Microsoft starts new ban wave against Xbox 360 modders

By on November 21, 2007, 8:56 AM
Microsoft today has started a new wave of Xbox Live bannings against those who have modified their 360 DVD firmware or DVD+/-R DL discs to play copied games. According to numerous reports on Xbox-Scene’s forums, the banning campaign appears to affect console modders using Toshiba-Samsung and Hitachi-LG drives with both Xtreme and even the newer iXtreme firmwares.

It remains unknown, however, if Microsoft is detecting the modified firmware or the discs. As always, Microsoft bans only console serial numbers from its online service, not Xbox Live accounts. Nevertheless, one would think that the fear of having their console bricked should be enough to keep most people off. Interestingly, the banning campaign is nicely timed with the holiday shopping season and the fact the Halo 3 map pack is due for release soon.

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beef_jerky4104 said:
I think it's a dumb idea. People should be able to do whatever they like with their property.
deathstar17 said:
Not really, Microsoft spent money to develop it, and they don't want people ripping them off and pirating the games.
gman07 said:
[b]Originally posted by deathstar17:[/b][quote]Not really, Microsoft spent money to develop it, and they don't want people ripping them off and pirating the games.[/quote]Microsoft isn't losing out on this. You've already purchased the console and they have your money. Once it's yours than you should be able to do with it as you please.Microsoft doesn't care about the game makers making any money as they don't have any input on that. The ones who are losing out are the game makers not Microsoft.
chance1138 said:
Well, Microsoft does officially publish some games. The main reason they do not want people modifying their consoles is because of what may be able to be done. Things such as modifying or pirating games, hacking Xbox Live, etc. Even though people may not have done all of this, they could, in theory.I agree that it is crap. I paid for hardware to do with as I choose, but I guess if a company is straighforward with what the consequences could be, they can do as they please as well.
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