Rumor: Next Xbox will disallow used games, to feature Blu-ray
Microsoft are also looking to ship a new version of Kinect along with the system as well.
According to the source, Microsoft is all set to feature an anti-used game system that, as the name would suggest, will disallow users to play used games on their console. This looks highly improbably from the looks of it, as it not only will garner wrath from retailers but from those users as well who are unable to afford full priced games.
The source also claims that Microsoft will finally cut to the chase and feature Blu-ray disc technology. Contrary to popular belief, Blu-ray is not entirely owned by Sony, and could easily be granted to Microsoft. The disc technology will not only allow developers to pack in more data on the supported 25GB/50GB discs, but also make inroads for the new Xbox to be the de-facto choice for a home entertainment system. This does seem like something Microsoft would explore, considering its recent push towards that market.
Another of Kotaku’s source says that a new version of Kinect 2 is the works as well, and will feature an on-board processor for extra power and better accuracy. Microsoft apparently plans to ship the upgraded motion-sensor with the new Xbox.
A smaller-sized controller is rumored as well.
Following the publication of the story, a Microsoft rep responded to Kotaku with the following:
“As an innovator we’re always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. Beyond that we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”