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Xbox 360 ban message detailing the user's violation of Microsoft terms of service. (Source: Xbox-Scene)
Microsoft's Xbox 360 now able to sniff out illegitimate copies of games

More than a year has passed since the release of the Xbox 360 DVD-ROM firmware hack to allow the play of backup games and bootleg copies. Those with hacked firmware had the ability to play copied games, mostly burned onto dual-layer DVD recordable discs, even online Xbox Live.

For a while, it seemed that such firmware modifications were undetectable by Microsoft – but that appears to have all changed with the latest Xbox 360 system software released last week.

Word came from the Xbox 360 hacking community that the Spring Update may have the ability to detect those who were playing copied games. More specifically, the system software would be able to determine the legitimacy of the disc in the DVD drive, not necessarily targeting any specific method of modification.

As a pre-emptive measure, hackers released updated disc drive firmware introducing various features, such as disc jitter, in an effort to further the exploit. Such efforts, however, appear to be all for naught, as report on Xbox-Scene indicates that Microsoft is now banning from Xbox Live users with modified DVD-ROM drives, regardless of firmware version.

The banning measures appear to have started alongside the release of the Halo 3 beta, perhaps in what is best described as a crackdown on Crackdown bootlegged copies that contained Halo 3 beta access. Just as it did during the original Xbox days, Microsoft is permanently banning modified consoles from connecting to Xbox Live, but not the user account.

Microsoft acknowledges its new initiative with an entry in its Gamerscore Blog: “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. This topic is more important than ever given the recent release of the Halo 3 beta.”

The blog continues, “As a result, some consumers that try to login to Live who we detect have illegally modified their console will get an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 - 190D) when trying to connect to the service. These users will not have their account automatically banned from LIVE, but they will no longer be able to access the service from the console they modified. We have stated in the past that customers can only enjoy access to the Xbox LIVE community through the use of a genuine, unmodified, Xbox console and we will continue to enforce this rule to ensure the integrity of our service, the protection of our partners and the benefits of our users.”

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RE: Tough love
By tuteja1986 on 5/18/2007 6:04:52 AM , Rating: 0
I buy all my games so i don't have to worry about that. But i can see Kids and Student being annoyed. Can't blame them game price are really high especially if you live somewhere like Australia. They work at places like Macdonald which hardies covers up collage fee. But a person with a good job and downloads all his game is the problem !!

RE: Tough love
By Adahiyast on 5/18/07, Rating: 0
RE: Tough love
By Devo2007 on 5/18/2007 6:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
......and you can't spell either, so you have no right to pick apart someone's grammar.

Back on topic though, I also agree that the modders have no right to be upset about this. Microsoft has long-stated that they can do this, and frankly, they have every right to. If you play backups on your 360, then you're banned from XBox Live -- sounds fair to me.

RE: Tough love
By Adahiyast on 5/23/07, Rating: 0
RE: Tough love
By oneils on 5/25/2007 5:50:34 PM , Rating: 2
embarrassing, not embarressing.

McDonalds = McDondald's

McDonald's also pays quite well

RE: Tough love
By jacarte8 on 5/18/2007 8:51:21 AM , Rating: 3
Also, emoticons are for the weak. Australia should be capitalized, as it is a proper noun.

RE: Tough love
By KaiserCSS on 5/18/2007 9:48:16 AM , Rating: 5
lol, grammar fight.

RE: Tough love
By Spivonious on 5/18/2007 10:00:18 AM , Rating: 1
By your logic, I should be allowed to use someone else's Ferarri, because as a poor entry-level programmer, I can't afford $400,000 cars. It's not my fault, it's Ferarri's for pricing their cars so high!

RE: Tough love
By jadedeath on 5/18/2007 11:35:55 AM , Rating: 1
But if your analogy were true, it wouldn't involve borrowing someone else's Ferarri, it would be stealing it.


RE: Tough love
By Scrogneugneu on 5/18/2007 7:33:23 PM , Rating: 3
More like instantly creating a copy of someone else's Ferrari, so you would end up with a Ferrari you didn't pay for, but nobody lost one.

RE: Tough love
By abhaxus on 5/20/2007 2:10:44 AM , Rating: 2
You could put your stem cells next to someone else's ferrari... and then they could create your very own ferrari! Turns out those 33 aborted fetuses didn't go to waste afterall!

RE: Tough love
By borismkv on 5/18/2007 6:08:04 PM , Rating: 5
I've learned a cool rule. Whenever someone says something like, "By that logic" in a discussion, you can completely ignore everything that follows. That said, I agree that game piracy is a problem, even though I believe that game companies making crappy games that few feel are worth the money they charge for them.

RE: Tough love
By jadedeath on 5/19/2007 12:15:23 AM , Rating: 1
If you don't feel a game is worth it, there are alternatives to outright copying someone elses game.

Like wait until it comes on previously viewed at your local game retailer or movie store, then buy it when it hits it's cheapest price.


RE: Tough love
By ViperROhb34 on 5/18/2007 9:02:57 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah.. Im hearing alot of babies..

I've had ONE SINGLE COPY of my favorite games.. and guess what... I take care of them because I PAID FOR THEM..
If you buy them.. all you have to do it that !!

RE: Tough love
By Christopher1 on 5/20/07, Rating: -1
RE: Tough love
By kmiller1700 on 5/21/2007 2:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
O RLY? how much? I'll give you no dollars for it


RE: Tough love
By nwrigley on 5/22/2007 11:52:44 AM , Rating: 3
You honestly don't believe that there are people in the world who put disks back into their cases as soon as they are done?

I have also never scratched a game enough that it wouldn't play.

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