Despite being the country's highest selling games console, a judge has suggested the Xbox 360 is banned from sale in the US amid patent disputes
With Germany courts having already moved to ban Microsoft shipping its gamer to the country following a ruling that it infringed on four Motorola held patents, International Trade Commission judge David Shaw has announced that the 360 console should also be barred from sale in the States.
Coming under fire for the claimed unlicensed use of four patents that surround the H.264 video compression codec as well as wireless technologies that enable the console to communicate with its controllers, the fate of America Xbox sales now rests on the decision of a six strong board of ITC commissioners.
With a decision to be made prior to August 23rd, Microsoft has argued that a sales ban on the Xbox 360 would see a lack of market competition, with just the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii available, deplete consumer’s options and stagnate the industry.
"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," an official Microsoft spokesman said earlier this month in response to the yet to be enforced Germany sales ban.
"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."