New Xbox will block second-hand games
One of the godsends of video games is the chance to buy second-hand games when you need something new to play, but payday is too far away.
Well, if you're looking at the new Xbox, you may have to think twice as reports suggest that pre-owned games will become a thing of the past with the Microsoft console.
It is said that the next-gen Xbox will require gamers to be permanently connected to the internet, which means that you'll have to activate games in the same way as most other software from Microsoft. In short, any game bought would be tied to the console it was activated on and to the Xbox Live account that activated it.
What's weird about that, apart from flagrant greediness, is that you wouldn't even be able to lend games to friends. Second hand games have always been good business for beleaguered video game shops, so if everyone has to buy new games, that'll be even better for them, right? Well, it is also rumoured that this 'always online' aspect of the next Xbox will see Microsoft selling directly to players through downloads, which could cripple gaming shops.
The spec for the new Xbox will reportedly include a Blu-ray drive, AMD eight-core x64 processor running at 1.6GHz, D3D11 x800MHz graphics, 8GB DDR3 RAM and improved Kinect motion control (which no-one has houses big enough for).
It seems unlikely that Microsoft would want to put gamers off, especially given that the PS4 is going to be released around the same time. Are they really that mental?