Friday, February 8, 2013

Microsoft Wants to Play Too

With Sony teasing about a big announcement at the end of the month and Nintendo having their own press conferences. Microsoft seems to have felt a little left out in the video game playground. Yet not to be outdone, new information has leaked from Edge about Microsoft's new console. So far the information on the new hardware is good, bad, and possibly annoying.

The new Xbox will receive a nice bump in hardware specs, sporting an AMD 8-core x64 1.6 GHz processor and 8 Gb of ram, and a Blu-Ray drive to finally accept defeat over the historically useless HD-DVD format. Translated from tech-speak, it means that the new console will be really powerful and as new games are published for it, there will be a very noticeable difference in graphics. Now the bad news: The console will require a constant internet connection and new games are supposedly going to come with an activation key to  link the game to a single account. While I can see the purpose of an always-on internet connection, as a way to tie customers to the Xbox Live Marketplace, the supposed activation keys will not only attempt to stop piracy, but also kill any second-hand market that exists. Even though this information comes from "First-hand experience" with the new console, all of this is still rumors and speculation until Microsoft decides to lift the curtain and show us all the bells and whistles of their new hardware.
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