According to a new report today from Edge, the next generation Xbox will require players to always be connected to the internet to work. Apparently this is being done to remove the ability to play used games on the system. There will also be a new “iteration” of Xbox Live, but the console will not be totally digital as you will still be able to buy retail games.
The report also confirmed some of the rumored specs for the system as being true “AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM”. In addition, the next generation Xbox will apparently use 50GB capacity Blu-ray discs, but the discs will ship with activation codes causing only the initial user to be able play the games.
Finally, the report went on to say that the next gen Sony console will be easier to develop for even though it has about the same power as the next generation Microsoft console.
These rumors almost seem hard to believe, because this would essentially kill the console right out of the gate. No one is going to buy a console that is this constrictive. Hopefully these rumors aren’t true, or Sony will have already won the next generation console race.