Cyberpunk 2077 screenshots may trigger Xbox Live bans, so be careful

Cyberpunk 2077 C 2020 By Cd Projekt Red 02 12 2020 22 36
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Imagine my surprise when I receive an email from Xbox Live notifying me of an enforcement against my account. At first I thought it might be a phishing attempt, but no, logging in to the (opens in new tab) portal does indeed show action taken.

Considering I never indulge in in-game chat or ever send messages to anyone who isn't an actual friend, I'm sitting there puzzled. Until I scroll down and see what it's for.

"Inappropriate screenshot". The game? Cyberpunk 2077.

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I've no idea what screenshot this is specifically, but it's also not hard to imagine it was something related to either the copious amount of dildos to be found in Night City, or something related to genitalia. I make no lie, among friends we've all been sharing screengrabs of the penis tool in the character creator because we're incredibly juvenile. Or maybe it was Sir John Phallustiff, a suggestive, yet highly capable melee weapon.

In any case it does open a big old box. The game is rated for adults, as rightly it should be, but equally Microsoft is happy to sell it, and indeed platforms like Twitch and YouTube are happy to allow streaming of it. But taking a (possibly) hilarious screengrab could land you in hot water with the Xbox Live police.

I'm not banned, yet, and have no limitations placed on my account, but my reputation score has now decreased. And I expect that if I were to continue screen grabbing suggestive moments in Night City that further, more serious action may well follow. This has happened before, with Xbox Live bans handed out over adult content in screenshots for titles like Metropolis: Lux Obscura.

So, be careful. Heed these words as advice. You might think your in-game genitals are hilarious or impressive, but Xbox, it seems, does not. If you don't have a capture card, then maybe take more photos of the scenery and less of the, er, other scenery.

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  • Meanwhile on Steam ...
  • Not sure if it's possible for devs to block the capture system from working in their games on Xbox (I know it can be done on PS4 as SingStar did that). Might be something for CDPR to look into to protect the players from getting caught in the banhammer's blast radius.
  • Why? People should be able to capture their game if they wish.
  • I'm talking about the capture systems in the OS - not other capture methods like taking a photo of the screen or exporting screenshots via a capture device.
  • Ratchet and Clank blocked it as well during the scenes present in the movie.
  • This is beyond ridiculous. Glad I haven't renewed my Xbox Live in over 3 years.
  • This is an old issue. Not to say that it is less ridiculous that something in a game that you can play on the console can then get you banned if you record and share it on the same device, but you need to remember that there isn't a ratings system for viewing clips. There are ratings for games, and people SHOULD use them properly.
  • Gotta love them bots... Then again kids are on live... MS is just trying to avoid having angry parents on their asseseven though IMHO it should be them controlling what their kid are exposed to and assume when **** happens and not defer the fault on third parties... But you know how it goes... I'm not blaming MS on that one... I'd do the same to prevent BS law suits...
  • F*ck it. Get everyone to take screenshots until Microsoft realises they're morons.
  • They won't, this is an old problem.
  • Not really a problem, pretty sure it's automated with some AI/bots. What they could is change the action the bots take though. And if it's not bots it's probably some low paid drone in an Indian troll farm which is pretty much the same... But pretty sure it's automated no human hands at play...
  • Maybe players shouldn't be able to see clips/screenshots for games they're not old enough to play, then we could take our screenshot of genitals with complete freedom.
  • Maybe people who are not old enough to olay a game shouldn't be playing it, while we're at it. But Microsoft can't police that. Nor they can correctly police screenshots, it seems
  • Welcome to social networks in America: Nudity is worse than violence and death. We know, we know.
  • And yet one of the biggest porn industry in the world... Heck even the pres dipped (it) into it.... literally 🤣
  • This is stupid. If they allow the gsme to be sold and played it, they should accomodate their systems to allow users to take screenshots of it. This is as stupid as Facebook censoring elbow pics because their AI sees a breast there.
  • There is a setting that stops Xbox from uploading your latest clips and screenshots automatically to Xbox Live, then memories could still be saved and shown locally without any risk of the world falling apart because of virtual nudity.
  • So...various screenshots of a sexual or provocative nature are bad - even on a game the platform sells and endorses, but all of the graphic violence is perfectly fine? Gotcha.
  • That is absolutely ridiculous. I don't remember ever seeing any terms of service being updated saying there is a limitation on in game content that can be screen grabbed. How about they should limit their tool's ability to take screen shots of a characters tool?
  • The ToS clearly state that you can't have profanities or other inappropriate material on your profile or other in your other actions. Your activity feed counts as this. These have been like this for ages, nothing has to be updated.