Xbox 360 could face US sales ban
Microsoft’s console could end up being banned in America, and only Obama may be able to save it…
In a rather disturbing turn of events, the Xbox 360 could end up in a seriously bad position if a US Judge has anything to say about it. Having already faced a sales ban in Germany, thanks to a court case that accuses Microsoft of infringing on Motorola’s intellectual property, the console could now be banned in it’s own country of origin.
US Judge, David Shaw, or the International Trade Commission, has stated that the console should no longer be imported and sold in the US due to the issues regarding the possible infringement of intellectual rights. Shaw also believes that Microsoft should post a bond of 7% on ever unsold Xbox console in the US.
"Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers," Shaw stated.
This is a worrying situation for Microsoft, which, of course, is arguing against the ban, but, if the judge’s claim is backed by the ITC, the affair could end up of President Obama’s own desk, and he and his team will have the ultimate say on whether or not the decision is upheld.
The whole Motorola situation has gotten a little out of hand for Microsoft, and with the threat of a sale ban in two countries, the future of the Xbox 360 could be in jeopardy. A ban in Germany would be bad enough, but a ban in the US will all but cripple the platform.
Luckily, the 360 has pretty much reached a saturation point, and with the next iteration of the Xbox on the way, even if the worst does happen, Microsoft may still be able to come out without too much damage. And, there’s also a good chance the ban will never happen anyway. Not only is the Judge’s rant a little on the extreme side, but, in the current financial climate, and with an economy that needs a cash injection, it’s unlikely such a bad will be enforced. Stay tuned for more news as we get it.