Xbox will begin blocking players from using "unauthorized accessories" next month

by Danny Craig  · 
Xbox will begin blocking players from using "unauthorized accessories" next month

Some users have noticed that the Xbox Series X/S is now warning players about using "unauthorized" third-party accessories, with a full block coming next month.

The details:

  • As reported by Windows Central, numerous Xbox players have shared a new warning message that appears when using non-Microsoft-licensed accessories. “A connected accessory is not authorized. Using unauthorized accessories compromises your gaming experience,” the pop-up warns. “For this reason, the unauthorized accessory will be blocked from use on 11/12/2023.”

  • The message includes error code 0x82d60002, which, according to the Xbox Support site, appears when "one of the accessories you're trying to connect was not manufactured by Microsoft or another licensed Xbox hardware partner." The November 12 accessory ban is likely to affect both Xbox One and Series X/S users and will simply prevent the devices from being used rather than imposing any type of suspension on players.

  • Some players are relieved that the block will prevent others from using devices that allow players to use a keyboard and mouse in games while gaining the benefits of controller aim assist. Others are concerned about the impact it may have on other controllers used in fighting games, for example, with third-party manufacturer Brook Gaming announcing that the policy will affect a number of its devices.

  • It is unclear why the policy was implemented; however, sources claim that Microsoft is planning to expand its current program for approving third-party accessories, with controllers currently required to use wired connections.

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