Xbox Reportedly Handing Out 15-Day Bans For Retail Mode Emulation

It's an open secret that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are fantastic consoles when it comes to running emulators for the PS1, PS2, Nintendo GameCube and others, but Microsoft is finally starting to put a stop to it.

Back in April, Microsoft began blocking access to emulators accessed through "Retail Mode" on the two consoles, but that wasn't enough to fully derail the Retail Mode emulation scene. However, it's now being reported that a "significant" number of Xbox users who have still been accessing these emulators have also been receiving 15-day bans.

As you can see in the image above, GoldenSky of the "Xbox Emulation Hub" Discord server has announced that their team is "halting any and all retail mode emulation, permanently", urging players to remove any emulators immediately.

There is still a way to take advantage of emulation on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but it involves going through the special "Developer Mode" which not only comes at a price, but is only intended for — you guessed it — developers! There's also no telling whether Microsoft will choose to act on Developer Mode emulation in the future as well.

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