Developer favors Xbox 720 used game block, tech available

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In recent months there have been a number of rumors surrounding the next games console from Microsoft. Recently there was talk it may be called the Xbox 8 and what processors would be powering the device. One rumor that didn’t go down to well with gamers recently was the talk that Microsoft could stop the use of pre-owned games. Now there is news that a developer favors an Xbox 720 release that blocks used games, and the tech for such a feature is already available.

The thought of any such feature understandably doesn’t go down well with gamers and retailers alike. But according to Saints Row The Third design director, Jameson Durall, the idea would be a “fantastic change” for the games industry. As VGW are reporting Durall went into detail in how Microsoft could work this feature.

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Durall mentions that the technology is already available in the PC gaming world, and each game disc would need to use a unique key buried in the code so an account could link to it. This would be similar to PC games that feature unique activation keys, or the Origin service from EA that can link a title to an account but also hardware identities.

Surprisingly this technology already exists in the console gaming world via the PS3 and DC Universe Online. This was linked to a users console via a onetime use code, and something similar was used long ago on the Sega Dreamcast via Phantasy Star Online title.

Another way Microsoft could implement such an idea is to offer an internal rental system built-in to the console. Users could pay a small charge and get a special code that could activate the game for a number of days. This could provide the developer a percentage of each rental in a similar manner to how the OnLive system works.

With regards to friends lending each other their games Microsoft could use something along the lines of the Amazon Kindle books lending policy. Durall said that a game could be switched over to another Gamertag, and during this period the “original owner won’t be able to play during that time”.

This would still hurt some retailers though who rely on the extra revenues that used games brings. Retailer GameStop has already begun closing some of its stores, and UK rival GAME has already confirmed it still makes good money from the sector.

Do you think it would be commercial suicide for Microsoft to build-in such a feature in the next Xbox?

  • rsliwec1rfs

    screw gamestop!!!,they screw you over went you trade in a game anyway. but if microsoft does do this a lot of gamers will not buy a new xbox..that means me too.!!!

  • Mbriers

    I think it would be beneficial to the game companies and developers… But to the industry and gamers it would be disaster. I love that I can buy a game, play it, and give it to someone else who may not have the money to buy the game. The avid gamers stand to lose a lot. Just another example of what is wrong with the entertainment industry. No one cares about the people that make the industry thrive.

  • Blett70

    What!!! Are you crazy millons of people will still buy an xbox and will still play the games to that just means saving for their high priced games a little longer. Get real when the new system comes out I definetley won’t be the first one to get one but I won’t be to fare behind. For a hardcore gammer nothing stands in the way of the latest and greatest in any tech market

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aram-Tapacian/100000189216768 Aram Tapacian

    i’m wonder if it gonna read xbox 360 games as well !