Patent Number: 7,765,401

Title: Multiple user authentication for online console-based gaming

Abstract: A console-based multi-user authentication process allows multiple users of a game console to be authenticated together in a single request/reply exchange with an authentication entity. The results of which is the possession of a single ticket that can be used to prove authenticity of multiple authentication principals to one or more online services. Also described is a handshake process that can be used to initially establish an authentication account for each game console, in which the account creation server can trust that a genuine game console is making the request.

Inventors: Multerer; Boyd C. (Seattle, WA), Chen; Ling Tony (Bellevue, WA), Anderson; Darren L. (Bellevue, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018