You are, it seems, a nobody unless you’ve got loads of industry insider buddies who are willing to have a quick chat on MSN about next-generation machines under the condition that – no matter who comes knocking at your door – you’ll never tell anyone their name.
Nobody tells us a damned thing, mind, but that means we can happily cherry-pick from the craziest theories out there without having the tiniest bit of egg on our collective faces. Unless we’re eating an egg sandwich with extra egg, in which case you’ll have to excuse the tasty morsels sat upon our noses.[drop2]The latest (and forgive me if this link doesn’t work, I still can’t figure out how to work Kotaku) is that the next Xbox will use Blu-ray disks (fair enough) but lock out pre-owned games (more bonkers than Bonkers Bob).
“I’ve heard from one reliable industry source that Microsoft intends to incorporate some sort of anti-used game system as part of their so-called Xbox 720,” says the site’s Stephen Totilo, who then says that his source “wasn’t sure how Microsoft intended to implement any anti-used game system in the new machine.”
Well, assuming it requires an online activation (that surely can’t be that far fetched now given that most console owners only buy the machine to play Call of Duty against people they’ve never met) there might be a digital signature on each disk that connects to Live and then ties that disk with –
– oh. No. It really is bonkers.
There’s going to be a new Kinect with it though – that much is absolutely certain. Hopefully this one will be a bit more accurate and / or be accompanied out of the stable by a brand new copy of Dance Central 3.
“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,” said Microsoft in some kind of vague response to the rumours.
“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.”
Don’t blame you, mate.