Microsoft appears to be set on preventing unauthorized third-party accessories and controllers from functioning on Xbox Series X|S starting November 12. However, there are reports suggesting that Microsoft intends to expand its approved third-party program for controllers.

Initially discovered by Windows Central, a UK-based Xbox owner encountered an error message 0x82d60002 when connecting their third-party controller. The message stated, “A connected accessory is not authorized. Using unauthorized accessories compromises your gaming experience. For this reason, the unauthorized accessory will be blocked from use on 11/12/2023.”

Windows Central also mentioned that this could be linked to Microsoft’s plans to expand its program for approved third-party wireless Xbox controllers. The release of wireless Xbox controllers by third-party manufacturers has been a challenge, but these changes may pave the way for more of them to enter the market. The blocking of unauthorized controllers could be a precautionary measure by Microsoft to prevent the use of accessories that enable cheating.

Brook Gaming, one manufacturer, has acknowledged that some of its products will be affected by this change and is actively working to resolve the issue. Additionally, a user on X (formerly known as Twitter) highlighted the potential negative impact of this new policy on local fighting game events that rely on Xbox consoles, as some participants may not be able to afford multiple arcade sticks or fighting boards.

As of now, Microsoft has not provided any official comments on this specific issue, and it remains uncertain whether the company will reverse or proceed with the policy. Microsoft has previously reversed decisions due to negative feedback, such as when they planned to increase the price of Xbox Live Gold in 2021 but ultimately changed course after facing backlash from fans.