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As Sony and Microsoft both start showing signs that their next generation of consoles will be revealed soon, we're getting in to the heavy-duty rumor-mongering season. The latest credible rumor comes from a well-informed-sounding source going by the handle SuperDaE (by way of Kotaku). You may remember him as the one who tried to sell an apparently genuine, codenamed "Durango" development kit on eBay before being shut down by Microsoft. He has new information he claims is from white papers intended to prepare developers to work on the new system.

According to Kotaku's report, the next Xbox will integrate a new version of the Kinect not as an optional motion-control accessory but as a required peripheral included with every system that "must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function." That would seem to raise some obvious privacy concerns, and it strikes us as an unnecessary power and processing drain for games that don't use the depth-sensing camera. On the other hand, packaging a new Kinect with every system would let designers create motion and voice controls for their games without worrying about fragmenting the market (though it still seems odd it would have to be plugged in at all times)....


Kotaku's report also suggests that the next Xbox will be the first console to require mandatory software installation to a 500GB hard drive, a rumor that fits with reports that discs sold for the system will be one-time use affairs. Don't worry about sitting through a long installation process, though. Games will reportedly be split into discrete sections so the installation can take place as the game is being played off the disc.

Report: Next Xbox to require Kinect connection, game installs


Maybe those rumors of Kinect data mining will turn out to be real, no more playing movies with more that x amount of people in the room, etc.
Edited by Zen00 - 2/12/13 at 10:34am
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I miss the days when consoles were just simply gaming devices....
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Report: Next Xbox to require Kinect connection, game installs


Maybe those rumors of Kinect data mining will turn out to be real, no more playing movies with more that x amount of people in the room, etc.

Was my first thought too. I can assure you, if this is the case, I will NEVER have one in my house.

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It just keeps getting worse....
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I miss the days when consoles were just simply gaming devices....

Don't worry, there's plenty of Next-Gen consoles that are purely gaming.
Wii U, Ouya, and Oton to name a few. thumb.gif
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Some of these rumors are pretty absurd. I could handle the game being locked to my gamertag, but requiring a kinect to be connected or it doesn't function or always having to be connected to the internet will be a deal breaker for of probably 25% of their customers and anyone who might have been on the fence about buying one in the first place.
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Since when is Kotaku a reliable source? rolleyes.gif
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Since when is Kotaku a reliable source? rolleyes.gif

Technically the source is SuperDaE.
    
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Well, this isn't the first time this rumor has surfaced. There was much outrage on OCN after Microsoft got a patent for "Content distribution regulation by viewing user" (A content presentation system and method allowing content providers to regulate the presentation of content on a per-user-view basis. Content is distributed an associated license option on the number of individual consumers or viewers allowed to consume the content. Consumers are presented with a content selection and a choice of licenses allowing consumption of the content. The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.)

So it is beginning to look like this might actually come to pass and that I will never own an XBox again.
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Just sent Microsoft a friendly email asking if they could shed some light on some of these troubling rumors regarding the next Xbox. I'll post here if they respond with anything, but don't hold your breathe. Not expecting much if anything.
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