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February 13, 2013

Will new Xbox 720 block second-hand games?

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With Sony’s New York event just one week away – at which punters are set to “see the future” of PlayStation – news of the next-gen Xbox has appeared on the horizon. A report published on the website of gaming magazine Edge cites sources with “first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console” and not all of the news is good.

The sources have “allegedly” said that the new Xbox console will require an internet connection in order to function at all and that all games on disc for the console will ship with activation codes “and will have no use beyond the initial user”. This effectively means that second-hand games won’t work on the next Xbox console.

Along with this bad news, apparently games for the new Xbox console will be manufactured on 50 Gb-capacity Blu-ray discs, meaning that Microsoft has probably finally waved the white flag and come around to using a similar internal delivery system to Sony’s console. The source apparently also said that the specs that have been leaked so far for the next-gen Xbox are completely accurate.

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Microsoft is widely expected to show off its new Xbox console at this year’s E3 video games expo in Los Angeles, but with the PS4 rumored to be unveiled in a couple of weeks, this may change.

Will you be buying the 720 if this is true? I’ve been both and a PlayStation and Xbox owner over the years but always lean towards the latter,  it I am gutted at this news and hope the Xbox team at Microsoft change their minds.

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Source – Edge

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.