You can't swear with an Xbox One

27 November 2013

Xbox-360-Logo Microsoft are going a bit Mary Whitehouse. They've said that people with an Xbox One console will be banned from Xbox Live if they're found to be using "excessive profanity" while playing games and uploading videos of gameplay using the share function.

Gamers have already noted some heavy handed action, with some having their access to Skype restricted on their next-gen console. One user said: "I get the message 'Choose something else to play' simply because I assume MS was not happy about a video I uploaded."

Microsoft confirmed their stance at TechCrunch, saying that anything uploaded through the Xbox One’s Upload Studio is monitored and that "excessive swearing" is, in their mind, a breach of terms of service.

They said: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members."

Whether Microsoft are using an automated service to listen in or not remains to be seen. In addition to that, it seems peculiar that a gamer can't speak freely, especially if you consider some of the fruity language in games like Grand Theft Auto. You can bet that Sony are looking at this and rubbing their hands together as Microsoft have another awkward PR campaign to fix.

TOPICS:   Games   Gadgets


  • samuri
    Fuck off! you're Fucking joking? Fuck me the Fucking Fuckers have Fucked that up
  • JonB
    Lucy told us yesterday that PS4 owners are busy live-streaming their intimate moments. Maybe that's distracting them from uploading expletive-laden videos?
  • Hello
    So, from what this says, Skype, you can do anything, but on upload studios you will get banned for a day away from just upload studios for swearing. I like that. But im sure for everyone if they just put a Rating on certain videos of what they upload, people will be happier. Oh look, that video has swearing in it. Sorry charlie not for you.
  • Han S.
    And yet you can play games with swearing in (Battlefield 4, GTA etc.) with no issues on an XBox
  • Quietus
    It doesn't say that any moderation will be done with swearing. It says 'excessive', which quite clearly means that those annoying brats who think it's funny to constantly make obscene remarks will be penalised, and everybody else will be fine. I think it's a great idea.
  • HowDareYouBlockMyComments
    I often swear when killed online in an FPS on the 360. I try not to, but sometimes... This could be a problem! Maybe PS4 is the solution.
  • Dacouch
    Microsoft can fuck right off
  • Bogbrush
    fine by me if it means less northerner scummers calling everyone a paki

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