Microsoft begins banning third-party Xbox controllers and accessories

by nativetechdoctor

The ban on non-genuine Xbox accessories may affect many third-party devices.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is starting to ban the use of “unauthorized” Xbox controllers and accessories on their consoles. This move began to be discovered last week, after several reports from ResetEra about many third-party controllers when connecting to Xbox consoles, a “connected accessory is not authorized” message would appear. It’s unclear whether Microsoft is trying to crack down on fraudulent devices or wants to push for an official partner program.

“From the moment a player connects a non-genuine accessory and receives error code 0x82d60002, they will have two weeks to use that accessory, after which time the accessory will be blocked from use,” Microsoft said. with game consoles. Then, error code 0x82d60003 will officially appear.”

Third-party Xbox controllers that are part of the “designed for Xbox” hardware partner program are not affected, but any device that has not been officially authorized by Microsoft is likely to experience the error. The move can also block third-party cheating devices like XIM, Cronus Zen, and ReaSnow S1.

controller inputs These devices are commonly used on PCs to spoof Xbox, so players with mice and keyboards can take advantage of them to gain an advantage over their opponents. Activision, Bungie, and Ubisoft are trying to block these hardware counterfeit devices with restrictions and bans in Call of Duty, Destiny 2, and Rainbow Six Siege .

Microsoft’s move is having a negative impact on the fighting game community. Gaming industry influencer Maximilian Dood has voiced concerns about this, calling it an overly harsh measure that could make fighting game events on Xbox more difficult. or even unfeasible. Many people also called on Microsoft to reconsider their decision.

Microsoft does not typically license the Xbox Wireless protocol to third-party vendors, so most third-party Xbox controllers use a wired connection. However, PowerA introduced an officially licensed third-party wireless controller for Xbox consoles earlier this year. And Microsoft’s latest action suggests it may be trying to expand acceptance of third-party wireless Xbox controllers.

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