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Microsoft's closing and locking Xbox 360 peripherals

Ryan Block, @ryan
08.11.05
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This ain't no wishy-washy Made For iPod program here—Microsoft's officially playing some classic monopolistic moves with the way companies can make devices for the Xbox 360. You guessed it, only authorized peripherals (i.e. devices made by companies who are giving MS a cut of the scratch) deemed as such by a security mechanism they've engineered into the 360 will be able to connect to, control, or be used by the console. Yes, yes, we know many companies have tried to make sure they get a cut of device sales from third party manufacturers, but to the best of our knowledge never before have any actually attempted to prevent reverse engineering of any kind or lock said third parties out—so the $64,000 question is whether or not Microsoft will actually enforce this and try to use the DMCA to overturn the kind of fair reverse engineering that was most popularly noted after AMD's 1975 Intel 8080 clone. We know what we think, but what do you think?

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