Major Nelson Weighs In On 360 Console Bans

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb discusses the recent string of Xbox Live piracy console bannings, delivering an important caveat to those purchasing used machines in the process.

Last week Microsoft launched a string of Xbox Live console bans on Xbox 360s that had been modified to play pirated software, which naturally caused an uproar among people who have modified their Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated software. Go figure. Major Nelson explains that it's all for the sake of the community members that actively spend money on games.

As you may have read online, we've been actively banning consoles from Xbox LIVE that have been modified to play pirated games. Our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community remains a top priority. All consumers should know that piracy is illegal, and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs, violates the Xbox LIVE terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox LIVE. The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them.

It's all common sense, really, but then the Major raises a very important point.

This would also be a good time to remind you that the warranty on an Xbox 360 console is not transferrable and if you purchase a used console that has been previously banned, you will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE.

Since most game retailers don't check to see if a 360 can connect to Xbox Live prior to taking it in used, you very well could wind up with a system that is unable to connect to Xbox Live at all. Luckily most retailers return used consoles without much hassle. Just make sure you check your Xbox Live connection within the return period and you should be fine.

Xbox 360 Console Bans [Major Nelson]


    microsoft says that costomers pay for GENUINE products???? thats why my xbox has RROD'D 6 Times

      RROD 6 times? sounds like user error to me

    Yeah, I bought a used 360 at EB Games on the Gold Coast and it was already banned. EB Games is replacing it though, so all good.

    Y'all making me lol at ur stupid lil ways we do it cause we have 2 not cause we want 2. I can remember when I bought my 1st xbox which is banned now y'all said it was tampered with when it was wasn't so I said the hell with it build a core of ur old workers in beaten u at ur own game u know we will win cause 4.1 we all ready have a link 2 flash that ty microsoft idiots

      Please try to post in english, please.

    if you want people to quit modding lower the prices XBOX is raping their comsumers!!!!!

    there'll always be modding and always be the corporates... Just like the Drug War, never gonna end... but I have to agree with Hard Rock... 39.99 a game would be a rememdy... It's a recession anyway!!!

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