Rumor has it that Microsoft will require a constant connection in order to use their next generation gaming console. Internet connections are almost ubiquitous now-a-days, as we live in an age where you can browse your favorite websites and play online multiplayer games at broadband speed through your phone. If these rumors are accurate then Microsoft will be taking an aggressive stance against not only piracy, but second hand games sales with the constant connection requirement in the Xbox Durango.
Edge Online brings us these latest tidbits about Redmond’s yet unannounced console. Some of this stuff we’ already knew or assumed – like the existence of a Blu-Ray drive in the console or the fact that the system will be a multi-core processor clocked at 1.6GHZ, designed by AMD. Also as speculated, the console will ship with a second generation Kinect Sensor. With rival Sony poised to fire the first shot in the next-generation race, tech specs and reports seem to be leaking from both companies at a brisk pace.
It’s important to note that both Sony and Microsoft actively denied they were looking into these strategies. Heck, destructoid reported almost a year ago – in April 2012, with almost the exact same rumor. As someone who works in the gaming press, I sometimes pick up games used, and if I suddenly lose the ability Microsoft may lose themselves a console sale.
If Microsoft announces that they will have always-on DRM for their games will you still check out the Xbox Durango? Sony could get a leg-up on the competition by allowing used games but continuing to use online passes, or they may join in on the DRM-Fest that could ensue. Let us know your take in the comments below.