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As expected, Microsoft Corp. will not rely on digital downloads only for its next-generation Xbox game console and will distribute titles for the system on Blu-ray discs with up to 50GB capacity. Thanks to the new game activation system, purchased games will be available for download at any time. Unfortunately, this potentially eliminates ability to share game discs with friends or buy pre-owned titles.

The next-gen Xbox from Microsoft will require active Internet connection to function as the console will heavily rely on Xbox Live and similar services. While the games will be distributed on Blu-ray discs, they will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user. A good news is that with every purchase of a physical media Microsoft will activate a copy on its servers that can be downloaded at any time should the disc be damaged or destroyed. A bad news is that second-hand games will simply not work on Xbox Next as they will require a new code, reports Edge Online web-site.

Used games is something that both platform holders and game developers have been trying to eliminate for many years now. It appears, that with the new-generation Microsoft Xbox “Durango” and Sony PlayStation 4 “Orbis” the market of pre-owned games will finally cease to exist. To make the matters even worse, it will be unable to borrow games from friends or relatives anymore.

Considering the fact that many modern games cost $50 and more for various special editions, an inability to give such a title to play to a friend or relative will likely decrease appeal to purchase it for the full price.

Microsoft Xbox Next is presumably based on microprocessor and graphics processing technologies developed by Advanced Micro Devices. The console is projected to feature system-on-chip with eight general-purpose Jaguar x86 cores as well as custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit with GCN architecture and 768 stream processors. The Xbox Next system is expected to be released later this year and cost between $350 and $400.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Loop, Durango, Blu-ray


Comments currently: 13
Discussion started: 02/06/13 04:05:05 PM
Latest comment: 02/07/13 04:35:26 PM
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This is the final nail in video store's
5 1 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/06/13 04:05:06 PM]

Xbox Next to distribute games on 50GB HD-DVD discs.
3 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/06/13 06:11:27 PM]
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Is that what your Microsoft sources told you?
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/06/13 11:29:20 PM]

Oh dear how i just despise the horror of single use activation codes like that...
Zero 2nd hand market? Are they so stupid at MS that they think that will bring them more sales?
Not being able to take a game along to a friend is going to be a killer for purchases. Because the only way to make it work, will be to take the whole box with you, so the friends wont have any reason to buy their own, and if they dont have the box they have zero reason to buy ANY games.

4 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 02/06/13 07:30:05 PM]
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I think you are right, a certain word that starts with 'P' and ends with 'y' will be on the rise once again.
4 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 02/06/13 08:28:14 PM]

if this is the case stores like gamestop are screwed unless gamestop buys new activating codes for the used games. That or gamestop will just have to settle on selling used wii u games and in either case that doesn't look good for them. lol
4 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/06/13 10:21:42 PM]

Steam has been draged infront of a court here in the EU. Because a EU law states that it is unlawfull to prevent the selling of software liscences.

That is one lawsuit im hoping works out...
6 1 [Posted by: exodeus  | Date: 02/06/13 10:59:29 PM]
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I only wish of a world where everyone could do with its stuff whatever he wishes: a user to resell his purchased software, and a software house to produce software that an end user can't resell.
1 0 [Posted by: Marburg U  | Date: 02/07/13 05:44:12 AM]
A user uses software, there is no ownership. Since selling software implies we are selling use through selling a licence, but none of us do that, the sale is improper.
0 1 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 02/07/13 10:06:47 AM]

In the US, you previously had the right to resell software under the First Sale Doctrine, but it was stuck down by an appellate court under the urging of software companies. The US Supreme Court is looking at it now.
2 0 [Posted by: ruel24  | Date: 02/07/13 02:42:49 PM]
Are you saying the used activation codes themselves can still be sold? Read the original source, Edge Online, the second paragraph says physical media will still be made.

The Edge article is so brief that there isn't an indication of the option to download a replacement game if the disc was lost or damaged, as implied by Xbitlabs; that was assumed.
0 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 02/07/13 04:35:26 PM]

Don't worry guys, give it a month and a firmware crack will hit the web. That and the pre-cracked games from Reloaded, Marvel, Dagger, Complex, iMars, or any other Scene groups.
3 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/07/13 03:36:11 AM]

Is this even legal? Didn't the courts deem that selling used copies of software was legit and legal? How can they, then, prevent it like this? Personally, I have an Xbox 360, but I won't bother. Kinect is cool, but I can get an iPad and get the games on the big screen and play it from there, and the games are just a couple of bucks each. I don't play COD or anything like that, and prefer simpler, more addictive games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja over those shooters. Microsoft can kiss my behind! Another bad move by them, IMO. Let's see, Surface RT and Windows 8 not selling, Surface Pro expected to bust, and Xbox Next might likely be the nail in Microsoft's coffin. I bet Ballmer gets fired if it fails.
0 0 [Posted by: ruel24  | Date: 02/07/13 02:33:15 PM]


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