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Xbox 720 games ‘will require online connection’

Luke Johnson


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New Xbox 720 rumours have suggested that Xbox Live will become and “integral” rather than “optional” service on the next-gen console, with all Xbox 720 games set to “requite an internet connection.”

Adding to a flurry of recent Xbox 720 rumours ahead of the eagerly awaited Xbox 720 release date, latest reports have suggested that whilst titles will still come on a physical disc, all Xbox 720 games will require an internet connection to fully function, with Microsoft using the online access to register games and remove resale possibilities.

Citing “sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console,” gaming magazine Edge has reported that all Xbox 720 game “will require an internet connection in order to function, ruling out a second-hand market for the platform.”

Suggesting that “A new iteration of Xbox Live will be an integral part of Microsoft’s next console,” the latest reports added: “Although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form.”

Rubbishing claims that Microsoft will move to a wholly digital platform for its next-gen gamer, Edge has added that “next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs,” with Microsoft ensuring “games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user.”

Xbox 720 Rumours

Long the thing of rumour and speculation, the Xbox 720 is widely expected to be officially unveiled later this year, with an Xbox 720 release date tipped to see the console touch down ahead of the pre-Christmas rush as a direct Sony PS4 rival.

With Xbox 720 specs tipped to see the device sport everything from an eight-core processor to 8GB of RAM, recent Xbox 720 rumours have suggested that Microsoft’s next-gen console will be underpowered when compared with its Sony branded rival. A rumoured Xbox 720 price has claimed the console will set wannabe owner's back $400.

Whilst news on upcoming Xbox 720 games has been hard to come by, a selection of PS4 games recently leaked with the likes of Rockstar’s eagerly awaited GTA 5 release tipped to be heading to next-gen consoles later this year. Although titles have yet to be announced, Microsoft recently inadventantly teased a selection of upcoming Xbox 720 games, with the LinkedIn profile of Microsoft Studios Senior Product Manager and Planner, Jonathan Browne, revealing that four new Xbox IPs have recently been taken “from the very early concept phase through green light to production.”

What would you like to see Microsoft do with its next-generation gamer? Would you be deterred by a lack of a second-hand games market? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: Edge


February 6, 2013, 3:02 pm

It is almost like Sony and Microsoft are sitting in a room together discussing how they can best give their business away to Apple and Valve.

Alex Walsh

February 6, 2013, 3:19 pm

I dunno, the second hand market must be worth billions, and the publishers don't see a single penny of it directly. I suppose some people probably trade in for new games but for every second hand game that's bought, it might as well be pirated inasmuch as the publisher doesn't get a penny from it.


February 6, 2013, 3:40 pm

I dunno, the second hand car market must be worth billions, and the car makers don't see a single penny of it directly. I suppose some
people probably trade in for new cars but for every second hand car that's bought, it might as well be stolen inasmuch as the car maker doesn't get a penny from it.

Glen Bradford

February 6, 2013, 4:54 pm

Some games are good but not worth axing full price for, if M$ was to do this it would not sell more than 20 million systems, having the ability to play a good amount of games is what makes a gamer play and pay for lots of games, if you stop a gamer buying games so easy they will get use to not playing games and won't care to play so many, only very good games will then sell to the few who will buy a system, second hand games keep the price of none second hand games down, If this happens and they have full controll of game price it is not going to be good, a game you download now not only costs more than the shop version of the same game, it can't be sold or traded, I don't sell my games now but it was important to me as a young gamer. Downloadable games should be a lot cheaper than the shop version of the game, I don't need to point out why, you will find new to download games are a lot more than when the game was new in the shop, they know cheaper games are on offer, if you don't have the money for these new games and for people with plenty of money or mums who don't understand the price M$ is more than happy to take your £50 for a old game that may turn out to be a bad game with no take back option if you are unhappy, the only positive things about this idea stops there M$ and Sony will never let us take any advantage they want the advantage, games won't get cheaper


February 6, 2013, 10:54 pm

What is with the ridiculous amount of spelling mistakes in this article? There's two in the first paragraph!


February 25, 2013, 3:19 am

I'm really hating the online idea. For people like me who are stuck on low-quota-download each month, we can't play Live as it is without going over our download quota and having our internet reduce to dial-up speed (which honestly, is like having no internet at all).

If they do this it will kill the Xbox for people like me who can't go online. And this anti-2nd-hand-trade-ins rubbish? Microsoft wake up and realise that's terrible idea.

720 was looking very promising, until those two facts were brought to light. If those happen I will unfortunately, not be buying the console simply because I wont be able to play anything on it.

I hope this is just a ruse to get feedback microsoft, you'd better be re-thinking this.

Alexanderson OK Keith

February 26, 2013, 3:38 pm

If they follow through with this I'll just have to go buy a ps4. even if it is more expensive I'll save in the long run. As long as Sony doesn't ask for Online fees


March 4, 2013, 5:28 pm

Except the car is not an exact copy of the original without any degradation, and the manufacturer is not expected to start their support from scratch again, a particularly relevant point in this day and age of online games requiring ongoing support in terms of servers, etc.

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