How To Unlock The Xbox 360 Console Forbidden

Banned Xbox 360s Flooding Craigslist, Ebay 2021

Beware of banned Xbox 360s that appear in ascending order on auction sites and on mailing lists with online classifieds. In the wake of Microsoft's ban on "a small percentage" or "about 600,000" or "up to a million players" (depending on who you've read), the Xbox seemingly excommunicated jumps overboard to using their 'modified Xbox 360 systems' Dozens of games, additional controllers, special firmware versions, everything from a buck to the price of a new system to (maybe funny) prices of over a thousand dollars.

Last Wednesday, November 4th, Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb said the company had "actively banned Xbox LIVE consoles that have been modified to allow pirated play". Hyrb also noted that "The warranty is non-transferable to an Xbox 360 console, and if you buy a used console that has been previously banned, you will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE."

The systems weren't "bricked" so that means they will still turn on and players can still use them to play pirated games offline, but their ability to connect online - even with an Xbox 360 LIVE account - has been lost permanently compromised

The race is apparently supposed to unload prohibited systems. A search for "modded xbox" on the New York City Craiglist portal returned over 500 entries as of November 5th. Another on the Chicago Craiglist portal returned 195 entries for the same period.

"[I'm] looking to sell my banned modded xbox 360," read a New York Craiglist ad. "[I] own all of the originals ... but wanted extra because the originals were scratched."

The "backups" include games like Forza 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Halo 3: ODST (on two discs), Batman: Arkham Asylum and Brutal Legend, as well as movies like Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Of course, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was only released on DVD or Blu-ray in January 2010, but who counts.

Another vendor in Brooklyn admits to being banned but claims you can still play online: "THIS XBOX 360 IS BANNED FROM XBOX LIFE BUT STILL FULLY FUNCTIONAL! GREAT FOR KIDS AND PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T LIKE [SIC] FEEL PAY FOR THE EXPENSIVE XBOX LIVE. THERES [SIC] MANY WAYS TO PLAY ONLINE WITHOUT XBOX LIVE! "

A salesman in Houston isn't sure what "the going rate is for a banned Xbox," but will be taking offers.

Another in the same area asserts "all games work perfectly," then adds, "if you are looking for a specific game, just tell me and I will get it for you."

Curiou sly, most craiglist "modded" Xbox 360 sellers are aware of their console's "Prohibited" status, while Ebay sellers recognize the mod job but often fail to specify whether their system has been banned or not.

There's even a WTB, or "want to buy", market for locked boxes. A craiglist ad reads, "I want to buy one of the newly banned X-Box 360s," adding that it "doesn't have to come with some new games like Modern Warfare 2 and whatnot."

It goes without saying, but I'll still be: Caveat emptor. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is - now more than ever.

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