Published on January 20th, 2011 | by CodCom
Xbox 360 Update Stops Black Ops Pirates
Touché Microsoft, your “minor” dashboard update designed to re-eable the ‘Boot to Disc’ option in the Xbox 360 dashboard did a lot more than just re-able the ‘Boot to Disc” option.
I’m sure Microsoft was aware of this, but little did Xbox 360 owners know that this mandatory update would do a lot more than that. Xbox 360 owners have been flocking to Xbox Live forums to find out what’s going on.
One user says: “I just logged on to live (19/01/2011) and got hit with a large update MajorNelson says it’s so u can boot game on startup but it seems too big to be just that, they say there’s an update to look of game cards. I smell somthing fishy here as it seems to be taking far too long to download, restart then download again (25 MINS SO FAR! @ 2.5mbs) Changing game booting seems a good cover for them to drop in new FW checks FWcert.bin anyone? What do y’all think???“
The anti-piracy feature which Microsoft included in the update blocks some popular flashed firmware disc drive modifications and prevents players from playing pirated versions of games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 and Halo. While some pirated games still work, the more famous games don’t.
We applaud Microsoft for this update and hope they’ll stay on top of things on the Xbox 360 for a long time. As for people who like to play pirated games on the Xbox 360, tough luck!