Major Nelson announced last night that a mandatory (aren’t they all mandatory?) update will go live today. It doesn’t add new features but is supposed to prepare the system for the next update that will add features.

I would say it’s always safe to assume any update that doesn’t add features are simply for anti-piracy detection. The full announcement is below.

Sometime during the day tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19th) when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept a mandatory system update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you’ll be back online in a few moments.

There are no new features that will show up once your system has been updated.

This update is preparation for additional system enhancements coming to Xbox 360 later this year.

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