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Microsoft Cuts Off Hacked Xboxes, Ships Wireless N Adaptor

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may well have raised the spirits of Xbox owners around the globe (and rightly so from my playing time to date), but there's now controversy in the air...

The BBC reports Microsoft has begun to cut off gamers from its Xbox Live service for modifying their consoles to play pirated games. 600,000 gamers are already said to have been affected by the move, something Microsoft described as a "small percentage" of the overall 20m Xbox Live users.

"All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live," said Microsoft in a statement. "The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them."

Blacklisted consoles still operate, but without access to Xbox Live.

A £750m figure has been placed on the cost of piracy to the video game industry, though that covers all platforms. Piracy is also far more prevalent on the PC as it simply requires a modification to a software install compared to the hardware hacking required in the console arena.

In related news Microsoft has begun shipping its much anticipated Xbox 360 Wireless N adaptor in the US where it is retailing for $100. Unofficial shipments also seem to be turning up in some UK stores priced at £59.99, but Microsoft has yet to officially confirm this.

Like all Xbox accessories the adaptor is expensive when compared to equivalent PC hardware (a USB wireless n dongle is around £10/£20), but if you can't wire up an Ethernet connection to your console this is the next best thing.

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