Report: Xbox 720 Will Require Online Connection, Pre-Owned Games Blocked

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Games for the next generation Xbox will require an internet connection in order to function and block the use of pre-owned games.

That’s according to a new report by Edge, citing "sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next generation console," which states that Xbox Live will become an "integral" rather than "optional" feature of Microsoft’s next console.

The report claims that retail games will come packed with an “activation code” which ensure that no more than one user can play each title. In the words of the report, games will have "no function beyond the initial users.”

"Given its experience with 70 million-plus 360 console stats, Microsoft has accumulated enough user data to make the decision to go online-only with its successive hardware one that adds up," says the report.

"Microsoft's hand has been guided by the PC gaming landscape, and viewed through a particular lens it makes sense, even if unbelievers will take some convincing."

"Ultimately, Microsoft has asked itself a simple question: who wants to play games on a next-generation Xbox and yet doesn't have access to the internet? The answer: not enough to make a considerable difference."

According to stats revealed by Microsoft earlier this month, 75.9 million Xbox 360s have been sold since release, and Xbox Live users are now in excess of 40 million. If the next Xbox is to feature these anti-pre-owned measures, then that’s a big chunk of potentially alienated users.

As ever, please treat this rumours as just that. But remember, it’s not the first time we’ve seen anti-used games systems discussed.


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