Featured Articles

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

We wanted to learn a bit more about Qualcomm's plans for wearables and it turns out that the company believes its…

More...
Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

We had a chance to talk to Michelle Leyden-Li, Senior Director of Marketing, QCT at Qualcomm and get an update on…

More...
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

Today we will take a look at the PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 285. The card is based on AMD’s new…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:07

Microsoft sued over Xbox shut offs

Written by Nick Farell

Image

Modder fumes


Datel Design & Development is suing Microsoft after the software company locked out unauthorised Xbox 360 memory units. Datel makes popular third-party memory units for the gaming console which Microsoft thinks are modding.

The British outfit claims that Redmond violated federal antitrust laws by restricting the use of Datel memory units in a firmware update to the Xbox 360 dashboard. It wants a jury trial, monetary damages, injunctive relief and a fully fueled airplane on the tarmac with the engines running.

The lawsuit said that the dashboard update is intended to, and does in fact, disable Datel's memory cards. While Microsoft claimed that the goal was to protect the machine from pirates, the real goal was to prevent consumers from choosing a Datel product that offers far better value for the price.

There is no benefit to consumers from Microsoft's decision to target and disable Datel memory cards. To the contrary, Microsoft's actions will leave approximately 50,000 consumers with useless memory cards, forestall innovation, and deprive future consumers of the benefits of competition, the law suit said,

Datel's memory units cost significantly less than Microsoft-branded ones. Microsoft's 512MB memory unit sells for $30 on Amazon; a 2GB Datel unit – with four times the space – goes for $40.


Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments