Rumors have been circulating for months about the Xbox 720, codenamed Durango, that it would utilize always-online DRM seen in games such as Diablo 3 and Sim City, in order to block gamers from playing used games and requiring them to be always online in order to operate the basic functions of the console.
However, according to industry analyst Michael Pachter, this will not be the case. In an interview with Forbes, Pachter made his opinion very clear: “I don’t think Microsoft has the balls to block used games, and I want you to quote me on that,” said Pachter. “Microsoft would alienate 30 percent of their audience by doing that and Sony would step in and exploit that by saying, ‘We’re not blocking used games.’”
It is possible that Microsoft originally intended to have the Durango be online only but pulled the plug because of the negative feedback it has received in the months since the rumor broke out. The Xbox 360, was able to grab a sizable market share from Sony this past generation, essentially drawing even with Sony worldwide. It would be a bold move on Microsoft’s part to block gamers from playing offline and could serve as a rallying call for Sony to restore their former PS2 dominance.
In addition, Pachter is very optimistic about the potential of the day 1 Kinect peripheral which has been rumored to be built into the next Xbox. “The new Xbox Kinect will have limitless possibilities,” said Pachter. “It’s like having a laptop with a camera on the monitor and a microphone and you have all that built into the Xbox. It will be able to do anything PC can do, except for Microsoft Office.”
With graphics becoming less of a factor with each passing generation, companies like Microsoft and Sony need to offer other services and features to entice customers. Sony has been very excited to talk about the DualShock 4 and all of its new features such as the share button, which allows gamers to upload videos and screenshots of their gameplay. According to Pachter it seems as though the next Kinect will be one of the major draws for the next Xbox.
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