Microsoft Granted Updated Removable Module Patent for Game Consoles

The original patent application was filed in December 2004, or almost one year before the introduction of the Xbox 360, and granted in September 2010. The update was filed in April 2011.

The content of the patent is almost entirely unchanged, but Microsoft added 15 more references of prior art, one of them dating back to 1967, which describes a "Circuit breaker box and operator with improved lever and interlock means", and one other patent referring to an "encryption device interlock" invention from 1978 that explains a connector interlock plate for an electronic device cabinet.

Microsoft's patent details the addition of an external HDD to the Xbox 360, specifying the way how the device is attached and supported by the console frame.

 

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  • Fokissed
    iniudanI am pretty sure Nintendo does that since the 80s, but the only successful one outside of Japan was the RAM expansion of the N64.

    Or the Sega 32X. Or the Sega Mega-CD...
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  • thecolorblue
    does this mean that the patent expiration timer was just reset?

    if it does, then what we have here is yet another flagrant abuse of the patent system
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  • fuzzion
    Something is not right here....hmmmm
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  • iniudan
    I am pretty sure Nintendo does that since the 80s, but the only successful one outside of Japan was the RAM expansion of the N64.
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