"Will have no value beyond the initial user"
It's rumour time, folks. That means dust off your berets of scepticism and grab some large swathes of salt. We've got some large dollops of source-based speculation coming in that point towards the next Xbox's games shipping with activation codes that will render any purchased games useless "beyond the initial user".
Hilariously, the report also suggests that Microsoft will fully capitulate when it comes to physical media, and start shipping their games on 50GB Blu-Ray discs.
According to EDGE, who we'd hope have verified their unnamed "sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console", "Microsoft’s next console will require an Internet connection in order to function, ruling out a second-hand game market for the platform".
Strike 1? Hooray for idiotic draconian rules instead of positive incentives!
But wait, there's more. The rumour-spotted report also states that "although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form". However, they'll allegedly "ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user".
Strike 2? Don't expect to take your copy of anything over to mate's house for some cheeky funtimes.
Further on in the report, EDGE's sources suggest that "Studios working with the next-gen Xbox are currently being forced to work with only approved development libraries, while Sony is encouraging coders to get closer to the metal of its box. Furthermore, the operating system overhead of Microsoft’s next console is more oppressive than Sony’s equivalent."
Stri...of course, this is all unverified rumblings that make the rumour mill such a creaky beast. But it does rather sound like the sort of move Microsoft might make, and goes hand in hand with a number of previous reports on the matter.
Needless to say, we haven't stopped laughing. But only because there'd be rivers of tears otherwise. More interestingly, how will the EU rulings on digital reselling play into things? The EU's ruling on pre-owned game sales is as follows:
An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet.
It makes the rumour a little suspect, perhaps, but it'll come down to MS' terms and conditions. Microsoft vs. The Court of Justice of the European Union...now that's a battle we'd like to see.
If true, would it affect your purchase? Xbox LIVE die-hards, would you jump ship if Microsoft attempt to restrict your consumer rights in this manner?