Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox will require an always on internet connection and blocks second hand games, according to a report.

Edge reports that “sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console say that it will require an online connection, physical discs will continue to ship to retail.

Next-gen Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB Blu-ray discs, which ships with one-time use activation codes, and “will have no value beyond the initial user”, essentially blocking the second hand (pre-owned) games.

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The source also confirmed that the recently rumored next-gen Xbox (Xbox 720) specifications are accurate:

  • AMD eight-core x64, 1.6GHz CPU
  • D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM

Xbox 720 will ship with the largest storage hard drive capacity inside a console to date and A new version of Kinect, a more reliably responsive motion-control hardware.

The source adds that Sony’s PlayStation 4 “is preferable when it comes to leveraging power. Studios working with the next-gen Xbox are currently being forced to work with only approved development libraries, while Sony is encouraging coders to get closer to the metal of its box.”

Both PlayStation and Xbox next-gen consoles are said to launch in time for Christmas 2013. Sony will unveil its next-gen PlayStation at an event on February 20.

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