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Microsoft plans to charge license fee for Xbox 360 peripherals

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Microsoft plans to charge license fee for Xbox 360 peripherals

Manufacturers seeking to release peripherals for the Xbox 360 will have to pay royalties to Microsoft on each unit sold, with a new security system on the console preventing the connection of unlicensed devices.

As a result, only Microsoft-authorised joypads, steering wheels and other such devices will be released, according to a abridged version of a new contract between the software giant and peripheral maker Mad Catz which was released as part of a Mad Catz financial filiing this week.

Read the complete story. (gamesindustry.biz)