Xbox 720: Anti-Piracy Measure Could be Downfall
It must be said that nothing about the next generation Xbox is certain. However if the current rumours are anything to go by the Xbox 720, as it is commonly known, may require a constant online connection as a measure against piracy.
This internet connection would therefore also be required even if the user is playing a single-player game. This rumour may also be connected to the fact that many people believe that Microsoft may be heading down a disk-less route, preferring instead to champion a digital download only model. Requiring permanent connection to the web encourages the idea that it is one-click to purchase content. Once people have set up their Xbox Live accounts with their banks details links could be inserted into the games themselves that encourage the user to download DLC.
This is of course not set in stone. There are other rumours floating around that dispute this idea entirely. Some industry insiders have hinted that the console will indeed have a disk drive, and will use Blu-Ray technology – just like it’s Sony rival the PlayStation. In addition it is thought that the Xbox 720 could have up to six individual cores, which has led people to speculate just how much of this computing power will be given over to Kinect. It is a well known fact that Microsoft want to find a way of implementing this technology in such a way as to encourage the gaming hard-core to use it. In this respect some people have speculated that two or more computing cells may be dedicated to the technology. That is how certain they think Microsoft are that they can make the Kinect technology take-off.
Of course at the moment this is all just speculation. Hopefully Microsoft will make some sort of announcement at E3 in June this year, although as the time ticks on this is looking less and less likely. Only time will tell.