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Will Xbox Live ban help cut 360 piracy?

"The news came out yesterday but the effect will be ongoing - Microsoft have banned up to 1 million modded Xbox 360s from access to the online Xbox Live service. Owners of the modded consoles - used to play pirated games - will still be able to play offline but this is an interesting move from Microsoft. For a start the timing is everything. It can't be a coincidence that this news was announced the day after the release of Modern Warfare 2 - the game certain to be the most played title on Xbox Live for a long time to come.

The ban is also the next step in the games industry's battle against piracy. Stopping modding consoles and cracked games is probably impossible but barring access to online services is potentially a huge deterrent to piracy. This is especially true on Xbox 360 where so many games are built around online play.

What do you think then? Own a modded console and unhappy with ban? Or is this good news for owners of legitimate consoles?"

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anh_duong3730d ago (Edited 3730d ago )

i am not sure it will.. why? because people who had never heard of piracy (and believe it or not there are quite a few casual gamers who haven't) will now likely likely start looking into the subject of console modding.. you might say what about xbox live i.e. why mod a console if you can't go on-line. well as far as i am aware only 50/60% of xbox consoles are connected to live - the rest never go online... for them banning online play is no big deal..

furthermore there are a lot of dual console owners who might be tempted to mod one console for 1 player games and keep the other console clean for online.. of course they will need two gamertags but saving a couple of hundred bucks a year is probably a price worth paying to have to play with two gamertags..

xbox piracy hit the mainstream yesterday with every major news outlet reporting the story.. i think now everyone is aware that you can save 50 bucks by downloading xbox games..

i am not sure ms did the right thing by letting the subject hit mainstream media..

in my opinion they should have rolled out the banning bit by bit so the issue of xbox being hackable remains solely in the realms of the hardcore/knowledegable community.

Ilikegames763730d ago

but it will certainly drive up the console sale numbers.