Xbox 720/Durango leak says "always connected" and must install games to HDD

I know there have been rumours of the always online already, but now there is some leaked documentation to support the claim as well as games needing to be installed to the HDD.

Last month we heard rumors of an anti-used game system for Microsoft's next-generation 'Durango' Xbox console, but an additional leak this week appears to reinforce those claims. Vgleaks, previously responsible for revealing accurate specifications for Durango, has provided screenshots of an Xbox Development Kit (XDK) for Microsoft's next-generation console. We've seen screenshots leak before, but these appear to confirm a number of previous rumors.


As part of a Durango hardware overview, the leaked documentation states that every next-gen console will include a hard drive with enough capacity to "hold a large number of games." All games are said to be installable to the drive, and "play from the optical drive will not be supported." Kotaku previously suggested Durango game installations will be mandatory, and The Verge has seen information that confirms this is accurate. At present, Xbox 360 games can be installed to HDD, but they require the disc to run. Durango titles cannot directly access data on discs once they're installed, suggesting that the next-gen console may not require the disc to play games post-installation.


An installable game requirement backs up claims that Microsoft is developing an anti-used games system that requires activation codes for 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs. The latest information leak includes references to an "always on, always connected" console. Previous rumors have suggested that an activation system will prevent games from being sold, coupled with an online requirement for games to be activated. We understand that the information shared by Vgleaks is genuine, but it's also dated from last year. The real question isn't whether Microsoft has considered an anti-used games system, but if the leaks we're seeing are old enough for the company to have dropped the implementation in the mean time.

Other information in the XDK leak includes mentions of a new high-fidelity Kinect sensor without a tilt motor to be sold with every console. At a recent TechForum event, Microsoft demonstrated next-generation Kinect sensors without tilt motors, suggesting that the new unit will be a lot smaller and compact. Microsoft is expected to unveil the full details of its next-generation Xbox at E3 this year, with a release in time for the holidays.

Sources:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/20/4126632/next-xbox-always-connected-game-install-required-rumor
http://www.vgleaks.com/durango-xdk/ 

 

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Oh dear, its all shaping up to be a complete shambles. Although my decision on purchase is entirely based on pay for play multiplayer, If you have to pay I'm not buying.

I actually cannot wait for the announcement of this console. If true this is going to be the biggest case of a misjudged  audience like, evar!

 

Here's the exact image from the documentation:

[View:http://www.vgleaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/xdk5.jpg]
 

Third paragraph states:
 

The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that software and games are always current.  With this "Always On, Always Connected" design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates.
 

That seems badly worded to me and a bit ambiguous.  Does it imply internet connection is required?

If these 'always on internet' stories are true then they can count me out straight away, obviously we will only know for sure when we get official word.


To be honest I've lost interest in these next gen consoles, not saying they won't be brilliant but thankfully my gaming mojo has returned recently and I'm back to enjoying todays machines and there's enough games out, coming out to keep me going for ages yet.

I suppose It could still be optional with that wording, I don't even like the idea that it could be always on, regardless of it needing to be always connected.

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If these 'always on internet' stories are true then they can count me out straight away, obviously we will only know for sure when we get official word.


To be honest I've lost interest in these next gen consoles, not saying they won't be brilliant but thankfully my gaming mojo has returned recently and I'm back to enjoying todays machines and there's enough games out, coming out to keep me going for ages yet.

[/quote]I agree with you. I'll probably try and stick with this console as long as I can, playing all the games I missed due to work etc. By the time i've caught up the choice of next gen might be a little less convoluted as there'll be hands on experience from a user base to help with the decision.

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I suppose It could still be optional with that wording, I don't even like the idea that it could be always on, regardless of it needing to be always connected.

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I think it might just mean that when your console is off, it is still connected to the internet and will update or something.  Didn't Sony say something similar for the PS4? Would be better if they clarified this abit better.

Interesting that it says Kinect is required for the system to operate, I wonder why.

Also having to install games to the HDD might be abit annoying.  Sure the HDD might be massive but it would be annoying for people who own lots of games when the HDD fills up.

What I mean is the console has the ability to be always on always connected. Its obviously showing this as a plus point however it could be completely user modifiable.

 

Kinect as a hybrid unit could be implemented quite well into core games and the like. It'll probably be used for voice search etc.

 

Installing games Doesn't bother me. As long as they don't force you to choose an MS product for expansion. But we know they will, Right?

^ Yeh,  I expect you'll be able to change it in the option and stuff.

I just don't understand how they can get so far into development of this without once conversing with their customers. They have a huge advantage these days in that pretty much all consumers are contactable through one medium or another, even through a voting system on the dashboard. A "Look, here's some ideas we have, vote yes/no, love/hate etc"  To waste an opportunity to ask, seems a big mistake in my view

Getting bored of these rumours.

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