Claim: Microsoft Xbox 720 (Next) to block used video games

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Reports and rumors about Microsoft's Xbox 720 (Next) console failing to support used video games have continued to circulate in recent weeks. 

The latest fuel for the rumor fire comes from Eidos president Ian Livingstone who recently claimed the console could block pre-owned video games and may require an active Internet connection. Nevertheless, Livingstone also noted that the next-generation system wasn't ready to move to a digital only method for distributing games.

"The next iteration of consoles--the PS4 and the next Xbox, have got optical disc drives even though they probably don’t want to have them," said Livingstone. "Broadband speed globally isn’t a level that justifies digital-only.”

It's worth noting that similar rumors were floating around about the Sony PlayStation 4 with many insisting the console would block used video games. However, when Sony finally officially unveiled the PlayStation 4, those concerns turned out to be unwarranted.

Livingstone says that Microsoft has "gone halfway" and is using a distribution method that's part physical and part digital, effectively blocking pre-owned games in the process.

“With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an Internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another," claimed Livingstone.

The Eidos exec also said he believes the generation after the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will move to digital delivery only for video games.

Microsoft's Xbox 720 is slated to debut this summer at E3 2013 in Los Angeles.