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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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By vitul on 5/18/2007 10:41:29 PM , Rating: 0
by exdeath on May 18, 2007 at 5:35 PM

Illegally modified? Excuse me? So if I paint it pink it's illegal?

If I put an after market intake and exhaust on my car, is it illegally modified?

Give me a fvking break.

What right does someone have to tell you what you can or can't do with something that you paid the asking price for? I bought it, I will take it apart and do what ever the fvck I want with it. It's not a lease.

Keeping out people with pirated games is one thing, but simply banning on the basis of the machine being modified is absolute BS.

you do realize just how illegal it is to change the firmware of a drive without permission.

as far as the intake and exaust those arent illegal they are LEGAL modifications.

people are violating the terms and services of the xbox 360 which is why they got banned. kinda of like if u violate the law you get punished.

By exdeath on 5/19/07, Rating: 0
By jadedeath on 5/19/2007 12:02:53 PM , Rating: 1
No offense, but you seem like the type of guy who would walk down the middle of the road because 'the man' tells you to walk on the sidewalk.

You're free to do as you please with the things you spend your money on, but just don't expect to go on Xbox-Live with a modded 360.

This post has been brought to you by the thought police, we're watching.


By newcastlenellie on 5/19/2007 6:34:28 AM , Rating: 4
yeah the inatke and exhaust arent illeagal. however if you get your engine remapped to higher higher bhp without telling your insurance company then have a crash they generally dont pay out. its the same thing the remap is changing the firmware of your car which is sort of the same as changing the firmware of your dvd drive

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