The next-gen Xbox will require an internet connection to operate and product keys will end second-hand gaming.
According to Edge sources, the next-gen Xbox will be unable to function without an internet connection, with an updated Xbox Live becoming central to the console's operation.
Although the latest Xbox will be more digital-centric, hard copies of games will still be made available in the form of 50GB-capacity Blu Ray discs - Microsoft finally conceding to Sony after backing the HD-DVD format on the 360.
The crux however, is that games purchased in disc-form will be shipped with consumer activation codes; rendering games unplayable past the initial user.
Edge sources also confirmed the technical specifications of Microsoft's forthcoming console:
- AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHZ CPU
- D3D11.x 800MHZ graphics solution
- 8GB of DDR3 RAM
At the time of writing the hard drive capacity remains to be confirmed.
A new and improved Kinnect will be shipped alongside the new Xbox, highlighting Microsoft's commitment to improved motion technology.
Source: Edge Online