Microsoft considers licensing Xbox 360 software


— 3:56 AM on July 1, 2005

CNN is reporting that Microsoft may license the software behind its upcoming Xbox 360 game console.

The arrangements being considered are similar to those that Microsoft has employed in the past by working with other companies, including Japanese electronics makers, to install its Windows operating system in personal computers, Okabe said.

It's unclear whether such gadgets will carry the Xbox brand name or some other name, and whether the software that may become available to outsiders will be Xbox or Xbox 360.

With Sony's Cell processor destined for consumer electronics gear, perhaps it makes sense for Microsoft to expand its own game console's reach to other devices, as well. Microsoft's current Xbox can already interface with Windows Media Center Edition PCs. Software licensing could allow the Xbox 360 games to run directly on set-top boxes and other such devices.
 
   
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