Report: Xbox 720 (Next) powered by "core version" of Windows 8

Last month, technical analyst Paul Thurrott accurately predicted that Microsoft's long-awaited Xbox 720 (Next) console would debut on May 21. This week, Thurrott reported that the next-gen console is powered by a core version of Windows 8.

Is the game industry ready for "always-on" consoles?

Multiple claims that Microsoft's upcoming 720 (Next) console will require an "always-on" Internet connection for games to load have sparked both controversy and dismay in recent weeks.