No, those Xbox console ban messages you're seeing on TikTok aren't real

Take a closer look and you will find it fake

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If you recently saw the viral TikTok post, Your console is banned related to Xbox, it’s fake!

Many talked about it on TikTok, social network platforms, and on forums like Reddit. Since there was no reliable information or credible sources discrediting the post, we decided to debunk it!

We analyzed the post, compared the language/tone with other Xbox error messages, and came to the conclusion that it’s been digitally created to fool users. Here’s why:

  • The provided link doesn’t exist: If you try to visit the link mentioned in the error message, the website reads, Page not found. An Xbox-triggered error would never have an incorrect link.
  • Grammatical errors: The glaring grammatical errors (ie. instead of i.e.) make it amply clear that the message is fake.
  • Xbox hardly bans consoles: While Xbox does ban devices, it’s done in extreme situations. Say if you tamper with the console to run illegitimate software or commit fraud. For unauthorized hardware, Xbox only warns users and then bans the hardware after two weeks.
  • There’s simply too much information: When Xbox does issue a suspension, the error message won’t have this much information, say, list the unauthorized devices. This is inconsistent with the Xbox’s style of errors.
Page not found when accessing the provided link

Xbox and Microsoft have been in the news recently, given the talks surrounding the shift in strategy and releasing platform-exclusive games on PlayStation.

On previous occasions, there was a lack of certainty since Microsoft never released an official statement. We may have one when Microsoft shares the vision for Xbox.

But this time around, we can confirm the viral Xbox console ban TikTok post is fake, and you shouldn’t be concerned about it. Follow the right practices and conform to the platform’s guidelines, and your Xbox experience should remain unhampered!

What’s your take on the viral Xbox console ban post? Do share in the comments section.

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