Xbox will reportedly block unofficial accessories from November

Oct 30, 2023

Do you have a third-party accessory connected to your Xbox? Microsoft won't let you use it anymore, because of an upcoming change to its rules.

Xbox will not allow unofficial accessories from November 12

A report by Windows Central says that Xbox users are running into an error 0x82d60002. The error screen displays a message which states, "A connected accessory is not authorized. Using unauthorized accessories compromises your gaming experience. For this reason, the unauthorized accessory will be blocked from use on 11/12/2023."

The ban to block third-party accessories is probably not related to prevent jail breaking, because the Xbox has never been jailbroken. So, what could be the reason for blocking third-party accessories?

Many gamers are speculating that this could be a move to prevent devices that are used to cheat in multiplayer games, for example using a mouse and keyboard in a console game would provide a gamer an unfair advantage over others. This has been a known problem among Ubisoft's Rainbow Siege gamers. So banning the usage of XIM devices in this scenario would make sense. But it may also affect people who use customized controllers and fighting boards. Adapters are also useful to connect old-school wired controllers, too.

The popular gaming brand, Brook Gaming, which makes various adapters for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch has released a statement which says that some of its accessories (Wingman XB 2 converter, a few Fighting Boards, and Steering Wheel Adapters) are being blocked on the latest Xbox OS version 10.0.25398.2266. The update in question was released on October 16th, so the ban could be in effect already. Brook has apologized for the issue, and the company says that it is working on providing a solution for the problem. Brook notes that the error message only appears during online gameplay, i.e. when playing a multiplayer game. The accessory-maker says that the issue may not affect offline gaming. That seems fair, there is no point in blocking the accessories for single player games? But, some gamers on reddit say that their gaming wheels from popular brands stopped working last month.

Why is Microsoft blocking third-party accessories?

Could Microsoft want OEMS to pay a fee to get their devices authorized for Xbox? It does already have a Designed for Xbox Partner Hardware Program.

Xbox accessories

Windows Central says it sources indicate that Microsoft is indeed working with manufactures to create wireless accessories for the Xbox Series X and Series S. The Redmond company reportedly has an approval process for such accessories, so manufacturers will need to apply for a license, and the products will need to pass the security measures which are set by Microsoft to ensure that their controllers do not offer unfair advantages to gamers. This is not an unusual requirement, because Microsoft deems it necessary for Xbox-compatible wireless headsets to have a security chip in them. The report also says that officially licensed accessories such as those made by Turtle Beach, Razer, etc. will not be impacted by the ban. It remains to be seen how Brook and other OEMs will address the issue.

Xbox will reportedly end support for unofficial accessories
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  1. Anonymous said on October 31, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Not sure what their motivation is there. However it is well understood that they could lose a large percentage of players if they removed aim assist. There simply are a lot out there who can not aim proficiently with it. Those players would get wrecked and feel grossly incompetent, eventually making them quit for other games as they do not have the skill or patience to “git gud”.
    Besides, noone else wants them to quit either. Frequently they are also bad in other ways, like awareness and tactical plays, so a even bigger chunk of players will find they become the new bottom of the barrel, once the real bottom quits.
    For better or worse, thumbstick aim assist is a crutch that is not likely to go away soon.
    Bads need it. Rookies need it to just get a foot in the door. That or the skill bar has to raised, shrinking the effective size of the player base.

    1. bruh said on November 1, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Just thinking of ways to solve the issue, that is all. Would they quit without this crutch? Or just man up? (the ones that can). I turned aim assist off on all the Cod games for my bro about 2 years ago (he is 14 now), and he is decent and competent, you are right that tactics and awareness are seperate points, but his aim nearly rivals mine, and I am 23.

      You think they’d quit playing the latest COD that all their friends are playing? Highly doubt, lol…

      This is why you have skill-based matchmaking, the problem you talk about wouldn’t happen as long as noobs are still playing with noobs. Matchmaking is good enough in games like COD, i know that for a fact.

      Okay then, counter-proposal, aim-assist is permanently disabled once you reach max level (before prestige), or once you prestige once. A fair compromise, in my opinion.

      I just think you’re wrong and the only reason this is hard to consider now is because the blunder of allowing aim-assist has persisted for so long, just because a bad thing has existed for a long time doesn’t mean it should persist.

      “Hard times make strong men” and playing without aim assist will make you a better player whether you’re 9 or 49. It should only be allowed for things like campaign,zombies, etc.

      One of the few topics I am passionate about lol

  2. bruh said on October 31, 2023 at 10:14 am

    So something like a power-A controller (who make controllers on par with 1st party, if not better) would just arbitrarily stop working? LOL that is amazing.

  3. Micro$oft said on October 31, 2023 at 1:09 am

    Disguising behavior from Microsoft once again. Stop trying to be Apple!

  4. Anonymous said on October 31, 2023 at 12:50 am

    Lets see.
    One one side, there are companies out there running a business to basically sell cheats:
    Adapters to e.g. connect a mouse to aim faster, while still appearing to be a controller/thumbstick and being allowed to keep the aim assists that controllers generally have to compensate for being inferior for aim and camera control.
    With lots of customers getting them for explicitly that purpose: a huge advantage over pure controller players over mouse players as well, for that “best of both worlds” edge in shooter games.

    On the other a company that would love complete and utter vendor lockin, with crypto tried to Pluton to enforce it. Enabling a protection racket to run the peripheral market for the xbox.

    Both are evil.

    1. bruh said on October 31, 2023 at 10:18 am

      Cringe, it is totally possible to play things like COD multiplayer on a controller without aim assist, most of us do this on ye-olde PS3, the solution here would be to remove aim assist, as it was always a noob feature. But MS wants those 7-11 year olds… I guess?

  5. Mike said on October 30, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Ten more tons of e-waste in the ground. Still, it’s nothing compared to what they want to do in the PC market.

  6. Albrt said on October 30, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    response from XIM on this matter:

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