There will be no offline mode with Microsoft’s next generation Durango Xbox according to a new report that’s surfaced from Edge, which as a side effect could make it so that second hand games simply don’t work on the platform.
As usual this is all speculation and rumour so take it with a pinch of salt. I’ll be having mine with a fistful however, as I really don’t want second hand games blocked on next-gen machines, it would be a horrible way for Microsoft and Sony to try and claw extra money from consumers.
Since we’re pretty certain that the Xbox 720 will come with an optical drive, it’s not surprising that Edge also reports that Durango games will also be sold in stores on 50GB blu ray discs, finally catching up to Sony after Microsoft backed the short lived HD-DVD format. The suggestion is that these store bought games will come with an activation code, similar to the ones that used to be found on the back of every PC game manual.
It’s also being reported that the operating system for the next-gen Xbox is a bit feature heavy, suggesting that it will occupy more of the internal hardware’s time than the current Xbox 360′s does. However with reports that the next-gen machines from both Microsoft and Sony will support multi-threading and will ship with many cores, this may not be too much of a problem.
KitGuru Says: One interesting side effect of not allowing second hand games to work on the platform, would be that brand new in box games could be worth a lot more to collectors in the future, since second hand copies will effectively be useless.