Controller Mods = Xbox Live Bans


Son of Liberty
As many as 600,000 Xbox 360s were banned from the Xbox Live service this week in the latest in a series of crackdowns by Microsoft on illegally modified consoles.

The banned machines -- a "small percentage" of the millions of Xbox 360s around the world -- are alleged to have been modified in ways that violate Xbox Live's terms of service, but Microsoft won't say exactly how they can tell, nor exactly how many users were affected. Banned consoles can still play games, but can't connect to the Xbox Live service for multiplayer gaming, content downloads or software updates.

"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," Microsoft said in a statement today.

Wave of bans hits Xbox Live - Plugged In - Yahoo! Games
I didnt think that Modding a controller would conjure up such a harsh punishment. I put this in General because I'm sure if Microsoft does it, so does Sony for modded controllers.

And then there are the cases like this poor couple who got banned:

Jeff can no longer play his two Xbox 360s online because Microsoft has banned him with no explanation. When he calls customer service, he says he's accused of modding his consoles, which he insists he hasn't.

Yet he's guilty until proven innocent, and Microsoft isn't willing to hear him out. He writes:

My console and my fiance's console were caught up in the Mass Banning going on by Microsoft in their latest Pirate Witch Hunt. My fiance is a chef, and plays games like Viva Pinata, Arcade Games, and can't figure out how to remove the battery pack, much less tear apart her system to "mod" anything.

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Damn that would suck, especially if you had no way to convince them otherwise.


Certified Shitlord
I agree with the banning of pirates and modders 100%, but I think Microsoft should be clear about their criteria.


Registered Member
Break the Terms of Service you can't use Xbox live.

I'm not surprised. But MS seems to clean house in big sweeps. Not with small strokes.


Trust me, I'm The Doctor.
I used to report people left and right for using modded controllers in Call of Duty 4. I'm glad Microsoft is cracking down on them finally. I really hate cheaters, especially online.


Do What Thou Wilt
I fail to see how modifying the controller has ANYTHING to do with pirated games. Sure, it may make players douchebags because their controllers are ubber, but it i no way has anything to dow with pirated games.


AKA Ass-Bandit
Modified controllers are generally altered to be able to cheat. For instance, by adding in auto-aim.


It's not me, it's you.
I don't care about these people getting banned.

My neighbor was just telling me how to pirate games and play them...I told him no thanks, I like my xbox live too much. lol


Creeping On You
It would suck to get banned even though you are doing nothing wrong.

But I agree with banning of controller mods for cheating. Nothing makes me angrier than losing a match because someone cheated as opposed to me just sucking. I can stand losing, doesn't bother me one bit. But to lose to some cheap bastard who decides to ruin everyone elses fun. I seriously wonder about these people. Is their life that much better because they can get 20 more kills than anyone else?