We're so close to hearing about new consoles from Sony and Microsoft that we can barely contain our excitement. After publishing a scoop on the PS4 last week, trusted game source EDGE is claiming it has the inside skinny on the next-gen Xbox.
Confirming several rumors that were floating around last year, EDGE says it's been told by "sources with first-hand experience" that the next Xbox will have an "AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DRR3 RAM." Hard drive capacity is still being determined and games will be reportedly be stored on 50GB Blu-ray discs. A new and improved Kinect is also expected to be sold alongside the next Xbox.
However, the news is not all good. The most alarming part of EDGE's report is that the next Xbox will apparently "require an Internet connection in order to function, ruling out a second-hand game market for the platform." New games will come with activation codes that "will have no value beyond the initial user." If true, that won't fly with gamers who enjoy buying (or selling) used games through places like GameStop, and we're also wondering about the usability of game rental services like GameFly. It would also mean people who prefer using their consoles offline will be out of luck.
It just doesn't make much sense for Microsoft to include an anti-used game feature, unless its next Xbox really is going entirely digital and will drop the optical disc. If there's one thing we gamers are known for, it's that we're vocal. Microsoft could see an exodus of gamers to Sony if it tries to put bullets into used games. We'll know soon enough what's real and what's not, as Microsoft is expected to announce the next Xbox at E3 this June.