There were rumors that the Xbox 720 which is yet to be unveiled will require a constant internet connection. The rumors, it turns out, seem to be true as confirmed by Eidos president Ian Livingstone. Livingstone suggested all this during his visit to India where he was promoting the latest title in the Tomb Raider series.
“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. So I think the generation after that will be digital-only”, said Livingstone when the question of digital format replacing physical copies came up.
From what Livingstone said, it seems that not only would there be a constant need of internet to play but also that you would not be able to lend your friend the game for a couple of days. The “blocking used software” part was also confirmed by sources in Edge magazine earlier this month.
This could seriously hurt the new console’s sales because where PlayStation is eager to welcome the age of cloud streaming and will NOT block used software, Xbox will be much less flexible and a lot more inconvenient for gamers.