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Xbox Looking to Fix Issue on Xbox Hardware When CMOS Battery Dies

Xbox Looking to Fix Issue on Xbox Hardware When CMOS Battery Dies - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 November 2021 / 1,096 Views

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talking with Axios has said he is aware of the issue with Xbox consoles in the future if the CMOS battery were to die. The hardware team is looking into ways to address the issue.

"The hardware team is hearing the message about our consoles should.. allow for the ongoing relationship between the player and the content that they own," said Spencer. "So like, we hear the message and the teams are looking at things."

The CMOS battery is also known as a system's internal clock. When the player starts a game it compares the internal clock with the date and time on a remote server to make sure the player is allowed to play the game. 

It was recently reported Sony had fixed the issue on PlayStation 5 consoles and now people can still run games even after the internal CMOS battery dies.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Pemalite (on 19 November 2021)

The PC solved this issue, what... 30 years ago?
Just reset the time and ask for the player to input the time/date if there is a full mains power loss.

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