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Sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console have told us that although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form. Next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, Microsoft having conceded defeat to Sony following its ill-fated backing of the HD-DVD format. It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user.
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.
Though the architectures of the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation both resemble that of PCs, several development sources have told us that Sony’s solution is preferable when it comes to leveraging power. Studios working with the next-gen Xbox are currently being forced to work with only approved development libraries, while Sony is encouraging coders to get closer to the metal of its box. Furthermore, the operating system overhead of Microsoft’s next console is more oppressive than Sony’s equivalent, giving the PlayStation-badged unit another advantage. --edge-online.com
How do you guys feel about this? Will being online all the time affect the way you play? How do you feel about no more used games?
Yes, I think that always being online will effect the way that I play. Most noticeably by being a major pain in the ass when I'm doing on own thing. I hope that they mean the "always online" as being built-in Wi-FI or some other system that while the XBox itself is "online", you as the user always have the ability to disable that feature if wanted/needed.
As far as the "no more used games"? Well, I think that is really a great way of undercutting Gamestop/Gamefly and making users solely dependent on Xbox itself and Xbox live for everything. Of course, that could just be simply a "rumor" to put fear into people. I don't see how making EVERY game on disc require a code will help anyone. I mean, if that's the way they want to do it then forget getting used games, it means that you can't even let your friends borrow the game or take your copy over to a friend's house to play Madden/Halo without you both having a copy and being online.
It doesn't even seem to make much business sense, surely the amount of sales for new releases will be diminished considerably if no one can soften the blow of a £40/$60 game?
Is that going to be the price? You certain there won't be some reduction?
I actually wouldn't' be surprised if they were stupid enough to try and RAISE the price of new games.
Well, it is some next level shit we're talking about.
Kidding! I'm sure Microsoft has got price points in mind but I wonder how much retailers are going to play into the final price, seeing as how it appears revenue from resells will be lost.
No doubt in my mind that game prices will go up to compensate for that loss. If not, everything else will.
I assumed that due to some of the ideas being bandied about that this next level shit would be going steam style and new releases would be downloaded, thus cheaper. If you cannot play the game on more than one machine why would you need a physical copy?
How else are your shelves gonna look cool? I printed a screenshot of my Steam library, glued it to my shelve and it just doesn't look right.
I think I know where you went wrong. Did you print portrait instead of landscape?
Portrait of course. I couldn't chose landscape due to it's small width.
That would imply that they don't charge full price for digital copies of games already. Seriously man, take a look at the Xbox, PS3, and Wii U stores. Sometimes they cost more than they do if you buy them at like Walmart or Amazon. It's redonkulous.
Especially when you consider that it costs them almost nothing to distribute it. No discs, no packaging, no stores to deal with.
@Joong ~ I dont have shelves, seriously. My apt is a shit tip, a cool looking shit tip with DVDs, books and game boy games scattered around as if I use them... I'm a dope cat yeah!
@Monkey Magic ~ Walmart often sells products at a loss just to get folk shopping but I was under the impression that steam was a bargain paradise! I think simple sales numbers will go a long way to shaping the next gen shit market.