So many rumours, so little time. This latest one comes from usual suspect Kotaku, who have reportedly learned that the NextBox/Xbox 720/next-generation Microsoft console will feature a Blu-Ray drive... and potentially debut an anti-used game system. Powerful stuff, and we've got the full details after the break.
The addition of Blu-Ray functionality to the next-generation Xbox would grant developers 50GB of storage space to play with compared to the current maximum of 9, not to mention the ability to play Blu-Ray movies. Before you react, remember that Sony doesn't technically own the Blu-Ray format in its entirety, rather, they're a vocal part of a group of hardware manufacturers who developed and lobbied for it. This is actually plausible, and since Microsoft are keen to turn their consoles into full-blown entertainment centres, it would fit with their current business model. We'll have to wait and see.
A more inflammatory rumour, however, purports that the Nextbox will refuse to play pre-owned games. No, really. While the method has apparently not been revealed, this would effectively kill off an entire segment of the used games market. We can't see this happening (seriously), even though the battle between publishers and pre-owned retailers is reaching fever pitch. Take this one with a serious pinch of salt... and a tequila to wash it down.