Update (3/20/13): Oh, next-gen console rumors, how TG missed you. Today\’s newest batch of next Xbox rumblings come courtesy of VGLeaks, and continue to claim previously-heard rumors that Microsoft\’s future home console will require a constant internet connection, among other things.
The report features images which reportedly come from the \’Durango\’ XDK (Xbox Development Kit), and further says that each new Xbox will ship with \”a new high-fidelity Kinect Sensor,\” which will also need to be on for the Xbox to work.
VGLeaks also claims that the new Xbox will play Blu-ray discs, but that all games will have to be installed on the hard drive to be played, and that \”play from the optical discs will not be supported.\” The new Xbox is said to have a large HDD to accommodate this requirement, but no specific size was given. A feature that allows players to start a game while it\’s still being installed — similar to the one announced for the PS4 last month — is also mentioned.
But the detail that will catch most players\’ eye is the purported \”Always On, Always Connected\” requirement, something that will likely bring up images of some sort of DRM-esque anti-used game system in many gamers\’ heads. The rumored leak says that this design choice will allow users to \”quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates,\” but more than a few gamers have demonstrated their dislike for any policy that requires online play in the past (hello, SimCity). All of that is far from confirmed, of course.
It\’s important to note that there\’s no set date listed on the XDK images shown in the report, so there\’s no guarantee that these details are up to date. It\’s entirely possible that Microsoft had these designs in place, but has since altered them in the wake of the PlayStation 4 reveal and the like.
But again, there\’s a reason this article is called a \”Rumor Roundup.\” Microsoft is expected to release its next-generation console later this year, but it still hasn\’t formally acknowledged that the machine even exists. But TG will continue to update if and when any new information is shared, so keep checking back here to see the latest whispers from around the industry.
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