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Next Xbox will play Blu-Ray, get Kinect 2 say sources

The Gadget Show  Thursday 26 January 2012

Next Xbox will play Blu-Ray, get Kinect 2 say sources

As new Xbox 720 rumours continue to mount, it has been claimed that the next generation Xbox console will finally ditch the traditional DVD format, and instead opt for Blu-Ray playback.

Such a move would see the new Xbox match the PS3 in terms of movie playback and eliminate the need for games to be laid out on multiple discs. A source also claims that the next Xbox will use technology that could prevent used games being played on the console.

Xbox 720 rumoured for 2013 release

Following lots of speculation, a source recently told gaming website Kotaku that Microsoft will use Blu-Ray technology in its next console, like Sony currently does with its PS3 console.

Kotaku’s source also says that the next Xbox will also use a form of “anti-used” technology to could prevent used games from being played on the console, though it is not clear how the technology will work. One suggestion is that games will be tied specifically to users Xbox Live profiles, to enable the console to detect whether a game has been played using another profile.

Should this be the case, it could be a blow to sales of pre-owned games – they would not work on other consoles once the player signs in to their Xbox Live profile. The report also mentions the next generation of Microsoft Kinect, which will be fitted with a new sensor for better accuracy, and a smaller controller than the current version.

What do you think of Microsoft’s possible move to Blu-Ray as a game and movie format? And how could this “anti-used technology” be used in future? Any guesses, gadget fans?

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Microsoft, Xbox 720, Blu-Ray, Kinect 2

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Alex Hall

Why? Why would they do that!? Surely they stand to make less money as I'd imagine being able to sell a game more than once would boost their income as well as give people more choice of cheaper games meaning they're more likely to buy more. This would only be acceptable if they dropped the ridiculous price of games!

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Andrew Patrick

I do not use my currant 360 on line never have, not everyone who owns a console goes on line (not all can afford it), second hand games are big buisness, you can see that supermarkets are slowly getting in on the act as the profit from second hand games always out weighs the new game margins. As the ecconomics of the country slip further back who seriously can keep paying for new games ALL the time and then go on line to unlock them? Seriously Microsoft???? 1st you give us a console that keeps breaking down! "I've currantly got my 2nd Red Ring of Death" I am on a very low income here in Hull, as I expect there are many others. I for one will walk away from gaming on a console if restrictions are put upon future gaming. Seriously not impressed at the possabilities aired here!

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Anonymous

me and my brother own an xbox and a PS3...we live in the same house....we both buy brand new titles and use them on each others consoles...does this mean on the next generation on consoles (cos if microsoft are doing it then so will sony!) we have to buy the same game twice?...also what happens with deals with lovefilm,blockbuster etc etc where you rent games

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Dan

The Anti-Used restriction will drive people away from the 360, if you could unlock a used game for £2 or something then i'd be ok with it, atleast then microsoft get a bit more money for their empire and I get a cheap game! Am so tempted by the PS4 now having read that

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John Smith

If it is the case that you won't be able to buy second hand games I won't bother with the new xbox and I am sure there will be many more who are with me. I currently buy 2-3 games per month at my rate of consumption that would be £120 or more a month on games if I had to buy them new. I have already left Windows behind and moved to Linux and Apple OS. Microsoft really don't want to put these restrictions on their gaming system. People will just go and buy a PS4 which will come out a couple of months later. If they play their cards right the 720 could put them back up to the top of the tree again.

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peter

if a blueray dvd drive becomes faulty. ya cant get it repaired.. bad idea xbox. (in my eyes). instead of dvd or blueray disks, why not use some new tech to put the games onto.. i.e. memory card- memory tape/plastic... there's less chance of lazers dying, cheaper on parts & cheaper on repairs for the consumers.. (if any) xbox have seemed to cure the red ring-(overheating) problem with the new xbox, so i would suggest turning thoughts & ideas to new age- media tech.

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Jon

I know these are only rumours but I know the Anti-Used game announcement will put a lot of people off and I don't think that games manufacturers can afford that kind of negative press. I would Imagine that they could follow in EAs footsteps and include online redeemable codes that can only be used once, but a new code can be purchased if you buy the game second hand. the other announcements are fairly run of the mill things and nothing less than I would have expected, and thank God there has been no mention of 'Cloud Gaming'!!

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Katie

Omg is Microsoft insane how could you put an anti used onto games? If they do do this then they should make the games really cheap!!! No more rentals ever again?? I'd just keep my Xbox 360 if this is the case, there gone in the head!!!

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Colin

With the anti-used issue - look at Microsoft - they have a huge licencing function there who will actually be looking at how they can extract maximum value from consumers. They will put that licencing experience to good use and probably enable games via codes. Once you've used the code with the game it's locked to your system. However if you re-sell it, you will be able to re-activate it by buying another code from Microsoft.... that way they get their hands on a piece of the re-sale market which is really lucrative. The only thing that will change will be your re-sale value. Instead of a second hand game that's one week old from release costing you £35 in the highstreet second hand, it will cost you £20 for example. When you get home, it will then likely cost you £15 more for the licence code from Microsoft to play it.... this would make much more sense.... the losers will be the current game traders who will see much less for their trade-in's, irrespective of the age of the game from it's original release date, as the retailer doing the re-sale will still need to make a margin. So it will harm the re-seller market.... but let's not forget, the original developers of the games don't see a penny of the re-sale value at the moment. So putting a strategy like this together will certainly benefit them, and seeing as Microsoft now owns a number of development houses, they have more of an active interest in them seeing this cash too.

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Colin

Regarding the comment on the rental market - that can be easily got round by an online system with the rental company - when you hire the game they can send you a time limited access code as part of your hire - this will be an automated system from Microsoft, so cost to serve will be very low. This could be used if you're hiring from Blockbuster or even streaming/downloading online. So it's pretty simple - all Microsoft needs to be mindful of are keygens to crack the codes.

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Anonymous

the anti used technology rumour was around when Xbox 360 was announced, it never went anywhere back then, and I very much doubt it will appear this time round.

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DaRiCh

You'd think Apple must have bought Microsoft after reading this. Yet another way of fleecing people out of their hard earned money. Somehow i don't think it will be very successful if they follow this route, though there are enough gullible sheep (apple suckers) out there to keep them filling microsoft's pockets. If all games were reasonably priced - under £20, then it might become acceptable . . . over time, But somehow i doubt that will happen.

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Bill Bones

Why would Microsoft want to make the game so it's tied to a particular xBox. The second hand games market is full of good games and makes them affordable and therefore available to more users. Bad move and would make you think about buying the 720. Perhaps they should work on the security so the copied games don't work. Or is this the easy option

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Anonymous

If the Anti-Used Tech rumor turns out to be true then there's not point for the next X-Box. I usually only rent games and complete them and if they're really good I'll buy them when they're really cheap. I'd never pay £40+ for a game.

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Carl pynegar

I am 38 but still act like a big kid when I hear news about a new games console and can't wait to get my hands on it but if it turns out true about not being able to use second hand games on the new xbox I for one will be boycotting it and hope others will do the same to send Microsoft a message.

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Hitman

ThIs is why people download games! Due to Microsoft being muppets!

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Nick

People who harp on about the prices of games. I am a 38 yo games player I remember back 'in the day's mega drive snes game gear gameboy £40 a pop. That was 20 years ago. Prices have thankfully remained I think very resonable considering the manpower and costs involved. If you don't like it WAIT a few weeks till a price drop comes. Don't be sucked into the must buy day one release. I have not paid full price for a blu ray in months. It's not rocket science is it?

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