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Xbox 720 To Block Used Games - Eidos Head

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The next-gen Xbox 720 will block used games using watermarks on discs, according to Eidos president Ian Livingstone.

Published on Feb 26, 2013

The next-gen Xbox 720 will block used games using watermarks on discs, according to Eidos president Ian Livingstone.

Livingstone was in India promoting Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot (which we reviewed here) when he told MCV India Xbox 720 will block used games.

He said: “With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another.”

Livingstone was talking about PS4 and Xbox 720 using optical media instead of going fully digital and how the system would be used to compromise between digital and disc.

He said: “Boxed games aren’t being abandoned just yet. I think the next iteration of consoles – the PS4 and the next Xbox, have got optical disc drives even though they probably don’t want to have them. 

“Broadband speed globally isn’t at a level that justifies digital-only.

“So they’ve gone halfway. With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another. So I think the generation after that will be digital-only.”

He also said PS4 and Xbox 720 will be the last consoles in their traditional form, with future devices being packed into TVs and set-top boxes.

What do you make of the comments? Would you buy Xbox 720 if it blocked used games?

 

 

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