Microsoft Bites Back

Up to 600,000 Xbox users may find they can no longer access Xbox Live. Those affected are those that have modified their consoles in order to play pirated games; a move that is contributing to almost £1 billion loss for the gaming industry, each year.

The consoles will still work, but modifying it will void the warranty and get you banned from the Xbox Live service. Modifications to an Xbox enable them to run unofficial software and pirated games. Microsoft released a statement which clearly outlines their stance on the situation:


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…

Microsoft has some 20 million customers on its Xbox Live service.

Source: BBC News