• The Next Gen Xbox Might Require Constant Internet Connection


    Additional alleged Xbox 720 details have come to light today. Sources speaking to Edge said the platform will require an Internet connection to function and that a new version of Xbox Live will be an "integral" component of Microsoft's new platform. Though Microsoft is reportedly "absolutely committed" to online functionality for its new machine, games will still be offered in physical form, the sources said.

    In addition, the sources said games for the new system will ship with activation codes and "have no value beyond the initial user." This falls in line with a report from last year, which said the Xbox 720 could block used games in some way. Analysts do not believe this is likely.

    These games will reportedly be manufactured on 50GB Blu-ray discs, an upgrade from the DVD drive the Xbox 360 currently sports. Sony's PlayStation 3 supports Blu-ray, and it has since it was first launched in 2006. Blu-ray disc capacity is significantly greater than that of DVD.

    In addition, the sources said Microsoft will ship a new version of Kinect alongside the Xbox 720. No further information was made available, though a previous report said "Kinect V2" could support four-player full-body tracking and allow gamers to sit down while playing. In addition, this technology is believed to adapt to players' living room, meaning they will not need to move furniture for an optimal experience.

    Lastly, Edge's source said the previously rumored Xbox 720's specifications will include an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800 MHz graphics solution, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. At present, the platform's hard drive capacity is still reportedly up in the air.

    An Xbox 360 successor is, of course, still unannounced and Microsoft did not comment on this report. It may not be long before that changes, as the platform holder is rumored to announce the Xbox 720 during an Apple-style media presentation in late March, perhaps in conjunction with the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

    Sony is holding a "PlayStation Meeting" February 20 in New York City where the company is rumored to announce the PlayStation 4. GameSpot will be in attendance.
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. ATypicalAssasin's Avatar
      ATypicalAssasin -
      i bet..its name gonna be Xbox 8' Not 720.I am semi sure.Possibility 95%!!
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      I think it will be called only Xbox or something else
    1. CvP's Avatar
      CvP -
      They say PS3 will have something similar too.
    1. aayman's Avatar
      aayman -
      I'm more worried about the used-game blocking mechanism. I know I'd seriously consider not getting the consoles.
    1. Trave160's Avatar
      Trave160 -
      And i was right, it will be in Blu-ray. Suck on that to those who thought otherwise
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
      I'm more worried about the used-game blocking mechanism. I know I'd seriously consider not getting the consoles.
      I don't know how they plan to implement this in Europe as they have laws that state that an item bought by an individual is his property and he can resell it or do what ever with it and that law applies to Games/Software as well. There is currently a lawsuit against Steam in UK. Its states that a steam user should be given access to resell his/her game.

      I think it just shows how much greedy the game industry has become. You don't see other entertainment industry like music or movies implement such peculiar blocking mechanism. Imagine you bough a movie dvd or blu ray and lets say after 5 years you decide to give it to someone else (not sell). but wait, you can't do that because it has used-movie blocking mechanism, same goes for music as well.

      Seeing all these I think there is another video game crash coming like in the 80's.
    1. aayman's Avatar
      aayman -
      Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
      I don't know how they plan to implement this in Europe as they have laws that state that an item bought by an individual is his property and he can resell it or do what ever with it and that law applies to Games/Software as well. There is currently a lawsuit against Steam in UK. Its states that a steam user should be given access to resell his/her game.
      A lot depends on that case actually. If Valve loses then there might be a fighting chance for this as well.
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
      A lot depends on that case actually. If Valve loses then there might be a fighting chance for this as well.
      Valve should lose that case. Not buying any consoles if this used game blocking ¤¤¤¤ is in place. Also, I always promoted buying of original games if you have the money. But, if used game blocking is in place, I think these consoles should be modded the day they launch them and all games on them should be pirated and that is a high probability since console ban might be lifted from mainland china after 11-12 years now.
    1. muscle's Avatar
      muscle -
      Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
      I think it will be called only Xbox or something else
      I like the way you think. Its so out this world

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      Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
      I don't know how they plan to implement this in Europe as they have laws that state that an item bought by an individual is his property and he can resell it or do what ever with it and that law applies to Games/Software as well. There is currently a lawsuit against Steam in UK. Its states that a steam user should be given access to resell his/her game.

      I think it just shows how much greedy the game industry has become. You don't see other entertainment industry like music or movies implement such peculiar blocking mechanism. Imagine you bough a movie dvd or blu ray and lets say after 5 years you decide to give it to someone else (not sell). but wait, you can't do that because it has used-movie blocking mechanism, same goes for music as well.

      Seeing all these I think there is another video game crash coming like in the 80's.
      Ok, here i go, I was waiting for this . At the back of every disc there is written- Unauthorised copying, rental, pay for play, blah blah blah is strictly prohibited, so as you buy the thing you accept their term whether you read/understand or not. Contract law portasi to, aktu paknaki korlam r ki.

      But akta sotto kotha, what if you had a console/game industry. Wouldn't you want everyone to buy an original disc instead of the pirated/used one? It may get expensive for us BDs but does those gaming industries even know we exist? I don't see anything unfair here.
    1. aayman's Avatar
      aayman -
      Quote Originally Posted by muscle View Post
      Ok, here i go, I was waiting for this . At the back of every disc there is written- Unauthorised copying, rental, pay for play, blah blah blah is strictly prohibited, so as you buy the thing you accept their term whether you read/understand or not. Contract law portasi to, aktu paknaki korlam r ki.

      But akta sotto kotha, what if you had a console/game industry. Wouldn't you want everyone to buy an original disc instead of the pirated/used one? It may get expensive for us BDs but does those gaming industries even know we exist? I don't see anything unfair here.
      Used game sales are not illegal, and it's not covered in the game ToS either. The game's online service is though because technically, they sold you the license to the access online, not whoever you sell it to. But current gen doesn't have the mechanism in place to lock out online play.

      A lot rests on the Valve case though, Valve is digital and might get off using the license to access argument but physical discs are another thing. They can write whatever they want in their ToS, as long as EU Law states otherwise, it doesn't matter.
    1. CvP's Avatar
      CvP -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
      A lot depends on that case actually. If Valve loses then there might be a fighting chance for this as well.
      Valve will lose that case. It is just a matter of time.

      In that time, they will try to find a work around (like games requiring buying access to online servers to play most of the content while basic game offering something bullshit to get around the law).
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      Quote Originally Posted by muscle View Post
      I like the way you think. Its so out this world

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      Ok, here i go, I was waiting for this . At the back of every disc there is written- Unauthorised copying, rental, pay for play, blah blah blah is strictly prohibited, so as you buy the thing you accept their term whether you read/understand or not. Contract law portasi to, aktu paknaki korlam r ki.

      But akta sotto kotha, what if you had a console/game industry. Wouldn't you want everyone to buy an original disc instead of the pirated/used one? It may get expensive for us BDs but does those gaming industries even know we exist? I don't see anything unfair here.
      Regarding the name, its not my thought, its just one of the rumors flying around the gaming sites and regarding piracy I am not saying someone should copy games and play it. But why should second hand genuine games(used) be blocked? It does not make any sense as no other consumer entertainment product does that.
    1. muscle's Avatar
      muscle -
      Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
      Regarding the name, its not my thought, its just one of the rumors flying around the gaming sites and regarding piracy I am not saying someone should copy games and play it. But why should second hand genuine games(used) be blocked? It does not make any sense as no other consumer entertainment product does that.
      I agree, as we all have the right to share. After all sharing is caring.
    1. k39bk's Avatar
      k39bk -
      Instead of becoming 'User Friendly' gaming industry is becoming 'Publisher Friendly' day by day & that 'always online' will do them more harm than good......& most horrofying thing is if they are able to successfully impliment 'always online' & 'No used copy' policy in next gen consoles there will be hardly any AAA titles that will be released on PC.. :/
    1. NGT's Avatar
      NGT -
      niceeeee
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