Next Xbox rumours point to "always connected", games must install to HDD
Last month, it was reported that Microsoft will introduce a new way to combat used games.
Reports this week are re-enforcing those rumours and that Microsoft's next gen console will enforce gamers to install the game in it's entirety onto the hard disk.
The installation will require the system to activate codes for 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs as the disc themselves will not be required to run like previous consoles from Microsoft. The hard disk is purported to allow for a large number of games installed.
The leaks also reference an "always on, always connected" console that lends it weight to a way to block used games on the system.
Durango SDK explains that the console will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use. This will allow for 'instant' play as it will always maintain an internet connection that will keep games and software updates current. (Notwithstanding the long wait that will incur installing the data off the Blu-ray Discs and online downloads after a purchase.)
Though the leaked documents are dated from a year a go, Microsoft have yet to announce the new console and whether this implementation if true will affect pre-owned games.
Since announcing the PlayStation 4 in late February, Sony have stated that the PS4 will play used games.
The leaks also detailed the new Kinect system which will be bundled with every Microsoft console. At a recent tech forum, Microsoft demonstrated a new generation Kinect sensor with high fidelity and without a tilt motor.
Microsoft is expected to announce the next generation console and kinect system at E3 this year.
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