em in” and get a shiny new 360, while some kid who might be a little less well off comes in, buys a preowned box, and can’t use it online because of what the previous owner’s done to it, I’m pretty sure the legality of it is somewhat borderline, and it’s inherently wrong in a moral sense; however, the cynic in me says that this’ll remain the way it is, purely because Microsoft make no money from second had console sales.

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  • CochransLac

    Now if you guys would do the same for cheaters we would be very happy.

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  • RossD219

    woah, I did space those paragraphs out. Honest!

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  • CaNiBaL Elite

    Modded consoles for pirated games means less money for the gaming industry and a ban is good thing. When it come to modded controllers, fair game players get owned by cheaters. I believe modded controllers break the ToS so where are the bans?

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  • Arsenic13

    My friend got caught. At least this doesnt ban tags. I don’t dare mod though. I like building up a collection😀

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  • Lynch182

    @AnEternalEnigma how am i a fanboy? i dare say i’ve had my xbox longer than you, i dare say i’ve spent more on my xbox than you, purchased the premium pack the day it came out and a year later i got an elite console, before that i had the original xbox console. i’ve sent my console back for repair 3times due to the ring of death and it freezing, then after that they sent me a refurb back which scratched about 5discs and then i sent that back. you cannot tell me that i am wrong in saying microsoft xbox 360’s are cheaply made and full of faults, and you can’t tell me that sony aren’t a more reliable manufacturer. i tell you the next time my console dies i will be doing everything i can to get games cheap, at the expense of microsoft, and i’ll keep doing it. @AnEternalEnigma you stick to your xbox, i’ll go on my reliable ps3.

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  • Wingman1977

    Actually, it does ban gamer tags now.

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  • HUM CHEE

    They missed one, this guy was bragging online today about how his console mods are untraceable…his gamertag is ( I KENPO I )

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  • Arsenic13

    My friends tag is still alive. He was banned today. It was just his box.

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  • CaNiBaL Elite

    This is out of the ToS
    use or distribute unauthorized cheats, macros, or scripts; or
    exploit a bug, or make an unauthorized modification, to any software or data to gain unfair advantage in a game , contest, or promotion.

    Modded controllers= Unauthorized modification, and change the Data to gain unfair advantage in the game. Doubt they will do nothing because they are more worried about money they don’t get from games except for microsoft game studios games.

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  • RossD219

    unauthorized modification to data is the key phrase there.

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  • Wingman1977

    RossD219, any modification you make to the 360 is never a authorized one. So no matter what modding your console to play “back up” aka pirated games is terms to get your console banned and your gt as well.

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  • RossD219

    it’s only a pirated game if you don’t own an original, legit copy of the game. I’m pretty sure UK law at least insists upon the right to backup, and to use the backups of any purchased data. it doesn’t allow piracy, one does not equal the other, however the two are treated exactly the same.

    And I was referring to the point about Modded controllers. from what I can tell from the ToS, it’s a grey area, it’s not modification of data, but it is a modification of an MS property, and would probably be prohibited, just not uder the LIVE ToS

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  • CaNiBaL Elite

    @RossD210 So if you use a modded controller to speed up the fire rate for an FPS. Wouldn’t that be a unauthorized modification of Data to gain the upperhand in the game?

    Below is a link now isn’t this like flahing your 360, except a hardware mod for controller. Stuff like this makes gaming UNFAIR on LIVE.
    http://www.gamermodz.com/Controller-Mod-Kits/products/40/

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  • NTICompassInc

    I am glad this is happening. I spend my money to get video games, I hate people who just think they can download them illegally and play for free. Stealing is stealing.
    Yes, I do have a modded XBOX (Orignal), but all that does is run XBMC, not play backups. I believe in homebrew, people should be able to write and run their own (open source) programs. But backups are no good.

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  • Wingman1977

    Ross, the bottom line is that if you play a pirated game on your 360 and it’s modded, your console is banned. Period and end of story.

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  • eiVaL

    1 guy on my friends list has a modded console an hes yet to be banned so till i see that “cheater mc cheat” stuff all over his profile im callin B.S. on these constant warnings.

    i actually seen him unlocking achievments for Madden 10 an Halo ODST WEEKS before they were officially released, so even those warnings about playing games early are B.S. its just too much trouble to actually mod in my opinion, im fine with my 2 Gamefly accounts – 8 games at a time for the price of 1 per month!!!!

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  • CaNiBaL Elite

    I think this sums it up better

    use the Service or related hardware to design, develop, or update unauthorized software;

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  • EDfromRED

    It’s too bad, but measures like these are needed to keep the video game industry strong and healthy. Congrats to Microsoft for promoting a healthy environment where gaming can prosper.

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  • RossD219

    @Wingman: I am aware of what it all entails, however, that doesn’t nesecarilly (I know that’s wrong) mean that the mechanisms being used are right. I don’t mod, not even for backups, mainly because (aside from fifa, which is saved to the HDD) my most played games are all arcade titles. all my posts are sort of “ideal world-sy”, but personally, I think the only system for backups (here’s a distinct irony) is to bdo whatever was done for the bannings of legit ODST players. people who have copies of the game have nothing to worry about, and the pirates still get caught.

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  • Sh8dy Player X

    Way to go microsoft bann those pirates, they should be held accountable for there actions.. They should learn to be like the rest us and pay for there games.. Like me personally ive spent thousands on games and accessories for my xbox..

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