The first news about Microsoft possibly banning modified Xbox 360 consoles from the Xbox Live service started to emerge yesterday on several popular Xbox 360 forums. It is possible to modify the firmware of the Xbox 360 drive to play backups, home brew games, and install third party applications. A modded Xbox 360 can also be used to play copied games downloaded from the Internet or traded with friends.
There has been no official confirmation from Microsoft about this issue but the frequency of the posts can only lead to the conclusion that Microsoft is actually banning Xbox 360 systems with modded firmwares.
Most users are suddenly experiencing a disconnect from Xbox Live with the inability to reconnect. A test results in the following status codes:
w: 0000 - 0021
x: 0000 - f001
y: 00a8 - 6820
z: 8015 - 1900
It seems that Microsoft is not banning the gamer tag but the machine code of the system. Some users report that Xbox 360 users without a modded firmware got banned as well. It remains to be seen if we can get a official statement from Microsoft about what is happening right now. A good way to receive all the latest information is the original thread on the Xbox Scene Forum.
Bungie, makers of Halo, have posted information about what is happening on the official company website.
If you get an error message "Status Code: Z: 8015 - 190D" it means you are done playing Xbox Live on that console. Congrats.
While it is still possible to use the console for single-player games and other activities, any activity that requires Xbox Live won't work anymore on the system including multi-player.
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