While it seemed unlikely, there was always the chance, however remote, that a battle of patents between Microsoft and Motorola could have seen the Xbox 360 taken off store shelves.
The Microsoft v Motorola court case that's been bubbling away since 2010 seems to be heating up in all the wrong ways for the Xbox 360 manufacturer, with a judge involved recommending that the console's US imports and sales be halted immediately.
A story that's been brewing since 2010 just took an interesting turn: a judge from the US International Trade Commission agrees that Microsoft's Xbox 360 infringes upon five patents held by Motorola, mostly related to video codecs. Note this is just a preliminary ruling, and it'll take more decisive court action…
The US International Trade Commission currently has Microsoft under investigation, following a complaint from Motorola that the Xbox 360 violates a number of patents held by the telco.
Not everything inside the Xbox 360 was designed by Microsoft; the console's wi-fi capabilities (hold the jokes) and some its video codecs are licensed from Motorola. And are now the subject of a court battle between the two companies.
If you've ever played a game on a touch screen device, you know just how important it is that the screen recognize, perfectly, what you're stylus or finger is up to at any given moment.