Microsoft’s next Xbox will block used games and require an Internet connection [Rumor]February 7, 2013 9 Email article | Print article
The next-generation of video game consoles is closer than ever, with Sony rumored to announced their next PlayStation in 2 weeks. Microsoft probably didn’t want Sony to hog all the limelight, and fortunately for them some more news about the next Xbox has surfaced — it might be not good news, however.
A report from Edge says that the next Xbox won’t be allowed to play used games. Games on disc will ship with one-time-use activation codes, making the games useless to anyone except the first person that purchased it — effectively eliminating the used games market for the console. But will that also mean people won’t be able to lend each other games anymore? And if the codes are tied to your account, does that mean people in the same household would have to purchase their own “license” to play the game, unless they use your account to play? Yikes.
The report also mentions that the console, which is codenamed Durango, will require an Internet connection to use. I know most of us have constant connections to the Internet and that won’t be a problem. But what about those people that don’t? Is Microsoft saying that they simply don’t want to sell their console to that subset of people? And for the people with Internet connections at home, there is still the possibility of service interruptions. Would that mean no single-player games for you until you’re connected to the Internet?
So many questions. But hopefully for all the gamers out there, Microsoft provides some alternatives.
What do you think? Are these requirements overkill? Let us know in the comments!