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Microsoft bans one million Xbox consoles

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With the coming of the highly anticipated first-person-shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Microsoft has banned as many as 1 million Xbox 360 consoles from the Xbox Live Service, rendering the consoles completely useless for playing online.

The reason for this sounds valid enough, Microsoft claims all the barred machines have been modified by chip or software, in order to play pirated games.

With some 20 million consoles worldwide sold, the ban affects a good 5% of the users.

In order to play Xbox games online again, a fresh console is needed. Microsoft has made a point about the users themselves not being banned, that it’s merely the invalid consoles that’s been grounded. For life, seemingly.

However, the modifications made would also allow users to play unofficial games on the console, games that are not necessarily pirated. Several users now denied full functionality also claim they have modded their Xbox to be able to make backups of their legally aquired games.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8356621.stm
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