All about Xbox: Inside Xbox canned, Xbox 360 banned in Germany and new Xbox contract plan rumor

May 2, 2012

All about Xbox: Inside Xbox canned, Xbox 360 banned in Germany and new Xbox contract plan rumorIt seems like its all about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 today, with news popping up regarding the console. A new ruling apparently may force Microsoft to stop selling the Xbox 360 console in Germany. Also, there is talk of a new subscription model for the Xbox as well.

According to The Verge, sources have revealed that Microsoft is prepping to launch a new Xbox bundle with the Kinect for $100 with a two year contract. If true, Microsoft would be taking a page from Verizon and AT&T.

Apparently, users who purchase the Xbox 360 bundle will have to pay $15 per month for two years to subsidize for the low price point of the bundle, which will also offer the Gold Subscription and possibly some additional digital “streaming content.” The total price after two years would be $460.

If true, this would mean that Microsoft would also have to get into the business of acting as a debt collector for those defaulting on their contract and possibly issue a termination fee that will probably cost $200 or start ruining some credits.

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In other news, Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed that Inside Xbox will cease production permanently in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This will include shows such as Major’s Minute, Insider Moves and Featured Videos with the Inside Xbox moniker. Larry Hryb alluded to something about investing resources and talents wisely as the reason for the cancellation.

Possibly a wise move as I doubt anyone really watched those shows as its insanely buried within the grips of the new dashboard.

Incidentally, this news comes shortly after PS3’s Qore digital magazine’s last run last month. Although, Sony did not own Qore as its published by Future Publishing, the guys that own OPM and OXM magazine.

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Lastly, the legal battle between Motorola vs. Microsoft continues with the courts in Germany granting an injunction against the distribution of the Xbox 360, Windows 7 software, IE and Windows Media Player in the country. This comes shortly after US International Trade Commission judge also issued an injunction against the selling of the Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in the US.

Microsoft has appealed in the US, which will be reviewed next week by a commission. The company also plans to appeal to the European Commission regarding Germany’s injunction. According to the BBC, Microsoft hauled out of Germany to setup shop in the Netherlands last month to avoid disruption.

The most likely outcome will be Microsoft quietly sliding a few briefcases over to Motorola or Google containing billions to settle the matter.

37 Responses to “All about Xbox: Inside Xbox canned, Xbox 360 banned in Germany and new Xbox contract plan rumor”

  1. Philistine:

    Hell!, I did actually watched some of those things. They were part of what made live better than PSN, the informal news and review type stuff. Up-coming games previews, and interviews with the Devs. Insider moves was pretty cool. I wonder if they will keep it on in the UK?

  2. phranctoast:

    You ever catch qore godless? It came free with ps+, but last
    month was the last one. It’s a shame it’s now gone.

  3. Philistine:

    I don’t have PSN+

    If I didn’t have such a backlog of games, I would probably get it for the free stuff you get with it. Depending on what’s on offer with the new packages, I may sign up.

  4. Roca.:

    This month is the best time to sign up.

    Awesomenauts and Trine 2 are free PSN games.
    Castlevania SotN (best game in the franchise) and Castlevania Chronicles are free PS1 game.

    btw, don’t forget to answer phranc and oldschool’s question…

  5. Philistine:

    I thought I had answered oldies question?
    What was phrancs question?

    Anyone have any idea what MS is actually being sued for?

  6. ncaissie:

    LMFAO the 360 is going down the toilet fast. I’m starting to regret buying one for my daughter. They don’t play it much but that could change during summer holidays. She has 2 or 3 months of live but I’m waiting for them to be off school before I apply it.
    Better check if it expires.

  7. Roca.:

    for copying others, typical of Microsoft.

    You didn’t answer oldschool question. you made up your own question and decided to answer that instead.

  8. phranctoast:

    “Anyone have any idea what MS is actually being sued for?”

    I’m pretty sure the news was in Blorge at some point.

    MS sued Motorola, and rather than rolling over Motorolla counter sued and the way it looks is MS is using patents from them without paying for it.

  9. phranctoast:

    “What was phrancs question?”

    I wanted to discuss the series with you, particularly your dislike of GOW2 which imo is the best. You complained about frustrating parts, but there where none so……..

  10. CarlB:

    “Anyone have any idea what MS is actually being sued for?”

    “two patents involving H.264 video coding and playback”

    http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/122/1224192p1.html

  11. navysteve:

    Motorola sued MS for using technologies that are patented relating to video compression and wifi. Microsoft believe that these patents come under FRAND laws and the amount of money that motrola are charging is unfair. If a patent is the only way this technology can be produced then it comes under FRAND laws. Meaning the company holding the patent can only charge fair and reasonable price for licensing. Allot like MS got fined for in the 90s

    Motorola are being investigated by the EU over there pricings on these technologies which if found guilty will Make all these court cases irrelevant anyway.

  12. Roca.:

    “which if found guilty will Make all these court cases irrelevant anyway”

    MS must have a different opinion – “Microsoft hauled out of Germany to setup shop in the Netherlands last month to avoid disruption”

  13. navysteve:

    Actually if the eu decision doesn’t go MS way then moving out of Germany is good preparation. Don’t for a second think this is David vs Goliath this is Microsoft and google fighting over money, it will come to settlement they both claim is best for them when really they could have done this at the start

  14. phranctoast:

    “Castlevania SotN (best game in the franchise) and Castlevania Chronicles are free PS1 game.”

    Did they give PS1 games trophy support?

  15. oldschool1987:

    No you didn’t answer it Godless. You answered a question that was totally random. I have posted it again for you to answer.

  16. Roca.:

    @oldschool
    “I have posted it again for you to answer”

    Phranc did and he still didn’t get any answers from Godless…and he wasn’t away from blorge as he was posting on two other threads.

  17. FahKinSuPah:

    You guys are talking about Godless….

    Do you think you are really going to get a straight answer?

  18. twilight:

    Oldie,
    I picked up the Ps3 game that you like Duke Nukem new on clearance with poster and 3d glasses for $6.

  19. oldschool1987:

    Lol Twilight you’ll either despise it or have a blast. I have stupid, immature humor so I loved it.

  20. FahKinSuPah:

    I briefly played DNF and I was having a blast until I had to ride around in the RC car.

    Turd Burgler = One of the best achievements/trophies ever!

  21. CarlB:

    “Did they give PS1 games trophy support?”

    No, but that would be awesome if they did. So far the only version of SotN with similar support is on XBL, and it was really fun to play through again with the added incentive of achievements. I think they would get a lot more PS1 game sales if they added trophy support. I’d rather see HD versions where it can make a huge difference, but some games like SotN are fine as is graphically and would benefit with trophy support.

  22. phranctoast:

    That’s a shame..
    It’s funny when Altered Beast etc.. has trophy support, but PSone classics do not.

  23. ncaissie:

    Because ps1 games are just signed iso’s and minis are ports or remakes.
    They don’t have to do anything with the PS1 games because they run natively on the PS3

  24. phranctoast:

    It takes them long enough to get them on the PSN. The least they could have done was add some trophy support.

  25. ncaissie:

    Just got my M1(motorcycle license) guys.
    And my brother just got a 2012 250 ninja and needs me to teach him how to ride it. My wife said I can buy one next summer. It’s always next summer.

  26. phranctoast:

    First you allow your wife to drive your children around, now you’re riding on motorcycles.

    You do run a bit on the wild side :D

  27. Roca.:

    “That’s a shame..
    It’s funny when Altered Beast etc.. has trophy support, but PSone classics do not”

    Altered Beast was released as a PSN game. PSN games are required to have trophies. PS1 games don’t required trophies.

    It’d be nice if PS1 had trophies tho.

  28. ncaissie:

    LOL @phranc.

  29. ncaissie:

    She has the new Yukon so she drives and I read my comics or watch movies on my iPad. When we take the truck I drive and she plays on her iPad.

  30. oldschool1987:

    “Turd Burgler = One of the best achievements/trophies ever!”

    Glad someone else found that funny. I was throwing shit around for ages lol.

  31. Roca.:

    When I have kids I’ll have them watch the movie 2012 and I’ll tell them I survived that 8)

  32. phranctoast:

    @Roca

    I’m reading the Boston Globe totally expecting the Sox fans to be talking their shit about Mo.

    I’m so happy to be wrong.

    Sox fans earned a bit of my respect today.

  33. Roca.:

    Sox fans are always talking shit…

    sucks what happened to Mo :(

  34. Kushy:

    “When I have kids I’ll have them watch the movie 2012 and I’ll tell them I survived that”

    @Roca

    Perhaps not if it really does happen! lol ;)

  35. CAD:

    “The most likely outcome will be Microsoft quietly sliding a few briefcases over to Motorola or Google containing billions to settle the matter.”

    @Mike you obviously know very little about the situation. Let me bring you upto speed.

    “The injunction follows a ruling claiming the software giant had infringed two Motorola patents required to support H.264 video coding and playback.

    An official statement from Motorola reads the following:

    “We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property.”

    According to reports, this is just one of several cases involving around 50 properties owned by the smartphone manufacturer. Microsoft has stated that should the software giant meet the demands of Motorola an annual bill would be in the region of $4bn (£2.5bn). The manufacturer has denied this claim.

    A statement from Microsoft has been published, which highlights how the company will look to appeal the decision.

    “This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web. Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise.”

    Motorola cannot enforce the ruling made by the German courts until a Seattle-based judge lifts a restraining order. This restriction was put in place by Microsoft after it claimed Motorola was actively abusing its Frand-committments (pact to license innovations required for widely used technologies under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms). A hearing is to be held on May 7th.”

  36. ncaissie:

    Yeah, listen to the fanboy Mike! Gees

  37. CarlB:

    I do think the screen on both sides concept is attractive:

    http://mobile.blorge.com/2012/04/26/microsoft-wants-all-over-screens-on-phones/

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