Report: Xbox Next to block used games, require always-on Internet connection

Posted by Shane McGlaun

We all know Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Next (720) will be debuting this year at E3 2013 in Los Angeles.

Although Redmond has understandably remained quiet about the specs for the game console, rumors continue to swirl as the launch date draws closer.

According to sources who claim to have first-hand experience with the Xbox Next, the console won't allow players to load used video games. The sources also claims that while the console focuses heavily on online functionality, games will continue to be sold in physical format. Another allleged downside? The 720 will supposedly require an Internet connection to function, with a updated version of Live said to be an integral part of the new system.

As expected, upgraded Kinect hardware will ship along with the next-generation Xbox, while games will be sold on 50 GB Blu-ray discs. To facilitate the blocking of used video games, all titles are said to ship with activation codes that won't work beyond the initial user.

If true, that raises the question of what gamers will do if their console is nonfunctional and they have to to replace it. If the games only allow one 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.

Rumored specifications for the next Xbox include an eight core AMD X 64 processor running at 1.6 GHz. The console is tipped to include a D3D11.x 800 MHz graphics platform and 8 GB of RAM. It's unclear exactly how much storage the console will come with but we obviously expect significantly more than offered on current generation Xbox 360s. Unfortunately, It's also still unclear if the next-generation Xbox will support the playback of Blu-ray movies.