U.S. judge recommends banning the sale of Xbox 360 (But why?)

Fans of the Xbox 360 may be out of luck soon, as a new court ruling could see the popular videogame console yanked from store shelves—that is, unless President Barack Obama saves it. Huh?

Motorola and Microsoft have been tied up in a copyright battle for a while now over some Motorola WiFi and video codec patents used in the console, and U.S. Judge David Shaw has actually recommended against the continued sale of the Xbox 360 in the United States until the matter is resolved.

"Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers," Shaw said according to IGN.

Microsoft is arguing that a sales ban would be unfair to consumers, while Shaw is of the opinion that companies like Sony and Nintendo could fill the videogame void for U.S. players.

Though Shaw has heard the case, the decision now falls to the International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC is expected to make a formal decision in August.

If the ITC agrees with Shaw's ruling, the next stop is the White House, where President Barack Obama and his advisers will make the final call.

So, technically, the Prez could hold the fate of Halo 4 in his hands.

Sound off: What's your take on all this?

(Via IGN)

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