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REPORT: Xbox 720 To Have Blu-Ray And Always-On Internet Requirement

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Matt Gardner
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REPORT: Xbox 720 To Have Blu-Ray And Always-On Internet Requirement

According to a new report from Pat Garratt, Microsoft have been fully detailing the new Xbox to third parties, with the console manufacturer apparently eyeing up a Christmas 2013 release for its next-gen machine.

If the report is to be believed, the new platform will certainly have a Blu-Ray drive, quashing rumours that it might be digital-only, and will require a permanent connection to the internet "like Steam" as an anti-piracy measure.

"Multiple sources have confirmed this morning that the machine will have two GPUs," reads the report. "One said: 'It’s like two PCs taped together.'"

"We’re waiting for final confirmation of specs, but the graphics cards are thought to be equivalent to AMD’s 7000 series GPUs, but “not CrossFire or SLI”. The GPUs aren’t structured as they are in a normal dual PC set-up, in which the two chips take it in turns to draw lines of the same object: Xbox 720′s graphics units will be able to work independently, drawing separate items simultaneously."

There were reports last week that Sony's next-gen console - codenamed Orbis - would also use AMD components.

The new Xbox's CPU will reportedly have “four or six” cores, with one reserved for Kinect and one for the OS. Furthermore, Kinect will be built into the device as standard, and the console will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure.

It's uncertain whether or not this will also be used to combat pre-owned titles, as has also been rumoured.

Next year is going to be utterly bonkers! [VG247]

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RiKx  Apr. 2, 2012 at 12:51

"will require a permanent connection to the internet "like Steam" as an anti-piracy measure."

Why bother then, we can just use a PC and steam...

Quietus  Apr. 2, 2012 at 13:13

Because most people can't afford to keep their PCs up-to-date to play modern games.

My tuppence on it would be that it's a stupid idea, and I suspect they're underestimating the number of people who just want to hook their console up to a TV, and play games. Are they really willing to sacrifice those buyers?

Doors  Apr. 2, 2012 at 13:41

They could if they spent the money they saved buying games for the pc rather than the consoles I think

Tsung  Apr. 2, 2012 at 13:45

Yep I agree with Quietus, I think there are plenty of xbox owners out there currently who's console have never seen the internet. I know for a fact my Nephew has one of them. Due to where they live, always on internet connection is not possible / reliable. Their internet is patchy at best (with no sign that BT will ever upgrade or improve it).

Could be a big mistake by Micrsoft to make an always connected console?. Still Microsoft seems to be making a lot of risky decisions recently..

RiKx  Apr. 2, 2012 at 14:12

Their internet is patchy at best (with no sign that BT will ever upgrade or improve it).


My internet is like this currently. I have had to swap to using a 3G dongle which (connection wise) seems to be better in every way than my previous BT line based nightmare. But I don't think you need a massively expensive pc (mine isn't) to be able to play games at a reasonable level and with a PC there is always the option of upgrading to getter better performance. Remember that it has taken years for the consoles to fall to the £150-200 area (i know they can be had cheaper with deals 2nd etc) on release they were alot more. Coupled with doors point that PC games are ALOT cheaper i think you could create a good PC FTW financial argument.

If that's M$ plan why bother making a console, why not just be a on-live /gakkai (sp?) service rival?

DivideByZero  Apr. 2, 2012 at 16:28

"will require a permanent connection to the internet "like Steam" as an anti-piracy measure."
Why bother then, we can just use a PC and steam...


Haha, too true. They would need to make a really big advancement in graphics to make it worth the jump. That or the price of games would need to drop a LOT.

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