Praising a company for trying to sue another company isnâ€™t something I do regularly, but Iâ€™m quite pleased that Datel have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for blocking all third-party Xbox 360 memory cards.
Mircosoftâ€™s intention was to stop people from using the type of memory cards in which an SD card can be inserted to fiddle around with the consoleâ€™s firmware and stuff. Thatâ€™s all well and good and perfectly understandable. Whatâ€™s less than understandable is that the software update even blocks just plain old memory cards, of which Datel claims they have sold old over 50,000 units.
The courts may rule in Datelâ€™s favour – itâ€™s basically monopolising, forcing all competitors to remove their somewhat cheaper products from the market and leaving the consumer with nothing but Microsoftâ€™s expensive options. We shall see.