Pachter: Microsoft will not block used games with the Xbox 720


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.

For more of Pachter’s predictions and opinions check out the source link for the full article.


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One comment

  1. How does Pachter have the balls to come out after every other gaming site on the planet has reported an alledged internal email debunking always-on DRM and make the same prediction as if he’s Nostradamus?

    “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”

    There are an infinite amount of possibilities, strange that the one being favoured is the one where certain websites haven’t been spreading FUD for months, MS must just have just changed their mind.

    All these rumours started from one dumb assumption over the wording of a feature described in an allegedly leaked document, the assumption that an always-on feature must mean mandatory always-on DRM.

    There was never one scrap of evidence to back up that assumption, infact it was Sony who were seen to be patenting used game blocking software and Sony who backtracked on their original position that they wouldn’t block used games to the noncommittal position that,

    “The answer to the pre-owned question isn’t clarified just yet and we’re working through that and we’ll announce our position in more detail as and when we can.”

    Any normal journalist would and should have been pursuing Sony to clarify their position since they had actually announced the PS4, made a statement on used games then backtracked on it but it seems internet journalism is more focused on spreading poorly thought out rumours knowing full well that Microsoft have a strict policy of not commenting on rumours and speculation and would not respond.