360 Hardware Requires Licenses

Video Game Law Blog

August 10, 2005

Microsoft will require 3rd-party accessory manufacturers to obtain a license to make their products function with the upcoming Xbox 360 console, and will enforce this requirement with a security mechanism through which the 360 will validate the accessories when they are used.  Although Microsoft has a licensing program with the original Xbox, it is optional though a license must be obtained to display the Xbox logo on a current-generation accessory, no such permission is required if the accessory does not contain Xbox branding.  With this move, Microsoft has positioned itself to both regulate 3rd-party 360 hardware content and, of course, receive more money.

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