[Rumour] Next Xbox requires always-on internet connection

Microsoft’s next console will reportedly require an internet connection to function, essentially banning the use of second hand games. Xbox live is said to be integral to the new console, with a new version of Kinect shipping with the package.

Sources with first-hand experience have told Edge magazine that although the console will be committed to online functionality, games will still be made available for purchase on 50GB Blu Rays. However, they will ship with activation codes, rendering them useless after they are activated once.

The sources also confirmed the reported specs for the console, with an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM on the way. It looks impressive, but keep in mind that this will probably last us till 2020.

The architecture of both Sony and Microsoft’s next gen offerings looks to closely resemble PCs, but Sony is said to have far more processing power. Microsoft is banking on a more oppressive OS, Kinect, and Online functionality to see them through in the next generation.

Nintendo look set to spend another generation lagging far behind, as far as hardware goes. We’ll find out more about Sony’s next console at their press conference on the 20th of February.

Source: Edge

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