Microsoft Banning Modded Xboxes From Online Gaming
from the deeper-conspiracy dept
The Register has the story about how Microsoft is checking any Xbox that tries to connect to their online gaming system to see if it has a modded chip – and then banning that machine for life, even if the mod chip has been removed. There are some semi-valid reasons for this (a modded chip could let people cheat, making the online gaming experience less worthwhile for users). However, the Register extrapolates out from there to think about a future of Palladium-style “trustworthy computing” where anyone who modifies their PC might no longer be able to use the internet, or certain services online because Microsoft deems them untrustworthy. Going beyond even that, they wonder if this sort of thing could kill the second-hand market. Who would want to buy a computer on eBay, if there’s a chance it won’t be able to get online because the previous owner had modded something?