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New Xbox May Not Allow Used Games

February 7, 2013

By Cynthia Herbert :: 10:51 AM

Microsoft possibly limiting used game use.The next version of Microsoft’s long-awaited Xbox console may come with a twist for many who are looking forward to the next iteration of game play – no used games.

Many outlets are reporting this morning that the new Xbox will require users to establish and maintain an internet connection at all times when using the console. New games will ship with activation codes, and once games are purchased and activated  it is note likely that they could then be used on another console. This will severely limit the game resale and trade market.

Obviously Microsoft’s reason for tying all games to an activation key and Internet connection is to attempt to curb piracy. However, in a culture where trading games with friends and exchanging games at reseller stores is common, such a requirement is bound to generate much consternation with gamers.

It is important to note that at this time, this information has not been confirmed by Microsoft. We are not likely to have any hard information until closer to this summer, when Microsoft is expected to release details on the new console. Sales will likely begin sometime in the fall.

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