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    Default Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    By Leigh Alexander

    January 26, 2010

    Microsoft has filed a motion to dismiss the antitrust suit brought against it by memory card maker Datel, who's alleging that the Xbox 360's recent lock-out of third-party storage devices deliberately harms competition.

    Interestingly, according to a TechFlash report, the company's motion (PDF link), Microsoft is relying on a precedent set by Apple to make a case in its favor.

    Last year, Apple was able to stop computer-maker PsyStar from manufacturing machines that ran Mac OSX without Apple's authorization, and prevailed when PsyStar alleged antitrust. Just as the court determined only Apple devices can run Apple operating systems, Microsoft says, Xbox 360 consoles must use first-party accessories.

    Microsoft also takes issue with Datel's definition of the field in which it claims anti-competition -- "Multiplayer Online Dedicated Gaming Systems" -- in which it only includes Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, not Nintendo's Wii or any portable game console.

    As the Wii has outsold both consoles, any antitrust claims would certainly be weakened by acknowledging Nintendo's console, so Microsoft is arguing for its inclusion in the category as part of the motion.

    "Datelís monopolization theory depends on excluding from the relevant market numerous products that fit Datelís own definition, such as the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS, the Sony PSP, and the Sony PlayStation 2 ó all multiplayer online dedicated gaming systems," says the company in its motion. "Many of these products have outsold the Xbox 360."

    Microsoft removed support for third-party memory cards with an Xbox 360 software update in October 2009. Datel's original suit claims it was told the "disabling of third-party memory units was an unintentional effect".

    Microsoft later told media outlets that it implemented the lockout to prevent cheaters, and to maintain tighter control over compatibility, safety and compliance, something its dismissal motion continues to argue it has the right to do.

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    woah.... o.o

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    question: What took them so long?

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    wow thats crazy...

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    Quote Originally Posted by cacto View Post
    question: What took them so long?
    I'd like to know aswell

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    omg............

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    ionon

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    dangg lol

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    For one...Datel owns the action replay, which hacks the game systems. This was bound to happen.

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    lol...!

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    Ooo? I don't know what to make of it tbh lol.

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    Im not kidding. Datel+action Replay+ system hacking= bound to happen

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    Ha Ha

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    Quote Originally Posted by Aikidodragon View Post
    I'd like to know aswell
    no clue

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    Default Re: Datel Sues Microsoft Over XBox 360 Memory Card Lock Out

    That's insane! :S

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