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Xbox 360 ban message detailing the user's violation of Microsoft terms of service. (Source: Xbox-Scene)
The Xbox 360 modders strike back against Xbox Live

In the latest game of cat and mouse, Xbox 360 firmware modders have developed a new drive software version that “defeats all current and some future Xbox Live detection attempts.”

This new release comes less than two weeks since Microsoft started banning Xbox 360 consoles that play copied discs on Xbox Live. “As part of our commitment to our members, we do not allow people that we have detected to have modified their console to connect to Live. This is an important part of our efforts to try and maintain a fair gaming environment for the large majority of gamers that play by the rules,” a Microsoft employee wrote on the banning measures.

Microsoft added the ability in its latest spring dashboard software to detect the running of copied game software. To counteract this new anti-piracy measure, modders released updated disc drive firmware prior to the Xbox update introducing various features, such as disc jitter, in an effort to further the exploit. Such efforts were ineffectual, as consoles running the updated firmware were still being banned.

The latest new firmware released earlier this week appears to have finally masked the playing of “backups” from Xbox Live detection. As noted in by Xbox-Scene, the new firmware boots only purposefully created “Stealth Xtreme” backups.

What the new firmware will not do is re-enable Xbox 360s already banned from Xbox Live to hop back online. For consoles already caught running copied software, it’s game over.





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