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Microsoft Says No to 3rd-party Xbox 360 Wireless Accessories

Discussion in 'News' started by D_o_S, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. D_o_S

    D_o_S Moderator

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    Rumor has it that Microsoft likes to keep its secrets to itself - most recently regarding its wireless standard used on the Xbox 360. While Microsoft's competitor, Sony, with its PS3, uses a Bluetooth connection to pair up wireless devices, Microsoft has its own standard, which it does not intend on opening to others.

    This prevents 3-rd party manufacturers from creating wireless devices compatible with the Xbox 360.

    The developers for Guitar Hero have already butted heads with Microsoft over the issue and the end result was a guitar controller that is tethered via a USB cable instead of wirelessly. "Well, that's a Microsoft issue. Their wireless technology is proprietary...so they aren't allowing 3rd party manufacturers to make anything at the moment....so until they allow us to do so, we aren't able to," said Red Octane's Bryan Lam.

    Interestingly enough, there is no mention of using a USB dongle to provide wireless functionality for the controller. Red Octane used a wireless dongle for the PlayStation 2 version of Guitar Hero so is it unexpected to think that the same couldn’t be done for the Xbox 360?

    Source: Daily Tech
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  2. Jimmy 2004

    Jimmy 2004 New Member

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    Yeah, what stopping them using the USB port? It would be similar to the way to old Playstation 3rd party controllers worked with a wireless adaptor plugged into the console itself. Then it could use whatever standard it wanted...
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  3. newtekie1

    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

    Nov 22, 2005
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    Why should they waste extra money making an extra wireless dongle when the console has built in wireless already?

    Personally if I was RedOctane, I would force 360 users to be tethered by the cord. If microsoft doesn't want to let others use their wireless, then let their console owners suffer, it is just another reason to not buy a 360.
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