Xbox Modding Threatens MS Business Model

Modders are threatening the business model of selling underpriced consoles and breaking even with high-cost content (i.e. games).

A U.K. court has convicted a UK resident, sending a message to gamers to quit tinkering with Microsoft’s console.

The man sold Xbox consoles fitted with a 200 GB hard drive and 80 pre-installed games on his web site for ₤380 […]

The coming Xbox360 is eagerly awaited by modders galore, …

[…] Microsoft can’t afford to ignore the actions of the hard-core gaming set. […] “modders” are eager to get the specs on Xbox 360, to be released at the end of this year.
Because the costs for games and hardware for the 360 are significantly higher, Microsoft has that much more to lose to pirates and hackers. The machines will also be more sophisticated and higher powered

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