More fallout over alleged Xbox 720 used game block

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 (Next) console may block used games and and require a persistent Internet connection.

Although Redmond has yet to either confirm or deny the report, GameStop spokesman Matt Hodges moved quickly to criticize the expected ban of second-hand games.

"We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games," Hodges told Bloomberg.

In addition, a ban on second-hand titles raises the question of what gamers will do if their console is nonfunctional and they have to to replace it. For example, if a title only allows for a single activation, gamers would not only have to replace the damaged console, but their entire game library as well, a scenario that doesn't make all that much sense to us.

As previously discussed on TG Daily, Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 (Next) console will reportedly support wake-on-voice, natural language controls and speech-to-text. According to The Verge, the above-mentioned capabilities will allow Xbox users to walk into a room and say "Xbox on" to activate the new console.

In addition, Redmond may also be investigating the possibility of a Kinect sensor that could be programmed to detect the number of individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using its voice platform.