Next Xbox requires internet connection, blocks used games - rumour

Games designed for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 successor “will require an internet connection in order to function”, according to a report in the new issue of Edge magazine.

Sources said to have first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console told the magazine that all disc-based games will include online activation codes, making “a new iteration of Xbox Live” designed for the system an “integral rather than optional feature”.

These codes will have no value beyond their initial use, effectively eliminating the used games market. Software will be available digitally or in physical form on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, the report claims.

Edge was also told by an independent source that recently leaked specifications for Microsoft’s upcoming console are entirely accurate, and that a new, more reliably responsive Kinect will ship alongside the system.

An abridged version of Edge’s original magazine article has been published online. For all the latest leaks and speculation, check out our Xbox One News and Rumors


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  • Romkslrqusz - February 7, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    Honestly, I feel like this move would just push people to hack their xboxes to play pirated games. If the inability to let my friends borrow games isn't enough, the nightmare of being unable to play my games just because the internet is down will certainly lead me to aggressively pursue the means to break free of that system. In the past, DRM has always been quick to be circumvented by pirates while massively inconveniencing paying customers. Ultimately, I can only see this plan (should microsoft choose to implement it) backfiring before being cancelled a year later due to high piracy rates.
  • tehtimeisnow - February 7, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    good i hope the blokc used ganes seruosely game makers is loseing so much money to the stuped cheep people that by used games we need 2 get rid of tehm used ganes is as bad as pirateing!
  • FierceVoltage - February 7, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    The used game market is massive, this is a bad move.
  • greg-hakes - February 11, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Used games make Gamestop rich, they rip people off, and they do nothing to help the gameing world. I like the Move, i think it's time to go completely Digital with Games and Movies. Steam has been very sucessful doing this for years, it's time the rest of the World catches on.
  • 7-D - February 7, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    This is pants. But all you mugs who trade in your games for peanuts so Gamestop can sell them on at 600% profit haven't helped. Why are you throwing your money down the drain? I can find most of the pre-owned selection in mint condition on Amazon for the same price or a couple of dollars more anyway.
  • christopherwesten - February 7, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    Hey Microsoft! Did it ever occur to you guys that at least a third of the gaming community doesnt have an internet connection. There were times when fixing my ride to work is more important than paying Comcast. So if you guys actually implement this you will be giving the finger to Americans that dont have the luxury of Gold Watches and Caviar, so way to be like Obama. So Change of Plan, or shove it... you choose.
  • avantguardian - February 7, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    c'mon man, gamesradar isn't the place for your bullshit politics. it undermines any point you're trying to make.
  • Demonshout - February 7, 2013 3:41 a.m.

    Wow what an extreme thing to do, kinda sucks because me and a friend swap games all the time. If they think they have a pirating now they're gonna love it if this feature possibly makes it worse.
  • Vordhosbn - February 7, 2013 2:10 a.m.

    Consoles break, and mugs like us buy new ones. That won't happen if this used games rumour is true, imagine buying a new Xbox after the first one has it's obligatory RROD-style death only to find you have to buy all the games again, it would be nonsense.
  • christopher-renfrow - February 7, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    I imagine the games would be locked to your Microsoft account, then you simply log in on your new Xbox and pop in the disk and it recognizes that you own that game and allows access. That aside I don't really appreciate this move of Microsoft's if it's true but then again I've always been a Sony boy. :P
  • joe1991 - February 6, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    I've bought used games and then went on to buy DLC and online play activation codes, that is fair. I have two xbox's in my home, if I can't play a game on more than one machine, I won't be buying a new system, much less two. Anyway, this is still rumor, I'm pretty sure microsoft understands this would kill the xbox.
  • kyhubes - February 6, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    Rumors like this are why people go out and get Modchips for their consoles that circumvent copy protection... If this turns out to be true, I will openly support piracy, death of the industry or not, because if microsoft/sony/nintendo/whoever won't be fair to us, why should we be play fair with them?
  • avantguardian - February 6, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    while i agree that the console creators should be criticized for shoddy practices such as these, your justification for piracy is lacking circumspect. this is a common pro-piracy argument, but what always seems to be passed over is the fact that piracy, while detrimental to the big guys, REALLY kills the little guys. developers, indies, etc. it's short-sighted, and really only serves to remove guilt. c'mon, man. (for what it's worth, i used to pirate games and hack my systems, but i "saw the light" so to speak.)
  • Talvari - February 6, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    If this gets confirmed it'll make me not even remotely interested in this console. Online only games for single player are almost never a good thing, making an entire games library online only is just cancer for gaming.
  • ColtPersonality - February 6, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    excuse me while I sit here and laugh at all the people getting butthurt over a RUMOR.
  • talleyXIV - February 6, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Microsoft has a chance to win the next generation...... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it's gone. No used games? Duh-uhm, what the fuck is wrong with you? WHAT DID USED GAMES EVER DO TO ANYONE? NOW WE CAN NEVER SELL OUR GAMES BACK FOR ANYTHING AND ONLY BUY THEM FOR $60. Does anyone else think there can absolutely be no truth to this?
  • kellerrr - February 6, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    Actually, used games are part of the reason why companies like THQ (Saints Row), Hudson Soft (Bomberman), and 18 other gaming companies just this year shut down. Big box companies like Activision will have no problem because they have things like Call of Duty and Skylanders, but just below their level are companies that are struggling to stay alive. Think about it, when you buy a used game, does that company make any money off of it? No. I pay people for the work that they do. I respect gaming too much.
  • Imgema - February 6, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    I don't remember the gaming industry having such problems the last 3 decades. Also, while we are at it why not stop the second hand market in general? Cars, electronics, movies, everything.
  • StonerMk2 - February 7, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    Funny order for the game to be sold used it had to be bought in the first place. The companies were already paid their 60 dollars for the product. They can fuck off with double dipping.
  • skirmisher-phoenix - February 7, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    Absolutelly right, Mr. The lack of post release date sales are not the customer's fault . The product price has already been paid and its not like the sale of an used game takes away the earnings achieved by the same game when it was first sold.

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