Following the launch of Halo 2, believed to be the biggest game launch in history, reports have reached SPOnG that claim a crackdown on modded machines has been initiated by Microsoft.
Microsoft has operated a semi-open policy regarding its snooping into the innards of the million or so Live-enabled consoles, stating that it will ?collect data from time to time? but has so far declined to outline what it collects or how it?s collected. MGS has always stated that modified machines would be banned from the Live service.
Cameron Ferroni, general manager of the Xbox software platform commenting earlier this week said the fresh wave of bannings was to protect the integrity of Live and is solely to stop users of chipped machines cheating during online play.
As we reported earlier this year, Microsoft has taken something of a tougher stance regarding the widespread hacking of its console. Following the introduction of bypass chipsets that enable the user to switch between standard and modified modes, MS took to sniffing hard drive capacity as most hacked boxes are equipped with larger storage capacity.
How this latest investigation was carried out was not explained.