Modded Xbox Consoles Banned From Xbox Live

I took a delivery of a Linksys WRT54GS router just before the weekend which meant I could finally connect up all the computers / laptops / consoles in the house to the web. Seen as I’ve do most of my work at home to one side of the bedroom it also meant that in-between sites or updates to different projects I could start dabbling more in Xbox live (mcguireken if anyone is interested).

I’ve been reading of Conor O’Neill’s tweets on modding an original xbox and while I never got around to putting the Aladin mod chip I bought for my own original Xbox (traded in against the 360), I have been giving thought to modding the 360 and doing a little more with the console.

Until I read that they’ve banned modified consoles off Xbox Live. Isn’t half the fun of an Xbox the fact that you can modify them? Replace the dashboard, upgrade the hard drive, add some water-cooling, completely ‘geek it out’? I don’t see how extra disk space or a modified dashboard is going to corrupt your online play, so why ban people willing to try it?

Anyone using a modded Xbox (180 or 360) online or see a way around it?

Update: Engadget has screens from the story from before the weekend.


  1. Conor O'Neill May 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Oh and in any case, the Xecuter modchips have a disable feature so your modding should be invisible to MS when you need to go on to XBox Live.

  2. Ken McGuire May 21, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    If it can be disabled outright then I would go for it. Starting to enjoy the increased competition on Live.

    Starting to wish I had modded my old xbox, load up on movies and old SNES / Megadrive roms 🙂

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