By now you have probably heard that content regarding the upcoming Gears of War remake for the Xbox One has been leaked. The studio behind the game, VMC Games, and Microsoft aren’t very happy about it. And it seems that Microsoft is giving out some punishment to those who leaked the videos. Microsoft will be officially bricking the Xbox One units of these perpetrators. Wow.
This info comes from an email that VMC sent out to testers that was obtained by Kotaku. A portion of the email says, “This being said, as per that agreement with the testers in fault, Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.”
Damn. I guess that will teach them to go against Microsoft. It’s pretty harsh. According to VMC, they justify the punishment by saying, “One screenshot, message or even conversation shared with someone else can easily snowball into a situation that goes out of control.”
What’s interesting is that Microsoft has the power to remotely stop users from using their Xbox One units. We have to wonder if other console makers like Sony have the power to remotely brick PlayStation 4 consoles too. And where does this stop? What else are they bricking consoles for, that we don’t know about? Interesting.