Microsoft and Google have decided to end their ongoing patent wars, agreeing to dismiss all outstanding patent lawsuits before courts in the US and elsewhere.
Both companies said Wednesday that they had agreed to dismiss around 20 patent lawsuits brought to court over the past five years over royalties for patents related to smartphones, Wi-Fi and Web video protocols.
The companies did not disclose the exact terms of the agreement, however they did say that they had agreed to join forces on patent matters and that they would likely work together in other areas in the future to benefit customers. The companies declined to elaborate on what that collaboration entails.
The settlement seems to mark a new chapter for the two companies, which have historically been rivals over smartphone patents. The dispute resulted in a series of patent suits filed in recent years by the two companies, hoping to extract royalties or get their competitors' devices banned from sale in the US altogether.
Are Next Gen Games Going to Be $70?
Pricing on next-gen games is a slight complicated. Many Xbox Series X-compatible games launching this fall, including Ubisoft's fall lineup, will cost $60. Others, like NBA 2K21, will cost $70. But... perhaps not? Take-Two went back on its preliminary price point declaration for Xbox Series X and PS5 games, so only time will express. However, first-party Sony PS5 games are listed at $69.99 on numerous retailer sites, so it's utterly possible.
Examination retailer pages for Xbox Series X games, you realize the $70 price tag all over the place. Eventually consumer demand will decree prices, but for now, the $60 game looks like it's spearing around, but won't be much longer.
Xbox Series X Games
Thanks to Microsoft's years-long push for backwards compatibility, Xbox Series X will unveiling with "thousands of games." Some of the big launch-window titles that have been proclaimed include Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Check out our Xbox Series X game list wiki for an up-to-date list of all the established and rumored Series X titles.
Microsoft released the official Xbox Series X technical specs on February 24, auspicious 12 teraflops of graphical processing influence and backwards compatibility all the way back to the original Xbox console.
It all began in 2010 when Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft accused Motorola, later acquired by Mountain View, California-based Google of infringing on a number of Microsoft's patents. Motorola counter-sued, claiming that Microsoft had infringed on 16 of its wireless and Web video patents used in Microsoft's PC and server software, Windows Mobile, and Xbox systems.
Microsoft, along with other major companies like Apple licenses patents from companies like Google for their products. Some of those patents have been regarded as essential patents, which means, the company owning them is required to offer them on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis. Microsoft also sued Motorola, claiming that Motorola was charging way too much for its essential patents.
In 2013, Microsoft won its case when US District Judge James Robart said the company should be paying $1.8 million a year for royalties on the patents it uses. Motorola had demanded $4 billion per year.
Google too entered the battle in 2011 after acquiring Motorola Mobility. The search giant argued that the royalty rates applied to the patents were fair. While under Google's ownership, Motorola even tried to overturn the Microsoft patent ruling, but that effort failed.
In 2014, Google sold off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, however it continued to still be a part of the case because it kept Motorola's patents, including those involved in the Microsoft case.
Here's a quick rundown of the Xbox Series X technical specifications:
- Custom-designed AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 processor
- A "patented form" of variable rate shading (VRS)
- DirectX raytracing (hardware accelerated)
- SSD storage
- HDMI 2.1
- 120fps support
The console's Velocity Architecture, Microsoft Says, should unkind we'll realize smaller game file sizes, less and quicker loading, along with other instant benefits. Microsoft also showed off the Xbox Series X UI, saying its new boundary reduces load times to the home screen on start-up and when returning to it from a game.
Xbox Series X Release Date
The Xbox Series X release date is officially November 10, 2020 or may be sooner. It assumed a long time to get here, but we finally made it.
How to Preorder Xbox
My reference for safeguarding you get an Xbox is the same as for the PS5. Sign up for free accounts at the chief retailers now, so when the preorders do go live, you can just click through the check-out progression without needing to enter in your address and billing info while under pressure. Keep an eye on the IGN Deals Twitter account, and make certain you have the cash on-hand for retailers like Best Buy and Walmart that put a grasp on your account for the full amount.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders go live September 22 at 11 AM ET in the US, and 8 AM BST in the UK, according to Microsoft.
Significant the time and date makes things ample easier to plan for, unlike the surprise PS5 preorder drops we experienced. The downside is we could see even further server problems at major retailers, but expectantly they all learned from the PS5 situation. If you're watching to preorder an Xbox Series X or Series S in the UK, click here to find out everything you need to know.
Everything You Need to Know About Xbox Series X Preorders at a Glance
- Xbox Series X and Series S Release Date: November 10, 2020
- Xbox Series X Price: $499/ £449
- Xbox Series S Price: $299/ £249
- Xbox Series X and Series X Preorder Date: September 22, 2020
Xbox Series X Preorder Placeholder Pages
These pages formerly held Xbox preorder placeholder pages, although Amazon's has vanished into the internet ether. We'll update them with the freshest links as soon as they convert available.
Which Retailers Will Have Xbox Preorders?
According to Microsoft, the following retailers will have Xbox Series X and Series S preorders beginning 22 Sept, at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT:
- Microsoft Store
- Best Buy
- Sam’s Club
- "other participating retailers"
Xbox Series X Preorder Information Pages
We've recognized for a while now the Xbox Series X is coming November 2020, but the careful preorder date, price, and release date were closely held secrets for what seemed a perpetuity. Xbox Series X and Series S preorders go live September 22, with a $499 price tag and a November 10 release date.
Make assured to bookmark this page for updates, and for more abrupt info about Xbox One X and Xbox Series S preorders when they ultimately go live, be sure to follow IGN Deals on Twitter.