New Xbox 720 rumours: exactly the same as all the other next-gen Xbox tosh

You'd think that after last month's fake Xbox 720 rumour, we'd have learned our lesson.

Nope — there's a bunch of new rumours about Microsoft's next-gen game console making the rounds, as well as some old, familiar ones. Like the persistent one about the so-called Xbox 720 sporting software causing it to reject used games.

That's a rumour that first cropped up more than a year ago, but when the Edge reported the used-game-rejection tidbit again this week, video game retailer GameSpot's stock took a fairly big hit.

The Edge, as it did last week with a bunch of anonymously sourced info about Sony's next-gen PlayStation, kicked off this latest round of Xbox speculation with a story citing unnamed "sources with firsthand experience of Microsoft's next-generation console."

None of this has any official backing from the Redmond-based firm, of course, but here's the gist of what the tech site reported:

  • The next Xbox will require an Internet connection to function and 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.
  • "Despite what sounds like a push towards a streaming model, physical copies of game — "50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs," to be precise — will still be a big part of the platform.
  • But the game discs will "ship with activation codes" that make it impossible to resell them, or it sounds like, even lend them out.

The Edge's unnamed sources also "confirmed" some rumoured hardware specs that have been kicking around.

To wit, the next-gen console purportedly sports an "AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM." If so, that contradicts other rumours out there that Durango, as the next-gen console is reportedly code named up in Redmond, features AMD graphics paired with a Power-based multi-core processor for central processing from IBM in a hybrid chip package like the one that powers Nintendo's recently released Wii U.

The successor to the Xbox 360 will also have the largest hard drive ever built into a console made by Microsoft, according to the Edge. For some reason, that's due to Microsoft's "extended commitment to online delivery," though that seems counter-intuitive. One thinks of Google's cloud-based Chromebooks, for example, which are laptops with less on-board storage than the norm, not more.

The Edge article also compares the different ways Microsoft and Sony are reportedly bringing their developer ecosystems to their respective next-gen platforms.

"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," the site reported.

Again, all of this is unverified but interesting nonetheless.

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