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Rumor: Xbox 720 to be Always Online and Will Disable Second-Hand Games

The following Xbox 720 rumor is to be taken with more than a pinch of salt but personally I feel you’ll be needing the whole shaker.

Another ‘source’ who has supposedly worked on Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox has revealed to Edge-Online information that just seems too bad to be true, or at least some of it.

For starters the new Xbox is going to require an Internet connection at all times to function properly. Alongside that games will be shipped with activation codes inside their boxes. This ultimately destroys the second-hand market, since the games will be tied to whoever activates the title first.

The company has allegedly also decided on ditching their HD-DVD format because games for the next Xbox are going to come on 50 GB capacity Blu-Ray discs.

The report also claims that the recent rumored specifications of the new console are correct and that the box will indeed boast an AMD eight-cored x64 1.6GHz CPU, as well as a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM.

Regarding the Kinect, the source claims that a new model of the motion-control device will be shipped alongside the next Xbox. “Microsoft is continuing to invest heavily in motion-control interfaces” and the new Kinect is supposed to be very reliable in terms of responsiveness and accuracy.

You can breath now.