The website Edge-online reports that Microsoft will block second hand games in the next Xbox. To control this, the console will require an ‘always on’ internet connection. Games will have an activation code which have no use to someone else than the first buyer of the game.
The website claims to have spoken to a source that had first hand experience with the next Xbox, code named Durango. The source also states that Microsoft is committed to online functionality but that games will continue to be available on discs. The console will support 50 GB Blu-ray discs, like the Playstation.
Also the specifications are confirmed by the source, the next Xbox will have an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics card and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Also an improved version of Kinect should become available with the device. It’s expected that Sony’s next generation console will be launched at the 20th of February, the release date for the next Xbox has not been announced.