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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

Next Xbox will use persistent ’Net connection to block used games [View all]

"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."


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

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