As we wait for Microsoft to finally announce their next-generation Xbox console and rival system to the Sony PS4, some new details have emerged this week on some of the core features that gamers can expect to find within the fresh hardware. It has been a long lasting rumor that the new Xbox will block the playback of used games on the system, and now these fresh details that we have for you appear to be the final nail in the coffin towards this eventuality.
The next Xbox is thought to on schedule for an announcement at a separate event prior to E3 2013 sometime in April. Durango has been the codename used for the system internally prior to release and now we have a very interesting document for you to read which again references the Durango name, but more importantly – a collection of key features that the Xbox ‘720’ will possess.
The document provided by VGLeaks suggests that the next system will indeed block the use of second-hand games, with a combination of measures by Microsoft. The first is an always-on internet connection, which Microsoft states in the document will ensure that ‘console software and games are always current’ and be ‘ready instantly when users want to play’.
The other measure in place as stated on the document, is that the next Xbox will make all game installations to the hard drive mandatory, and then prevent games from being played directly from the optical disc. While this is going to throw caution to the wind for a lot of potential owners, there is one nice new feature that could be coming that we haven’t heard about yet – the ability to play games straight away during an installation, with no need to wait until an install is completed.
Having this always online measure also means that system updates should start automatically in the background and should no longer hinder gameplay in any way. Finally, the same document also apparently confirms that each system will ship with a new ‘high fidelity Kinect sensor’, which would echo a similar move as the PS4 with Sony supplying a new camera with each system sold.
The big talking point though is obviously the always-online requirement. How do you feel about this reality on the next Xbox experience? Are you still willing to buy the system if this measure is put in place, or are you now swaying towards picking up a PS4 console instead?