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Xbox 720 codes over Live to block used games

Sony’s upcoming PS4 console is looking likely to be unveiled at a Sony press conference on February 20. So far we have seen no such events planned for the next Xbox console from Microsoft, but it is also highly expected to be releasing before the end of the year. A massive report has been published on the supposed Xbox ‘720’ this week, although fans may not particularly enjoy the permutations of it, especially since it is now being considered as fact, that the next Xbox will not play used games as a core feature.

We have heard rumors in the past about both next-gen consoles not featuring support for used games, and now it seems that Microsoft are definitely putting this motion into action with the next Xbox. A new article published by Edge cites sources who have already seen the new console and they claim that the system will have an always-on online requirement, with discs having to be activated via Xbox Live before they start functioning.

It potentially means that even if you buy a single player game on the next-gen Xbox, you’ll still need an internet connection to play the game – a move that is unlikely to go down well with those interested in purchasing the new Xbox. With second-hand games completely out of the equation, Microsoft are reportedly planning to place a bigger emphasis on digital games via Xbox Live, although all physical discs are thought to be supplied via 50GB Blu-Ray format.

We always thought it was going to be a bold move if Sony and Microsoft actually follow through with the idea to block used-games, but in Microsoft’s situation – can you blame them? A good majority of Xbox 360 users are running chipped systems and games downloaded from torrent sites. It’s an unbelievably easy process to start pirating on the Xbox 360 and it will be no surprise to us if Microsoft take strict action to eradicate the problem for good.

Xbox 720 discs may now come with an activation code inside the box that can only be enabled via Xbox Live. What are your thoughts on this, if it becomes a reality towards the end of the year?

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