Xbox live device bans

Before Monday, André Weingarten figured he was out of luck. A devoted Xbox user from day one—he replaced two red-ringed 360s—Weingarten didn't have a preorder down for the newest console. Then, lo & behold, Target had them in stoông chồng online. And then, incredibly, Weingarten had an Xbox One on his doorstep four days later.

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"I went from panicking at not having one on Monday to getting it on Friday," said Weingarten, a college freshman who lives in New York state.

Weingarten is the now-notorious "Moonlight Swangươi," who last night captured his exploits with the Xbox One two weeks before its worldwide launch và then was banned—yes, banned-with-a-capital-B banned, per a message over Xbox Live—after six hours of gametime.


"Microsoft recognized that it was Target's error and not mine," Weingarten told me today. "They said a few days before launch I'll be unbanned. I can't go into too much detail but, basically says everything will be resolved. They're inviting me lớn the Xbox One launch sự kiện."

He couldn't say where that will be, only that "they'll make sure I get there."

It all closes out a stressful 24 hours for Weingarten, who came home Friday evening to lớn a package from Target, opened it & blink-blink-blinked at the Xbox One box inside. He rushed out to lớn a local GameStop where he knew the staff. A lone copy of call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One was on the shelf. There was no street date for selling it because, hell, nobody toàn thân could play the thing yet, right? Weingarten bought it.

"They asked why I needed it already and I said, 'I got it early,'" Weingarten recounted. Jaws dropped & Weingarten trundled trang chủ to play a game only 100 or so people, worldwide, are enjoying right now.

Then things start to lớn get complicated.

After hooking up the Xbox One and powering it on, Weingarten was prompted to connect khổng lồ his trang chủ Internet, & then set up his Kinect 2.0. There didn't appear khổng lồ be any way khổng lồ bachồng out of that. After connecting khổng lồ the Internet the console began pulling down a 500-megabyte day-one update, which will be necessary khổng lồ play games.

Weingarten pumped out a slew of Tweets describing what he was seeing—download sizes for games, shots of his friends menu, even using a stopwatch khổng lồ time how long it took khổng lồ get to lớn the console's dashboard (17 seconds, for the record.) He filmed an unboxing & put that on YouTube, where he has 13,000 subscribers và his 1,000 videos have sầu gathered more than 4 million views khổng lồ date.

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He played some Điện thoại tư vấn of Duty: Ghosts. It's a 39-gigabyte installation, Weingarten said. Xbox One will let you play games as they're installing; Weingarten said Ghosts was playable at 51 percent of its installation. It took about 15 minutes khổng lồ get that far.

By 2 a.m. Saturday, Weingarten was playing Ghosts when he noticed that he'd been logged out of Xbox Live. When he tried khổng lồ log baông xã in, he received a notice from the service.

"It said the console is banned," Weingarten said. "'This console is banned for violating the Xbox Live terms of service,' & lớn please liên hệ customer support."

It was 2 a.m. He had a console no civilian in the world should have sầu right now. điện thoại tư vấn customer service? Was anyone around? How would he begin to explain the situation?

Meantime his main Twitter account was thrown in "Twitter jail" for publishing too much. Weingarten provided updates through an alternate feed, but now it was feeling lượt thích the weight of Microsoft, YouTube & Twitter was collectively being brought lớn bear on him, simply for celebrating the good fortune of finding an Xbox One on his doorstep, 14 days before the rest of the world can get it.

"It felt lượt thích they were being overly protective & going about things in a way of, you know, guilty until proven innocent," Weingarten said. "I was not really upset, I was just trying lớn giảm giá khuyến mãi with it all."

Meanwhile Microsoft and Target were dealing with what appears to lớn be a grade-A screwup. As of now, Xbox Live sầu isn't finished; anyone with a console who isn't Microsoft is under a non-disclosure agreement. Sources told that Target mailed out some 150 consoles as soon as they hit a distribution center.

This morning both companies acknowledged the early release. Microsoft said any users who already have sầu the Xbox One "will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer khổng lồ our launch date." While Weingarten was able lớn get online long enough to tải về the day one Xbox Live sầu update—which apparently is necessary lớn even play games—anyone else with an early console may not be able khổng lồ bởi vì so.

Until he can reconnect lớn Xbox Live sầu, Weingarten still has a usable machine—just not fully operational. "I can still play offline," Weingarten said. "I can't use any of the apps that require the Internet. It's like a barebones version of the Xbox 360, because so many more things on Xbox One need the Internet.

"It's kind of lượt thích going baông chồng to lớn the original Xbox," he said.

Finally, late Saturday afternoon, Weingarten took a Call from Hryb. Major Nelson, at an Xbox One sự kiện in Scottsdale, Ariz., called to lớn explain what had happened và why. Weingarten wouldn't comment on some of the conversation, saying he'd been asked not lớn reveal particulars. The bottom line sounds like Microsoft felt compelled khổng lồ act to lớn keep a work-in-progress Xbox Live for Xbox One from going public, while smoothing things out with a longtime bạn who himself had done nothing wrong and was, in fact, celebrating what he was seeing.

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"I was telling people earlier today that just because this happened to lớn me does not mean you guys should rob yourselves of a good time," Weingarten said. "The console is incredible. It would be a shame if you guys missed out on it."

For most of the next two weeks, though, Weingarten's Xbox One will remain disabled. Some features work—he can still put the gọi of Duty: Ghosts disc in và play the game's campaign mode.

He'll have two weeks to lớn play with the Xbox One. He just won't be able khổng lồ play with anyone else. Or tell them about it.

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