Well, this is quite a whale of a rumor. It seems that Kotaku recently heard some supposed details of the next generation XBox (we refuse to call it the 720) from an inside source. While these things tend to happen quite a bit and only have a small chance of actually being true, this rumor goes beyond traditional hardware specs.
On top of a rumored Blu-ray disc drive in the next XBox, DVR capabilities and the launch of Kinect 2, Microsoft is supposedly including some sort of anti-used game component into its next system. Yes, you read that correctly. According to this source, there will be some kind of system in place to keep the next XBox from playing used games.
If this is true, it would make a pretty big splash on nearly every side of the gaming industry. For consumers, this certainly would change the way people purchase games. For publishers, it would certainly affect sales – some theorize sales would go up because used games are rendered obsolete, but others predict they would go down because people would buy less games in general if they’re all at full price. It would also affect retail – how do you think GameStop would react to such an obvious shot leveled at their primary mode of business?
As with all rumors, again we take this with a grain of salt. That being said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see something like this become a partial reality in an industry that is sometimes terribly anti-consumer in its pricing, release schedule and anti-piracy measures. While I typically try to buy games new, this would affect my ability to play all the games I want – I would no longer be able to trade games in, or even rent them if something like this were in place. What does this do to LAN parties? Borrowing a game from a friend? Honestly, it would make me go 100 percent PC gaming, because that’s the way it’s already set up with Steam and other services.
So what do you guys think of this? I know it doesn’t affect you PC gamers, but it certainly would be a landmark moment in the console business. Your thoughts, por favor?
Source – Kotaku