A few articles and we all assume that we are going to hear any day now about the new Xbox. So for just now we will just keep you posted regarding the gossip instead of writing it blindly.
Microsoft could be set to unveil a special partnership at event thought to be for next-gen console.
Following on from Sony’s recent PlayStation 4 unveiling, Microsoft seems to be gearing up to host its next-gen Xbox event in April, (here on Xbox players we believe this event will be at GDC in San Francisco on March 29th), with rumors surfacing that a special deal with EA could be highlighted. Earlier this week, a Microsoft events partner was found to have registered the domain name for XboxEvent.com, lending credence to rumours that the company is preparing a counter-offensive to Sony by showing off its own next-gen console.
In addition to this, anonymous sources have told CVG that EA has secured a partnership with Microsoft and could be set to unveil a roster of console-exclusive goodies, much like Activision did with its PS4-varient of Bungie’s highly-anticipated Destiny.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, transcribed by Seeking Alpha, EA’s CTO, Rajat Taneja, said the company is ready for the challenges of next-gen consoles.
“At EA, we have never been as prepared or more ready for the start of a new console cycle,” he explained.
“The console technology itself is a gigantic leap for our industry. Any which way you look at the specifications, it is a step function over what exists today.”
Same headline, different source. This is now 2 and 0 in regards to inside sources claiming that the Xbox 720 will block used games and will sport always-on DRM. The latest postulator is Eidos president Ian Livingstone, who claims that Microsoft’s next generation home console will be about as anti-consumer as anti-consumer gets.
In other Roumered news The Pre Owned Block is a possability that this could in fact be applied to the 720 a further article by both MCV India and Gamespot reveales:
“Gamespot picked up the story from MCV India, where Livingstone stated…
“Broadband speed globally isn’t at a level that justifies digital-only.” …“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,”
Originally, Edge published an article detailing the same features that Ian points out to MCV. This is not looking too good for Microsoft if this turns out to be true, because they would literally be handing the next-gen console war to Sony on a Platinum Trophy platter.
Some gamers have pointed out, however, that this is potentially all a well planned, well played marketing ploy. The conspiracy talk around the block is that Microsoft is using this opportunity to at least keep people talking about the Xbox 720. Like Oscar Wilde says, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, or as the old saying goes, any press is good press.
I wouldn’t doubt that Microsoft is letting the rumor mill fill to the brim just to keep their console in the news. Come E3 (or their rumored event in April) they’ll floor everyone by proving the rumors false and presenting the Xbox 720 as a system that does not support always-on DRM or a block on pre-owned games.
Still, it’s hard to tell at this point if this rumor could be true, and it really could go either way.”
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