The first news about the possible banning of modified Xbox 360 consoles from the Xbox Live service began to emerge yesterday in several popular Xbox 360 forums. It is possible to modify the firmware of the Xbox 360 unit to play backups, homemade games and install applications of third parties. A modified Xbox 360 can also be used to play copied games downloaded from the Internet or traded with friends.
There has been no official confirmation from Microsoft about this issue, but the frequency of postings can only lead to the conclusion that Microsoft is actually banning Xbox 360 systems with modified firmwares.
Most users experience a sudden disconnection from Xbox Live with an inability to reconnect. A test results in the following status codes:
w: 0000 – 0021
x: 0000 – f001
y: 00a8 – 6820
It seems that Microsoft is not banning the gamer tag, but rather the machine code of the system. Some users report that Xbox 360 users without a modified firmware were also banned. It remains to be seen if we can get an official statement from Microsoft about what’s going on at the moment. A good way to get the latest information is the original thread on the Xbox Scene Forum.
Bungie, creators of Halo, have posted information about what is happening on the company’s official website.
If you get a “Status code: Z: 8015 – 190D” error message, it means you’re done playing Xbox Live on that console. Congratulations.
While it is still possible to use the console for single player games and other activities, any activity that requires Xbox Live will no longer work on the system, including multiplayer.