Microsoft’s decision to ban gamers from Xbox Live as punishment for allegedly modifying their consoles has spurred many to simply sell their Xbox 360s through eBay, it has emerged. Earlier today, the number of Xbox 360s described as “banned” on eBay’s UK website was steadily growing, with prices for such machines ranging between …
Surely it's the xbox live user that is banned, not the console?
Any user that connects to xbox live using one of these consoles probably will end up banned, unless they de-mod them first.
listing as not banned
I don't think you can list consoles as being modified or chipped in anyway. probably why no-one is touting that particular "feature" of the consoles
Consoles can be banned
No, consoles can be banned as well as accounts. This is because some of the repeat offenders of not just using mod chips but also spamming and sending unsuitable material around just buy a new Xbox live account.
So to deal with this Microsoft ban the whole console.
It's the sort of things some kids do, to sell broken things callously and laugh off any repercussions with their friends. There really are some intricacies involved in selling an XBOX360 and a lot of customer concerns to address. I sold one and was asked what processor it had in it, it was a Xenon, if it had a power supply with it. although wrote in the item description that it did and I was asked if it was banned.
Good way to kill 2nd hand xbox market
Force users into buying new units.
Ban 1m consoles permanently, and then nobody can trust buying 2ndhand units... Microsoft have been rather crafty about this, they will reap the benefits for a long time, from clueless fanboys that buy a replacement 360 because they are locked into the platform with games and XBL accounts.
(The timing was also planned too, it's no coincidence that it happened just AFTER MW2 was launched, where it would cause the most pain to gamers).
Cheap media centre extender
Does anyone know if this "ban" stops the xbox's media playback and media centre abilities? Does it stop one from playing games offline?
If not it sounds like I might be able to pick up a bargin, as I'm a very light gamer and certainly not paying MS for online gaming.
Too risky buying second-hand
Even if a 360 hasn't already been banned, there's no guarantee that it hasn't been flagged and will get hit by the next ban-wave, so it seems rather dodgy buying any second-hand 360 if you want to use it on Live or use the HD install feature.
I'm generally too nervous to buy second-hand mobiles as well, as some twisted seller could easily report it stolen and leave you with an expensive paper-weight once you've bought it.
Beer, 'cos it's more reliable.