President of Eidos Interactive, Ian Livingstone has said that Microsoft’s next console will require an always-on internet connection and will block pre-owned games. While these rumors have been floating around for a while, this is the first we have heard from an industry insider about the topic.
In an interview with MCV India, Livingstone said the next generation of consoles still aren’t prepared to go towards a digital-only method of distributing games, and that Xbox’s physical media might use watermarks to serialize disks.
“The next iteration of consoles–the PS4 and the next Xbox, have got optical disc drives even though they probably don’t want to have them. Broadband speed globally isn’t at a level that justifies digital-only. With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an Internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another.”
Earlier this month, UK gaming magazine Edge also talked about the new Xbox blocking pre-owned software.
Every day we are hearing more and more about this always-on, no-used games Xbox … and every day I’m getting more and more concerned about it. However, in the end I don’t think Microsoft has the tenacity to block pre-owned software.
Source: MCV India