There has been talk recently that the next Xbox may contain a Blu-ray player, and more surprisingly may have a system that prevents the playing of used games. Now it is being wondered if recently announced GameStop store closures may be ahead of the new Xbox 720 feature.
The next Xbox console could be about two years away from being released, but the next model has already seen a number of rumors concerning what features it will have. We have already heard it will be around six times as powerful as the current model, which considering how much processor technology as evolved in the last couple of years is hardly surprising.
What would become a bigger issue if it was true would be the playing of used games by users. Speculation emerged yesterday that suggested the new Xbox would have a system that prevented users from playing used games. This article here is wondering if this has something to do with the recent announcement of the GameStop store closures in Northern Ireland.
There are even rumors that the company plans to close all of its stores in Europe. But hang on for one moment; wouldn’t it be commercial suicide if Microsoft were to implement such a system on a future Xbox system? If true it would surely mean there would be no backwards compatibility with the current system, unless it could work out the difference from a game the user already owns to one that has been purchased second hand.
It may mean some kind of new pass system coming with games but what about the millions already in existence? You also have to remember the high amount of users of the current system that like to rent or borrow a game before deciding to buy the title. This would not only mean this can no longer happen but would surely result in lost sales as well.
It’s our opinion that the idea is a no brainer and would certainly damage Microsoft’s sales along with its reputation with the gaming community, which presently is not doing to bad if sales of the Xbox 360 are anything to go by.
The idea of having a Blu-ray player would be a welcome move though, which firstly provides more storage capacity on the discs themselves, but also a lot of gamers are not ready to go 100% digital for gaming yet. What do you think? Do you think Microsoft would ever prevent users playing used or rented games?