Next Batch of Xbox 720 Rumors: Always Online, Blocks Used Games, Kinect 2.0

The PlayStation 4 will likely be announced on February 20, but when can we find out more about the next Xbox? According to Edge, some of the recent rumors we’ve heard are true, and some longstanding suspicious are also correct.

According to “sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console,” the next Xbox will require an internet connection in order to function, making it a very online-driven gaming experience. One has to wonder just how much, if any, functions of the console will be available without a paid Xbox Live subscription. Edge states that “a new iteration of Xbox Live will be an integral part of Microsoft’s next console.”

While Microsoft is going to push digital downloads on the system, physical disks will not be eliminated. The next Xbox will use 50GB Blu-ray disks, conforming to the same format as Sony after the failure of HD-DVD.

Following the discovery that Sony has patented a way to block used games, we saw a panic sweep the used games market. GameStop’s stocks may take another hit if rumors are true, because the next Xbox is also believed to be able to detect and reject used games.

The next Xbox is also supposed to launch with a new and improved version of Kinect. Microsoft is expected to “invest heavily” in motion-based technology and gameplay, with the new Kinect being much more reliable and responsive.

Finally, sources claim that the PlayStation 4 will have a couple of distinct advantages over the next Xbox. For starters, though the architectures of the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation both resemble that of PCs, inside sources say that Sony’s machine is better for leveraging power. Secondly, the next Xbox’s operating system overhead is described as “oppressive” in comparison to the PlayStation 4.

These are all still rumors at this point, but more and more sources are coming forward with similar information. We’ll likely get the official reveal of the PlayStation 4 very soon. Hopefully the next Xbox won’t be too far behind.

Source: Edge