Xbox Durango to feature ‘Always On, Always Connected’?

Remember the rumor that was going around that the next-gen Xbox, codenamed Durango, was not going to allow used games from being played? Could the “Always On, Always Connected” feature prevent gamers from playing used games?  Vgleaks was able to get screenshots of the Durango Xbox Development Kit (XDK) documentation, and it could contain something that might turn Xbox fans away from the system.


IGN reports that its sources view the screenshots supplied by Vgleaks as accurate.

One of the newest addition is the mandatory install of all video games. This really isn’t shocking to PlayStation 3 users, since they should be used to mandatory installs by now.

Each Durango will include a “high-fidelity” Kinect Sensor. These will be required to operate the system. Okay, so I might have a problem with this.

“Every Durango console will have a hard drive, although its exact capacity has not been chosen. It will be large enough, however, to hold a large number of games. All games will be installed on the hard drive. Play from the optical disc will not be supported.”

It’s funny to think that Microsoft fought so hard against the Blu-ray format, only to have reports saying that the Durango will be using Blu-ray discs. You won’t be able to play off of the disc, however, it will just be used as an installation disc.

With the new “Always On, Always Connected” feature, Microsoft is trying to make gaming a smooth experience. Since it will always be on, it’ll be easier for you to play a game right away. And since it will always be connected, it means that games can be updated on the fly in the background compared to manually updating a game.

“Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use. The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this ‘Always On, Always Connected’ design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates.”

But some gamers are already predicting that the “Always On, Always Connected” feature could be another way to prevent used games from being played. I guess we’ll find out when the console comes out. If you’re a gamer who likes to buy new games only, then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal for you. But if this is also a way to control DRM, then GameStop would really be in trouble.

I really don’t think Microsoft would be that dumb to add an anti-used game feature…

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