New Xbox may block used games

  • The next generation of Microsoft's Xbox - also known as the Xbox Next or Xbox Loop - may not play used games, and looks set to use Blu-ray rather than DVDs.

    According to games blog Kotaku, a source claims that there will be a built-in mechanism in the Xbox 720 that blocks used games.

    This would do much to satisfy disgruntled publishers, resentful of outfits such as Gamestation and Game, which offer second-hand titles at a fraction of the cost of new ones. If the move goes ahead, it's unlikely to draw much praise from players.

    While there's no word as to how exactly such a block would be achieved, Kotaku suggests it could involve by permanently tying games to a single Xbox account.

    This wouldn't necessarily stop players playing offline, but would prevent multiplayer gaming.

    Also touted for inclusion in the new Xbox is a new version of the Kinect hands-free game controller, containing an on-board processor to improve motion detection.

    This latest rumor comes just days after reports that Microsoft's already turning out the Oban chip expected to power the console - and while the story is that these are just for developers, the news indicates that a launch shouldn't be more than a year away.
    For those that can't wait that long to find out more, other tantalizing rumors include the suggestion that the Xbox 720 will be a whopping six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360 and a fifth more than the upcoming Wii U, expected to go on sale later this year.

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