Microsoft disconnected 600,000 Xbox 360 users, or 3% of all users, from Xbox Live today for having modified Xboxes that allow them to play pirated games. Microsoft have booted the users because using a modded Xbox 360 violates the terms of 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.”
I think it’s a shame that most console modders do software or hardware mods (inserting a chip) just so that they can play pirated games. I’m surprised that so many users have been connecting to Xbox Live with modded consoles as Microsoft were always going to get around to banning them at some point. The ban will also be permanent as it’s at a device level, so to get back onto Xbox Live users will have to buy a new Xbox 360 console rather than just registering a new Xbox Live account.
Modding a console can provide so much more than just getting a few games for free, and it’s shame that so many users have only modded to do this. In the past I proudly owned two modded Xboxs running XBMC exclusively that I used as my main media centers. To this day XBMC remains one of the best free media center programs, and I would still be using it if I hadn’t switched to building Windows Media Centers so that I have full HD support. In fact, I still have my modded Xboxs sitting in a corner. They are broken but easily fixable and my original intention was to give them away, but I haven’t bothered as I know whoever I give my Xboxes too will keep coming back to me for support that I don’t have the time to give.
Were you one of the Xbox 360 users who Microsoft banned?