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Xbox 720 rumored to be always online, possibly blocking use of secondhand games

More rumors have been spun on Microsoft's Xbox 720 with possible inclusions like required internet, 50gb Blu Ray game discs, restrictions against secondhand games, and a new Kinect motion sensor.

According to recent reports, sources have revealed that Microsoft's new next-gen Xbox console will require an internet connection in order to function, which aims to rule out the possibility of playing secondhand and used games. A new form of Xbox LIVE will be fundamental to the Xbox 720, and new Kinect motion sensor hardware will ship alongside the console.

These sources claim to have "first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console".  Whether or not they’re credible and their information valid remains to be seen, hence, we must still treat this info as speculation and rumor and take them with a grain of salt.

Along with the new features, sources also say that the Xbox 720's revealed specs are indeed factual, pinning the 720 with an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

Additionally, these sources claim that Sony's next-gen console is much more preferable to work with and that Microsoft's console is more oppressive in nature. Sources also say that the next-gen consoles are much more like computers than the current generation of gaming consoles, allowing developers have more freedom with their concoctions.

When it comes to game discs, sources claim that the Xbox 720 will utilize Blu-ray discs with 50GB capacities. The upgrade to Blu-Ray has obvious advantages including more storage space as well as the alleviation of games released with an extra disc of renders to be installed onto the console.

The sources haven't said anything about Blu-Ray movie playback support, which is believed to be restricted on the Xbox 720.

These rumors are a bit unnerving and will most likely send a ripple of dissent throughout the gaming world, as the market of secondhand games is thriving and allows gamers to purchase titles at a reduced cost. The Blu-Ray disc capacity is an advantage, but without Blu-Ray movie playback (something that the PlayStation 3 already has) Microsoft's console looks less appealing, especially when coupled with the restriction of used game and online-only functionality.

In any case, gamers will most likely be able to put these rumors to the test at this year's E3 event, where Microsoft is believed to unveil its new console.

Via Edge Online

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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