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The next generation Xbox console will require an always on internet connection and won't support second hand games, sources with first-hand experience of the console have told Edge.

Next-gen Xbox games will continue to ship to retail – now on 50GB Blu-ray discs – but will include a one-time use activation code, essentially wiping out the second hand games market for the platform.

Regarding the system's specifications, Edge's source goes along with information already reported: an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. In addition, Microsoft is expected to ship the console with the largest storage hard drive capacity featured in an Xbox to date.

The source also indicates that Sony's PlayStation 4 will be the most powerful of the next generation platforms, not only in raw terms, but also because Xbox developers are required to utilise approved development libraries and must contend with greater OS overheads.

Kinect will also feature, with a new version of the motion-control hardware said to ship alongside the new Xbox. Sony too will update its PlayStation camera tech to offer similar features, says Edge.

Sony is expected to announce the next generation PlayStation at an event on February 20, whilst an analyst has pointed to an April reveal for the next Xbox. Analysis

The growth of Steam indicates irradiating the second-hand market may not be such a bad move for Microsoft, although gamers will want to see game prices fall in-line with what publisher's charge on Steam's digital store.

Source: Edge

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Whitewolf's Avatar


eradicating the second hand market will most likely kill off stores like GAME who have a nice profit of both trade ins and general sales of second hand and if they close it means less new games and consoles sold=less money for both consoles.

Also not everyone buys games/consoles from the internet and not everyone has internet.
Posted 14:09 on 06 February 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar


I call nonsense on this anoymous source's claims - besides, as has already been discussed previously, were such a development to come about, it would require a concerted joint effort from both MS and Sony, rather than just one alone.
Posted 13:17 on 06 February 2013
dav2612's Avatar


It might be nice if someone took the time to understand why there is a 2nd hand market rather than just trying to eradicate it. A magical increase in sales won't simply happen because there is no 2nd hand market.
Posted 13:15 on 06 February 2013
MJTH's Avatar


Many gamers need an insentive to not buy second hand, becuase whilst some are content in buying a new copy to support the developer, most would rather choose the cheapest option.The reason why steam works is, not only because of the frequent ridiculous sale prices, but also inportantly, becuase game prices are generally across the board cheaper on steam, then on 360 or PS3 at launch. Games that cost 40-45 pound on 360 or PS3 are generally £10 less at launch on steam. Games can be gotten for much cheaper on steam.

I personally, don't buy pre-owned games, but an always on internet connection DRM system is not the way to go for console gaming. There are a lot of people who currently aren't in a position to have always on internet. And many people who do can't say there internet is reliable enough 100% of the time to support this. At least with Sony's rumoured anti second hand system, where disks are bound to your PSN account/ console, and can be play without internet connection.
Posted 12:58 on 06 February 2013
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Posted 12:56 on 06 February 2013
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