This is officially either the stupidest or most terrifying rumor so far, depending on whether or not it pans out to be true. Sources close to Kotaku have whispered that the next Xbox console will use blue-ray discs… and reject used games.
Let’s back up for a moment. The “source” claims that the console will be able to detect, perhaps via a pass of some sort, if the game you’re trying to play is used. If it’s used, you’re S.O.L. In addition to this bit of craziness, rumors claim the Kinect 2 will be insanely powerful and possibly see a release alongside the new console.
Publishers hate used game sales: they lose money. So it’s not small wonder that someone may finally be taking the giant, crappy leap to ensure that those without fat pockets will have to eat ramen noodles for a month in order to buy their latest title. In an email to Kotaku, Microsoft stated: “As an innovator we’re always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. Beyond that we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”
So “pushing the boundaries of technology” means you can’t bring that awesome game you bought over to your friend’s house to play? Bummer. I’m going to chalk this one up to someone just trying to get a rise out of us and running their mouth off.