It’s about two years away from the supposed launch of Microsoft’s next system, the “Xbox 720″, yet the rumor mill churns out the craziest things well in advance. This latest rumor is that the Xbox 720 will not play used games (Source: Kotaku). That’s right. No more borrowing or renting (at least not in the traditional way). It’s possible that there could be digital rentals, but I don’t think that will convince Gamefly to not head to the bar for several rounds tonight.
Kotaku is reporting that, according to their sources, the Xbox 720 will use Blu-Ray discs instead of DVDs (thank jeebus), allowing for more textures and game content. We might also be looking at a newer, smaller controller when the next console launches.
The end of video game-centric brick and mortar stores may be closer than we all imagined, seeing as how used games make up a large chunk of their profits. That is, if this rumor turns out to be true.