Preis pro 1 Gb: Microsoft 179,80 Eur
Preis pro 1 Gb: Datel 11,48 Eur
Microsoft zeigt wieder beispiellos wie hart man durchgreift wenns darum geht die eigene Hardware für marktunüblich teure Preise an den Mann zu bringen. Mit dem letzten FW Update der Xbox 360 hat MS nicht nur mehrere millionen User vom Netz gebannt sondern gleich noch Zubehör welches nicht von MS selbst stammt.
Datel sues Microsoft over memory cards
Peripheral manufacturer Datel has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, after the console maker blocked all but its own memory devices from working on the Xbox 360.
Law firm Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin will be representing Datel in San Francisco federal court, with the senior attorney for the case commenting: „Microsoft has taken steps to render inoperable the competing Datel memory card for no visible purpose other than to have that market entirely to themselves.“
„They accomplished their recent update by making a system change that will not recognise or allow operation of a memory card with greater capacity than their own. We believe that with the power Microsoft enjoys in the market for Xbox accessories this conduct is unlawful,“ he added.
The source of the controversy is the recent dashboard update, which rendered all „unauthorised Memory Units“ inactive. A brief description of the change, quoted in Datel’s official complaint, was made by Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, who warned that: „If you continue to use an unauthorised Memory Unit after the update, you will not be able to access your stored profile or saved games.“
Datel, who are asking for a jury trial, contend that: „Microsoft’s purpose in disabling Datel’s memory cards is to prevent consumers from choosing a Datel product that offers far better value for the price. There is no benefit to consumers from Microsoft’s decision to target and disable Datel’s memory cards.“
Howard Rice goes further and describes Microsoft’s actions as „predatory conduct undertaken to deliberately harm competition with no benefit whatsoever to consumers.“
Microsoft ist Marktführer wenn es darum geht den Ertrag pro Kunde zu steigern.