A new report from EDGE magazine on Wednesday suggests that the next Xbox (aka Xbox 720) will combat second-hand sales of video games by making disks good only for the first person person that buys them.
The EDGE report re-confirms many of the details already known about the Xbox 720 such as the 8-core 1.6 GHz CPU from AMD, the DirectX 11.1 GPU and 8GB of DDR3 memory. Additionally, the upgraded Kinect has been known for a while as well. The inclusion of anti-used game technology is something that was primarily associated with Sony and the PS4, however.
According to EDGE, "It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user." These activation codes would, in effect, be the equivalent of this generation's online pass which requires a user to enter a code before they can play online. This report makes it sound as if this anti-used game solution would be required for solely single-player games as well.
A Sony patent discovered at the beginning of this year suggested the PS4 might pair an ID on the disk with the console it is initially placed in. This would essentially limit the disk only to that console unless a mechanism was provided for use on multiple consoles.
At the time, Wedbush analyst Michael Pacther said, "Sony would be materially hurt if its console blocked used games and competitor consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo did not." We assume that would be the same for Microsoft but what if both Sony and Microsoft blocked used games?