New Xbox to block pre-owned, incorporate Blu-ray

Ben Parfitt
New Xbox to block pre-owned, incorporate Blu-ray

Barely a day passes now without some sort of fresh claim about the Next Xbox, but today’s are arguably some of the juiciest so far.

Kotaku has word of two claims. One, that the new machine will include Blu-ray disc technology. And two – it will implement some sort of anti pre-owned technology.

Of the first claim, although it would be a great headline it really wouldn’t be the most surprising news. The only alternative for Microsoft would be to develop its own high-capacity disc tech, and with Blu-ray sitting there ready to be licensed that would be uneconomical.

The second claim, however, is far more important.

There are so far no details of how this might work, though Kotaku reasonably speculates that the method could well involve locking a specific, individual copy of a game to a user’s Gamertag.

It’s also possible that a disc-tagging system could be implemented. This would require a console to someone write a small piece of information to the disc. If detected when inserted into another device the game could simply refuse to boot.

Kotaku’s sources also add that the New Xbox will ship with a spruced up version of Kinect that includes its own processing circuitry. And, interestingly, a smaller controller than the model we have become accustomed to.

"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,” a Microsoft spokesperson responded.

“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."


Tags: Microsoft , pre-owned , new , block , second hand , Xbox

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they could use hd-dvd to avoid paying sony to use blu ray

Paul Arkz

Jan 26th 2012 at 11:05AM

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If a pass code is written to the disk allowing it to be only used on one particular console what allowances would be given to those users that have to replace a dead unit only to find that their £40+ disk needs to be replaced too? Tagging it to the user seems a better choice but why do this in the first place? What's wrong with buying preowned software? Would it not be better to require a "license" to play that software once purchased rather than block it?

Kevin Bigwood

Kevin Bigwood INDUSTRY
Jan 26th 2012 at 2:54PM

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This is a ridiculous idea. I can think of 2 major problems:

1. Gaming should be a social experience. If someone wants to meet up with a friend and play games then their copies of a game will not work on their friend's console, and vice versa.

2. If Microsoft implement this technology, then they would also have to ensure that games do not go out of print. I can think of a number of titles that I have purchased second-hand in the past simply because they are not manufactured any more. What about retro gaming? If I wanted to play these games in the future after several other consoles had been released I would have to buy them second-hand, in which case they would just not work?

David Aitchison

David Aitchison ELITE GAMER
Feb 1st 2012 at 11:56AM

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