This shameless attack on competition by Microsoft doesn’t come as a great surprise, but it’s one more reason why they deserve to lose the console war.
Microsoft has announced that the coming update for the 360 will ensure that only authorized memory units function with the 360. This means that after your 360 is updated you won’t be able to access any saved games on any form of memory that is not officially authorized.
Unfortunately, Sony and Nintendo have also done incredibly dickish things to their customers, and they deserve to lose it, too.
Maybe we should be keeping score, drawing a line in the relevant column each time they behave like the aggressive and anti-consumer arseholes they are, and the company with the most check marks at the end of the generation officially loses. Of course, by then it’ll be by definition a bit late to refuse to buy their console, so I doubt they’d care. Dammit.
UPDATE: Datel responds:
“If the Major Nelson blog is to be taken at face value then we’re disappointed to see that Microsoft are taking these steps to prevent customers from exercising their freedom of choice,” a company spokesperson told CVG. “Everyone is looking for ways to make their cash go further at the moment and we believe that Max Memory offers a good value, high capacity, alternative to the official memory unit.”
Duh. That’s why they’re arbitrarily sabotaging you, silly.
FURTHER: This is Microsoft’s pissweak excuse:
According to the rep, Microsoft is looking to “protect the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE service from cheating, which is the primary purpose and use of these unauthorized MUs.”
What utter bullshit. How do you cheat with a memory unit?