Home Gaming Update: Xbox Live Update Banning SA Consoles

Update: Xbox Live Update Banning SA Consoles

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[Update: This was an April Fools article]

Sigh… the day, and news, that we all feared is finally upon us and you really aren’t going to like it.

We have already received reports earlier that an update is causing a “not available in your location” error for some people, but shit just got real. We have just received more tips from readers that their consoles are being banned and I can personally confirm that this is no joke, the image above was taken from my Xbox.com account page this morning.

It seems that Microsoft are banning all consoles outside of Live Supported regions over the course of today. So according to our local Microsoft office’s comment given earlier today, they were very aware of the situation and are now hinting at a possible roll out of Live support for South Africa and other regions to be announced at E3.

More info after the jump.

[Thanks AfroNinjaZA and Sp4wnKi11er for the tips]

While that last part sounds great, this ridiculous and unfair move now leaves us without access to Xbox Live at all. Best case scenario we are going to get an announcement at E3, but the way things usually go, they will probably only roll it out at the end of the year, and that’s if we are lucky.

We are putting together a petition, we will post more details about it soon. For now ladies and gentlemen of sunny South Africa, it’s finally time that we all moved over to PSN.

After this sort of treatment, I don’t even know if I will ever bother going back to Xbox Live even if they bring it to South Africa legitimately.

Last Updated: April 1, 2010


  1. Please tell me this is Aprils fool


  2. WitWolfyZA

    April 1, 2010 at 09:12

    I wanna say joke…. But this seems kind areal… you guys got me last year when you said MGS 4 is coming to xbox 360 so ill wait a bit long and take this witha grain of salt


  3. Macethy

    April 1, 2010 at 09:13

    Is this an april fools joke or not? :blink:


    • WitWolfyZA

      April 1, 2010 at 09:16

      dude relax… it is 1st April after all.. chillax i was on early this morning i didn’t get any messages. YOU GOT PUNK’D!

      If Nick can like post a youtube video of him actually going into his account and showing me like that ill believe him


  4. brett

    April 1, 2010 at 09:49

    Can we believe any of the news posted today?


  5. WitWolfyZA

    April 1, 2010 at 09:54

    good question… this will like continue till about 12 pm im sure Geoffrey is probably cooking up something evil for the PS3 as well


    • Geoff

      April 1, 2010 at 10:01

      Nah, I don’t play those sort of games.
      Besides..no site should have more than 2 April fools jokes in one day…it’s just tacky.


  6. @ntifr33z

    April 1, 2010 at 10:14

    Best April fools joke so far. Wonder if there will be a april fools joke for the ps3 aswel. :biggrin: :cheerful: :blink: :w00t:


    • WitWolfyZA

      April 1, 2010 at 10:17

      in game cross play and PS2 emulation was a secret feature perhaps? ROFL


  7. Fox1

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15

    Oh crap! If they launch Live here it will definitely be more expensive than getting an overseas membership :cwy:

    On the other hand, we have finally gotten cheaper uncapped internet so we could do with some local support now :whistle:


  8. incap

    April 1, 2010 at 11:46

    I dont know which one is the best April fools joke the one about our consoles getting banned or that we might be getting live support :ermm:


    • @ntifr33z

      April 1, 2010 at 12:00

      Getting banned is the best one, the other is good news if its true. :cheerful:


      • WitWolfyZA

        April 1, 2010 at 12:53

        very unlikely, i cant help but wonder when we eventually get live, if we’ll be able to migrate our accounts across?


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