If you're thinking of grabbing the update, think again. According to Major Nelson using the leaked update disables Xbox Live on a console until November 19, the actual release of NXE. With Gears of War 2 just around the corner, you wouldn't want to take your console off the grid would you? While no reported bans have been handed down since the leak showed up it isn't hard to imagine Microsoft could take you offline for good. You've been warned.
[Update: Major Nelson wrote on his twitter, "If you get your hands on NXE and you are NOT in the Preview Program. You won't be allowed on LIVE." We will not be linking any websites with information or links to download the NXE - hence the replacement of Major Nelson from the original source in this story. Users who leave links to such content in the comments will have them swiftly removed.]
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 4)
10-31-2008 @ 11:45PM
Hmm interesting, this article implies that Microsoft will only make it so you can't connect to Xbox Live, but they may punish you further...
11-01-2008 @ 12:18AM
Xav de Matos said...
Actually, the article implies you may be banned for good.
11-01-2008 @ 2:34AM
ah well, I posted a link but it got deleted. Somebody else posted their message from Microsoft which states that if you were to take the hard drive of the console authorized to receive the update and placed it into another console, it would update that console. However, if said console was not authorized, it would just not be able to connect to xbox live. So everybody is basically saying Microsoft can't tell the difference between accidentally swapping hard drives or installing the leak.
11-01-2008 @ 3:21AM
according to invites Microsoft Says DO NOT SWAP Drives or Leak becasue might get Banned.
I wont be surpise if the person console key is in that update.
Problem not just banned him but all consoles that use the leak from Live forever.
and get stuck with the Preview while the November 19th guys enjoying netflix and laughing at you for not waiting.
Just wait for the 19th is not that too far off.
11-01-2008 @ 1:05PM
they definitely will NOT ban anyone for this... it would be, by far, the dumbest reason to ban people. Think about it, microsoft would be LOSING valuable live customers (which isn't just limited to the gold subscription fee) over a leaked dashboard upgrade that isnt very confidential and everyone is gonna get soon anyways....i wouldn't trip about it.
10-31-2008 @ 11:53PM
oooooh tempting seeing as i haven't been playing online for quite some time, but with Gears 2 out next week it's just not worth it.
11-01-2008 @ 12:01AM
Oh this is rich.
11-01-2008 @ 12:14AM
Tempting, but i don't want the MS ban hammer on me.
11-01-2008 @ 12:23AM
i think I'll wait awhile to see what m$ does because i don't plan on getting Gears 2 right away
P.S. Does anyone know if that means you can't do any live things or just play on xbox live (i'm looking forward to streaming netflix)
11-01-2008 @ 12:53AM
I've got it on my second Xbox. You cannot sign in to Xbox Live at all, so you wouldn't be able to play Netflix. Planning on installing Fallout 3 tonight though!
11-01-2008 @ 1:59AM
5.9 GB to install Fallout 3.
11-01-2008 @ 12:56AM
why's it less than 8 mb when the entire rollout is supposedly much bigger.... does the avatar data take up that much space?
11-01-2008 @ 1:01AM
The file is limited to I believe 8MB or 16MB for the main OS (interface). Anything else needs to be stored else ware, which is why the 128MB download is needed with connecting to Live for the first time with the NXE.
I guess all the avatar info really does need that space initially. No LIVE, no avatar.
11-01-2008 @ 12:58AM
Ya, I would install it if I knew I wouldn't be banned. Blocked from Live would be annoying, but I can live without it for a while.
11-01-2008 @ 1:01AM
I was wondering does the update install on the xbox or the hdd? Because i have 2 hdd's a 120gb and a 20gb and i was wondering if the 20gb could have the update and the 120gb have the gamertag and dashboard blades???
11-01-2008 @ 12:45PM
Absolutely not. The dashboard code is flashed to your console's memory, and it only upgrades, not downgrades (there's an "e-fuse" technology thing I don't fully understand that prevents downgrading). So once your console got upgraded to the NXE, that's it.
It's not like a PC where the OS is only installed on the hard drive (otherwise an Arcade/Core wouldn't function).
11-01-2008 @ 1:05AM
Erik Stroud said...
I wouldn't be surprised if someone finds a way to hack the 360 using this. I get the feeling there are some security flaws just waiting to be exploited.
11-01-2008 @ 1:10AM
I DeX I said...
Why can't the kids just wait. It is only a couple of weeks away.
11-01-2008 @ 1:11AM
Hmm, well I think I will install it while being unplugged from the network so MS doesn't get contacted at all. Then on November 19, I will download an offline copy of the update, if it is different, and install it. That way MS wouldn't know the difference. If all else fails I'll just say my friend said I could try it out and didn't realize that it would block me, since this is a very open beta I highly doubt Microsoft would permanently ban people anyway.
11-01-2008 @ 3:29AM
and what if the full one will work?
uh oh your screwed.
you never know and console probably have logs of the last update.