Next Xbox rumored to be always online
It’s Rumor Time again, folks. Today our rumor comes courtesy of Edge and regards the next Xbox, the Xbox 720, the Durango, or whatever else Microsoft’s next console has been referred to as. I, personally, have decided to refer to it as the “Xbox 3” (no one uses that name, to my knowledge, so I figured I’d use it).
Citing “sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console”, Edge says word on the street is that the Xbox 3 will require a constant internet connection to function, which will prevent secondhand games from being playable on it. The always-online aspect may also be to support a new Xbox LIVE that is said to be “an integral part” of the new console.
According to Edge, the next Xbox will be “absolutely committed to online functionality”, despite the fact that games will still come on physical discs. Many of these games will likely revolve around motion controls, as a new and improved version of Kinect will supposedly launch with the system.
And before we stray too far from the subject of physical discs, the report states that Xbox 3 games will be made on Blu-ray discs with a capacity of 50GB, noting Microsoft’s intent to not repeat its blunder of putting Xbox 360 of eschewing the Blu-ray format. Furthermore, each disc, it is believed, will sport some sort of activation code that will prevent the game from being played on more than one console (it sounds similar in concept to that disc-tag patent Sony filed back in December).
The report goes on to say that the Durango specifications that were leaked last month are legit. If this is true, then it means that the next Xbox will, in fact, feature an AMD eight-core 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console’s hard drive capacity remains uncertain, but it is likely to be the largest ever put in a console, given Microsoft’s increased commitment to online functionality.
On the inside, the Xbox 3 is said to resemble the architecture of a PC, much like the next-gen successor to the PlayStation 3. Despite similarities between the two, Edge reports that several developers have found the PlayStation 4 to be the preferable console to work on, as it boasts an operating system that is less “oppressive” than the one on the Xbox 3.
Sony is believed to be officially unveiling the PlayStation 4 two weeks from now on February 20. Should that be the case, Microsoft will no doubt unveil the new Xbox soon after in order to keep Sony from getting too great a lead in the next-gen race. In the meanwhile, feel free to speculate on the validity of the report and the information above in the comment box below.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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