Update: It’s quite astonishing some of the misinformation and confusion which is flooding out of Microsoft’s PR team these days. There’s a puzzling haze over pretty much everything which is being said about the upcoming Xbox One, with the latest being the status of Xbox One games, should you be subject to having your XBL account banned for various misdemeanours.
The original tweet and Jim’s post are preserved below, but we now have something of a retraction from Microsoft, as the Xbox Support team, @XboxSupport1, replied to the inevitable backlash tweets they had stirred up:
— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport1) June 15, 2013
So, they weren’t talking about the Xbox One, and instead about the Xbox 360 situation. Except that this isn’t stepping away from the brink, but rather sidestepping the issue for a few days. There’s still the possibility that XBL bans might well result in losing access to your games, but we just don’t know yet.
Can someone get the PR team an all-encompassing fact sheet, for next week?
The original post:
Even after the initial Xbox One reveal and Microsoft’s stellar E3 press conference, there are still questions about the company’s next-generation console that remain unanswered.
One topic that did receive some closure, however, was that of Xbox Live bans. As we know already the Xbox One requires a daily connection to the internet and games can only be played on the console if the user owns a license.
When asked whether a consumer’s access to their licensed products would be revoked if banned, Xbox Support replied with the following tweet.
@dohertymark If your account is banned, you also forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tied to it as listed in the ToU. ^AC
— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport1) June 14, 2013
So there you have it; involve yourself in any form of online mischief and kiss goodbye to an entire library of games.
Though there are only a minute portion of online users who partake in such activity, what would be the ramifications if users were wrongly/mistakenly banned by Microsoft? Needless to say it’s a slippery slope and only gives savvy consumers another reason to pledge themselves to the PlayStation 4.