With rumors of next gen consoles spewing out from the Internet, its all become quite mind numbing at this point. However, one online publication claims that developers working on the next Xbox console have revealed the goods on the Xbox 720.
According to Edge, several sources with first hand knowledge have confided in the publication that the next Xbox console will be wholly committed to online functionality. Apparently, the console will have to be connected to the Internet at all times to play the games. Games will still be available over discs but will ship with an activation code that authenticates via online similarly to PC games.
Such a move can only mean that Microsoft may be onboard to blocking used games sales via DRM countermeasures.
The Xbox 720 will also sport a Blu-ray drive capable of reading 50GB discs, possibly conceding to Sony as Microsoft backed HD-DVD earlier on in its lifecycle. At that time Microsoft indicated that the company would not adopt Blu-ray as it felt that the next step would be digital distribution.
Edge’s sources have also confirmed initial rumors that the Xbox 720 will house an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz processor, D3D11.x 800MHz graphics chip and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console will also come with a next gen Kinect camera.
Several development sources have confirmed that Sony’s PS4 is more powerful due to the lower overhead of the OS, and open nature of the hardware while Microsoft is apparently forcing devs to use approved development libraries only.
With the source being developers with the hardware in hand, it does lend a small nugget of credence to these claims. However, its difficult to believe that Microsoft would lock out used video game sales on its next gen console. As I mentioned previously, thinking that the manufacturers would block used games on its consoles is silly. Doing so would give its competition significant advantage unless Sony was also planning on doing the same thing.