Microsoft has started banning modified Xbox 360 consoles from its online Xbox Live service.
The company has announced “a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to modded consoles connecting to Live”. Users attempting to connect to the online service with a banned console receive an error message with the status code Z: 8015 – 190D.
Gamers modify consoles for a variety of reasons, very few of them with legitimate intentions. The most common use is to allow the playing of copied games, usually pirated versions, although some argue that the ability to copy games allows them to use backup versions and keep the original version stored safely elsewhere.
People also modify consoles to allow the running of other operating systems and applications or to circumvent cheat prevention systems.
Microsoft is not banning the users’ accounts, but rather the systems themselves. Users will not be automatically banned from Live, but will no longer be able to access the service from the modified console.
The move is to help prevent “inappropriate behaviour like hacking or cheating “, according to Microsoft. The company will “continue to enforce this rule to ensure the integrity of the service and protect our partners and users”.
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