More Next-Xbox Rumors Point to Always Online, No Used Games
Last week’s pre-announcement-announcement from Sony—which many believe will signal the first reveal of the company’s next-gen console—kicked the rumor cycle into high gear. After posting alleged specs about Sony’s next machine, supposedly verified by reliable, unnamed sources, Edge has today posted a whole slew of rumors regarding Microsoft’s next console. And hold onto your butts: none of this sounds particularly appealing.
According to the post, the next Xbox will “require an Internet connection in order to function,” and that “games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user.” The console will also be packed with a new and improved Kinect, so, you know, not a single one of these rumors sounds like anything that makes me say, “gosh, that’s keen.”
The post also lists alleged hardware specs: “an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.” Interestingly, where we’ve now heard multiple reports that the PS4’s controller will feature a touch-interface of some kind—joining the Wii U’s touch-based GamePad—there’s no corresponding rumor for touch-integration for the next Xbox, aside from their SmartGlass app (which was unveiled a couple months ago, and has failed to really be anything as impressive as it once promised to be at E3). Anyway.
Regarding the “activation codes”: maybe? Maybe this will happen? Back when Sony’s patent for such tech was reported on last month, our own Adam Kovic explained why and how it would probably not amount to anything. And I’d be surprised if the console manufacturers decided to cut game resellers like GameStop out of such an important money-maker…but this rumor sure has popped up a lot in recent months. Until we get some official word from Microsoft or Sony, we’ll just have to wait and wonder. But considering how many sales transactions take place in the digital world with Steam, XBLA, and the PSN, I feel like it’s not actually as much of a stretch as it might have once seemed.
But the always-on internet necessity? That sounds pretty nuts to me considering that not every home in the country even has access to high-speed internet. Hrm.
I’m not even going to ask what you think of this: I already know. But feel free to sound off in the comments anyway.