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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if it does, then what we have here is yet another flagrant abuse of the patent system
I would like to notice that I only named one that was successful outside of Japan...
Else want a modem for your NES ?
A 12 year old understands that other people have valid opinions.
Why an X-box?
It costs 1/2 of the graphics card I just purchased and I've gone through many such upgrades during the life of the 360.
You can sit down in a more social setting with others in the living room.
It accomplishes what you can do on a PC (say watch Huluplus, Skype, Play music) without the technical hassle of hooking a PC up to an entertainment system. It also boots and gets on task in a fraction of the time.
It has a Kinect sensor so you can say "xbox, pause" when you need to get more popcorn.
Don't be an elitist PC gamer. I game more on PC but it's not that hard to see why I also have an Xbox.
Does a Boy Friend count?