Xbox pirates 'must buy new box'

Thousands of Xbox 360 owners who have been cut off from Microsoft’s Xbox Live service will have to buy a new console if they want to play online again, though modified consoles will still work offline.

Microsoft says offenders machines will be permanently barred and “unable to connect to Xbox Live”. Microsoft has barred as many as 1m gamers from Xbox live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.

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