Microsoft Wins First Battle Against Piracy on Xbox 360

by Bill Hess

Microsoft recently implemented a new feature with the Xbox 360 dashboard update that blocks modified “backups” from being played on the console.  In most cases these “backups” are pirated software or torrents, but the implementation of AP 2.5 blocks the software from being able to run on the console.

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The tears of millions of pirates formed a pond of hatred this weekend as they found themselves unable to play Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

Anti – Piracy 2.5 uses a real time firmware check and a real time RAM check to look for data within the modified drive to disable usage of backups.  Trying to play a modified backup of any game using A.P. 2.5 is said to flag that particular console as an offender of the Xbox Live Terms Of Use and is punishable by console ban.

Last year it was rumored that Microsoft banned nearly a million consoles that had violated the terms of use.  Conveniently this happened right before the biggest shopping day of the year.

- This article was updated on July 13th, 2021