In a move directed at enforcing its official licensing rules, Microsoft has confirmed a new policy that will prevent unauthorized accessories from connecting to its Xbox consoles. The decision revolves around securing a standardized and optimal gaming experience for Xbox users and is set to come into effect on November 12, 2023, according to a notification being displayed on Xbox consoles.
Implementation Hiccups: Reports of Error Messages
The policy came to light after users began reporting encountering an error message when attempting to connect unauthorized accessories to the consoles, which advised that the problematic accessory will be blocked from use on or after November 12. The message also advised users on how to identify authorized accessories.
Gaming accessories manufacturer, Brook Gaming, was one of the first manufacturers to publicly respond to the new development. The company posted a message on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), in which they corroborated the reports of users receiving error message 0x82d60002. The message also noted that the error specifically occurred on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles that were operating on software version 10.0.25398.2266, which was released on October 16, 2023.
Xbox console-related product Issue Update pic.twitter.com/QK0N41LmHW
— Brook Gaming (@brookgamingfans) October 20, 2023
Returning Unauthorized Accessories, and Purchasing Authorized Alternatives
Users who have purchased accessories not bearing the official “Designed for Xbox” badge will likely need to return these items, as they will soon be rendered either entirely or partially unusable. The best current option seems to be purchasing authorized alternatives. Currently, Microsoft has discounted its official Xbox Wireless Controller on the Microsoft Store to $54.99, down $5 from its initial price.
While there is no comprehensive list of accessories that will soon be disabled, consumers are advised to check the compatibility of their purchased accessories against Microsoft's official accessories list.