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Lawsuit Filed Against Microsoft Over “Willful” Patent Infringement Relating To In-Game Graphical Lighting And Shadowing Methods

Lawsuits are nothing new in the game industry and a lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft by Infernal Technologies and Terminal Reality over “willful” infringement over patents for Graphical Lighting and Shadowing Methods.

Microsoft is facing the lawsuit for the infringement of the Patents “6,362,822” and “7,061,488” which are actually related to Graphical Lighting and Shadowing Methods used in games.

According to Terminal Reality, during the development of Nocturne, Bloodrayne, and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct the studio built the Infernal Engine which itself is licensed to other developing studios.

According to the filed lawsuit, the games that infringe on Patents ‘488 and ‘822 are and not limited to: Crackdown series, multiple Forza games, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, Sea Of Thieves, and Halo 5.

According to studios, Microsoft is “intimately familiar with the nature and scope” of the patents since at least 2005.

Speaking of Microsoft, the company seemingly is considering a new type of DRAM and GDDR6 as the main memory for the next Xbox. According to a job listing, Microsoft is considering a new type of DRAM and GDDR6 memory for the next Xbox iteration.

According to the listing, the company is looking for a Senior Engineer for DRAM memory solution who will be working alongside the Xbox hardware development team.

Speaking of the consoles, Final Fantasy 15 director, Hajime Tabata, expects the next consoles to be cloud-based. According to Tabata, the game consoles will evolve and follow the steps of the film and music industry which has embraced the streaming services.

However, according to Collin Moore, the next Xbox might not see a complete hardware upgrade or architectural change but could be iterative one like the iPhone.

What do you think of the lawsuit filed against Microsoft over “willful” infringement of patents for Graphical Lighting and Shadowing Methods? Let us know in the comments.

Source: GamesIndustry