Microsoft patent for streamlined Xbox 360 DLC purchasing approved

Wednesday, 17th March 2010 20:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Microsoft’s patent filing with the US Patent and Trademark office for a more efficient Xbox Live Marketplace downloadable purchase experience has been approved.

Filed back in 2008, the system allows users to download add-ons during a game, once prompted by said game that it’s missing the content, without leaving a gaming lobby.

So, say for instance that you were playing an online game with a pal, but the map you wish to play is not on your system. A prompt would pop up from XBL asking you if you wish to download the content. Should you choose yes, you can pay, download the content and install it without exiting out of the lobby.

Pretty nifty, we have to admit.

The patent was just approved this month, so hopefully Microsoft can implement it soon.

Thanks, Joystiq, Eurogamer.



  1. frod

    now it’s even easier to purchase worthless virtual crap :-)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. CircleOfFire

    I can’t believe there’s no prior art on this, shows how broken the software patent system is that something as simple as this can be patented.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    Yeah, this is really obvious stuff. Unless they have some very specific method of doing this, it should not be possible to patent something as simple as this.

    #3 5 years ago

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