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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

Next Xbox will use persistent ’Net connection to block used games

"A new report from insider sources suggests that Microsoft's next video game console will require a persistent Internet connection to lock out second-hand games from being played on the system.

Edge is citing "sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next generation console" saying that games for the system will be available via download or as Blu-ray discs with a capacity of up to 50GB. The disc-based games will reportedly all ship with an activation code tying the game to a single user account, making the disc essentially worthless on the second-hand market.

Reports that Microsoft would use some method to stifle the secondhand game market on its next console first surfaced over a year ago, though this report is one of the strongest indications that such a system would require an Internet connection. Tying the system to the Internet would limit the next Xbox's potential reach, but maybe not as much as you might think—a 2010 study found that only 27 percent of Xbox 360s weren't connected to the Internet, and that number has likely declined in the years since."


http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/report-next-xbox-will-use-persistent-net-connection-to-block-used-games/

If this is true, there is zero chance of me ever getting one of the new Xbox's.

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Reply Next Xbox will use persistent ’Net connection to block used games (Original post)
Ohio Joe Feb 2013 OP
Broken_Hero Feb 2013 #1
uriel1972 Feb 2013 #2
SilveryMoon Feb 2013 #11
Apophis Feb 2013 #3
pauldemmd195j Feb 2013 #4
LostinRed Feb 2013 #5
ZM90 Feb 2013 #6
suffering_succotash Feb 2013 #7
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #8
MADem Feb 2013 #9
Go Vols Feb 2013 #13
justiceischeap Feb 2013 #10
Whisp Feb 2013 #12
MADem Feb 2013 #14
ZombieHorde Feb 2013 #15

Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:56 PM

1. I'm with you, if either Ps4 or the new Xbox

do this, I'm going to abandon the next gen.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:59 PM

2. Well that kinda sucks

I'll stick to PC gaming... oh wait they do it too. Kinda sucks all round.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:51 AM

11. At least Steam, has the option of off-line mode and has really good sales

I'm skeptical if Microsoft will do the same.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:55 PM

3. Looks like I may not get the next gen Xbox.

 

Many of my games are secondhand. I wanted to play Oblivion so bad I bought a used copy of it for $10. If I can't do that anymore, fuck Microsoft.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:31 PM

5. Heard about this awhile back

I think it's stupid. I'm always trading games and selling and Buying used games on eBay. Although I prefer my ps3 to Xbox. But with this policy I probably won't get the next xbox

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:43 AM

6. If this is true I am sticking to my Wii U only for gen 8.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:17 AM

7. That pricetag is really gonna bite

Unfortunately, I'm a huge fan of the Halo franchise, and it looks like they will sucking me into buying this console too. But I don't think I'll be buying any more than one or two games if each game is gonna permanently remain more than sixty dollars. Maybe if they implemented a system like Steam. Still, this will be a huge disappointing. I only play most games buy renting or borrowing from the library.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:14 PM

8. Mother fuckers gonna piss off a LOT of mothers and Game Stop

I KNOW from a friend who works for them more than half their revenues come from used games. Microsoft just can't stop dipping their fingers in everybody's pockets since Win 8 sucks so bad. And EVERYTHING I read about the new Xbox is it's shit, not even close to a borderline PC with a good graphics card.


Assholes, simply assholes.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:36 AM

9. Someone will either figure out a work-around, or those bastards will sell one for a hefty price.

They ought to be ashamed of themselves--all they're doing is asking--nay, pleading with-- people to re-engineer the games, find a work-around, and do it illegally.

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Response to MADem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:20 PM

13. yep

there will be a work around/crack.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:24 PM

10. Wouldn't this put online game rental sites (there's one like Netflix) out of business?

I can't imagine that Microsoft could get away with this without it hurting their sales.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:07 PM

12. I regret gettng the xBox and will nver again.

 

I was going to reapply to Netflix as a friend's subscription that we were using up was over. Apparently only on xBox is there an additional fee besides the Netflix fee of about $8 a month - xBox Gold membership is also required to read Netflix for some gawdawful reason that Netflix has nothing to do with. the Playstation and other consoles do not require additional fees in this case. It's just fucking Microsoft.

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Response to Whisp (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:24 PM

14. The Wii does not ask for additional Netflix money, FWIW...! nt

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:31 PM

15. I like to lend games to my buddies so they can try them out.

I guess I would not be able to do that with a new Xbox. So lame.

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