With the impending announcement of Microsoft's next generation console, the Xbox 720, there have been numerous rumors floating around that lead to the possibility that this console will require a constant Internet connection, as well as blocking used games. Although Microsoft has not officially confirmed or denied any of this information, according to the president of Eidos, these two features may be implemented with the Xbox 720.
As reported by an article on Cinemablend today, it appears that Microsoft will be completely eliminating the use of used games, as well as requiring users to supply the Xbox 720 with a constant Internet connection. Eidos president Ian Livingstone stated that “"Broadband speed globally isn’t at a level that justifies digital-only.” … “With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an Internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another.”
If this information has any validity, Microsoft will be giving Sony a major advantage if these two functions are implemented with the Xbox 720. Sony has already confirmed that the PS4 will not require a constant Internet connection and will not block used games. Gamers have expressed negative opinions on the use of features such as this, as the implementation of these features will surely put Microsoft at a disadvantage. We will just have to wait until Microsoft officially reveals the Xbox 720 to receive an official confirmation.
For those interested, we have listed a few concept photos of the Xbox 720 in the slideshow above this article.