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Next Xbox Won’t Play Used Games, Will Require Internet Connection [Report]

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A recent report suggests that the next Xbox console won’t play used games. Folks who flock to the new machine will also need an “always on” internet connection.

Although rumors have been swirling that the next generation of consoles wouldn’t support previously-owned games, the new report claims the new Xbox will make this a reality.

According to Kotaku, each game will ship with a unique activation code. Once this has been inputted, the game becomes associated with your machine. If you lend the title to your friend to try, then he or she may not be able to play it.

This news could also spell certain doom for the likes of GameStop, a company that makes a considerable amount of money on used software. The retailer is struggling as it is; between 500 and 600 locations will close over the course of 2013.

The inability to play used games isn’t the only deal breaker that could be on the table. Edge reports that the new Xbox will require gamers to have a dedicated internet connection. Prospective buyers without “always on” net access may need to rethink their purchase.

As for what’s under the hood, the website explained:

“Our source has also confirmed that the next Xbox’s recently rumoured specs are entirely accurate. That means an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. As of now, the console’s hard drive capacity is said to be undecided, but Microsoft’s extended commitment to online delivery suggests that it will be the largest unit it has put inside a console to date.”

Information about Sony and Microsoft’s next generation of consoles is slowly starting to leak online. Sony is all set to unveil the PS4 at a New York City press event on February 20.

Are you looking forward to the next Xbox? Will you buy the machine if it doesn’t support used games?

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11 Responses to “Next Xbox Won’t Play Used Games, Will Require Internet Connection [Report]”

  1. Patrick Frye

    Essentially, they're copying the activation protocols used on the Steam digital distribution platform. The disc simply gives you a manual and allows you to "download" the game data to your system instead of downloading it relatively slowly over the internet. I only don't have a problem with this is if the activated games are tied to a Xbox Live account that can be used anywhere. Or if the game disc becomes scratched the game data can be redownloaded at no extra charge.

  2. Michael Sundberg

    If they don't allow used games, No I wont be buying it, despite my want to play it. I sell games to be able to buy new games, and I they did that, I wouldn't be able to get enough games to satisfy the point of owning the console.

  3. Pako Rivera Cantú

    Now If it gets sufficiently good games I might buy it.
    Looking at the possitive side, stores like Gamestop are, indeed, parasites to the videogame company's. It's destruction would be beneficial for all but us, the users.

    The negative side is quite obvious. We wouldn't be able to buy used games. For myself, most games I buy are used since I sometimes can't afford to pay the whole 60 bucks for it.

    Also, the console to be basically a computer DOES NOT help. That only means more expensive videogames.

    The videogame industry is drowning by it's own greed.

  4. J.P. Sims

    If they do not allow used games to be played without having to purchase a new activation code, then no I will not buy the new XBOX. What if I spend $60 on a game and I end up hating it? I'm just supposed to suck it up and take it? No way. Money is too hard earned nowadays to just spend it on something I have no ability to trade in if it sucks.

  5. Dave Morgan

    It supposedly a $4.00 activation code for a used game, I'm guessing used games will be a little cheaper. It'll be way more interesting for a company like gamefly and how they'll respond.

    If Sony is smart, they'd prohibit this and go after that market.

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