Microsoft bans users with modified Xbox 360 from LIVE

Posted on Friday, May 18 2007 @ 13:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The guys from TechPowerUp report Microsoft has started banning people with modded Xbox 360 consoles from the LIVE network:
It appears that Microsoft has managed to find a way to recognize Xbox360 consoles with modified firmwares (both Hitachi-LG and Toshiba-Samsung drives) and start banning them from the LIVE network. Even people using the new firmwares with disc-jitter added get banned. As a result, consumers who try to login to LIVE with a modified console will get an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 - 190D) when trying to connect to the service.
According to the reports Microsoft doesn't ban the LIVE account, they ban the console unique ID serial.

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Re: Microsoft bans users with modified Xbox 360 from LIVE
by Anonymous on Friday, May 18 2007 @ 13:52 CEST
I don't and won't own an XBox, so can someone who does tell if the 'you don't own it, we are letting you use it' license scheme that M$ applies to their crap, I mean, software is in effect also?

To wit; you pay for the XBox, but M$ still owns it, so you aren't allowed to modify it's hardware, software, firmware, etc.

Just curious?

  • Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 12:25 CEST

    to be honest live belongs to microsoft, so if they want to ban modified consoles then they can.

    I believe the user agreement states by using this console you agree to be bound by the terms, of which not modifying it beyond the manufacturers recomended upgrades is in effect

  • Reply by Anonymous on Monday, Jun 04 2007 @ 18:59 CEST

    Maybe, not so much you don't own it. They can't do much about you modding, You just keep it offline. Xbox Live is a service they provide and they own the rights to let you use or lose it. As far as flashing your firmware or w/e else mod. Feel free.