Xbox 720 Requires Constant Online Connection, Blocks Second-Hand Games

According to a new report from Edge, Microsoft’s next-gen console will require an Internet connection in order to function, meaning this will require the next Xbox to constantly stay connected online.

A new version of Xbox Live will be an integral component to the console, as opposed to an optional feature as it stands now. The publication states that “sources with first-hand experience” have claimed that the system, while fully committed to online functionality, will still have games in disc format.

However, once an activation code for each disc has been used, that game is locked to that system and user, and will no longer be playable for other users. This essentially blocks second-hand games completely. The discs will be 50GB Blu-ray discs.

One source confirmed that there is accuracy to the rumoured specs, with the console rocking “an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM”. The hard drive capacity is currently unknown.

A new and “more reliably responsive” Kinect will also come bundled alongside Microsoft’s new console. Interestingly, the report also claims that Sony’s PS4 camera system is said to share similar features.

I find this all pretty hard to believe. As greedy as they may be, I have my doubts that Microsoft would be stupid enough to alienate well over half of its fanbase. An Internet connection is nowhere near being a necessity in every home yet, let alone a reliable one that must be constantly online. There is also no sense in blocking the second-hand market completely, angering gamers and retailers and single-handedly crashing the market.

I’m very skeptical of these “sources”. But if there’s even a hint of truth to any of these claims, things are looking bad for the next generation.

[Source: Edge via Explosion]

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