Between Xbox Live and the gradual increase of advertisements, I straight up started to loathe the platform. As time moved forward and the rumors about the new consoles started bouncing around, more worst case scenario rumors about the new consoles started trickling out.
Microsoft’s next console will require an Internet connection in order to function, ruling out a second-hand game market for the platform. A new iteration of Xbox Live will be an integral part of Microsoft’s next console, while improved Kinect hardware will also ship alongside the unit.
Hardware sounds cool though.
Our source has also confirmed that the next Xbox’s recently rumoured specs are entirely accurate. That means an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. As of now, the console’s hard drive capacity is said to be undecided, but Microsoft’s extended commitment to online delivery suggests that it will be the largest unit it has put inside a console to date.
While that article doesn't specifically note the anti-used game thing, there have been quite a few references to both platforms embracing some hybrid RFID / anti-used game mechanism. Some of them rumor a cheaper buy-in for other consoles, similar to Mass Effect 2 and it's Cerebus network code BS.
Better rumor consolidation @ NeoGaf thread about article.
I can say that I will not be a day 1 console buyer, if even within year one. Between monetizing online multiplayer, that is hosted off your home internet connection; a horrific hardware failure rate; matchmaking servers being shut down over 1 - 2 years and some of the most anti-consumer ToS I have ever seen... I shall let others test those waters out.
As for the Wii U, I have also not picked one up. That launch was a pretty bad, considering the hard lock and software issues that thing launched with, and some people still suffer with.
PC Wise, if Steam ever gets the crack-smoking notion to monetize matchmaking like Xbox, I'll kick that platform to the curb as well. I refuse to let ANY company trample my rights to content ownership and subnetting me into a monthly fee to play (the few) online games I play anymore.
You are welcome to share any feedback or worries about the upcoming console gen. I've traditionally been a late adopter to consoles, short of handhelds. This next gen will be deliberately more cautious, and likely longer a wait than prior gens.
Edited by Pic0o, 14 February 2013 - 04:49 PM.