Submitted by HundredProofSam 817d ago | rumor

Ian Livingstone hints at always-on, used game-blocking Xbox

The next-generation of consoles have gone halfway towards a disc-less, digital-only approach, says Eidos life president Ian Livingstone, hinting that the next Xbox will require internet connectivity and will feature watermarked discs that block used games. (Ian Livingstone, Microsoft, Xbox One)

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PFFT  +   817d ago
Nice another stupid rumor!
8GB_of_GDDR5   817d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(1)
classic200  +   817d ago
There have been many mistakes in gaming from nintendo sticking with cartridge for N64, to apple making the pippin a system that focus more on online with little games to sony pricing PS3 $600 but if this is real then it could become the greatest mistake ever in gaming.

This would be on par with the virtual boy existence lol
user3915800  +   817d ago
They are money hungry for sure, but I also know MS are not dumb. MS already confirm they dont have used games capabilities.

About the only thing that its on are the active trolls here on n4g.
NewMonday  +   817d ago
MS will have to give answers in the April event, staying silent after that will rise some serious questions.
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TheGamerDood  +   817d ago

How is this a rumor? This the head of gaming company talking about what to expect on MS next system. If anyone knows about this issue it's the developers. This is going to happen and the sooner people except it the better they'll be when it comes time to pick their next-gen console.
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g2gshow  +   816d ago
ms will do whatever an say whatever they are not a game company gamers are just children or irresponsible adults in witch they can sell anything to so when you lack a respect for you'r consumer you do whatever you want they know as long as they give you a pat on the head (achievements) an give you a halo an you get to play call of duty you'll stop crying eventually they know the little kids are their bread an butter so who care what you think just another sheep to be sheared

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amiga-man  +   817d ago
This is being mentioned by someone who is in a position to know about these things this really does seem more than just a rumour and if/when it's confirmed xbox users will only have themselves to blame for allowing microsft to force them to pay for internet access, got to say if it is true surely xbox owners are not stupid enough to put up with more crap from microsft, mind you judging them this gen I wouldn't put it past them.
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Bigpappy  +   817d ago
Funny thing is, the whole block game thing was originally rumor to be Sony's plan. No Sony boys are asking M$ to come clean. LOL.

Some are actually talking about it as if it were already implemented, and then talk about Xbox owners as being stupid, but not stupid enough. Some of the people here really take this loyalty thing way too far. You have to try and remember that we are really all gamers. Most Xbox gamers came fro Play Station.
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amiga-man  +   817d ago
I'm sorry bigpappy but paying microsft money to use YOUR internet is pretty stupid.
SilentNegotiator  +   816d ago
"Funny thing is, the whole block game thing was originally rumor to be Sony's plan. No Sony boys are asking M$ to come clean"

YAWN. Trying too hard to find some irony from "TEH SONY FANBOYS" as usual, eh, Pappy? Describing people that aren't even in the comment section or people like "8GB_GDDR5". **EVERYONE** was and is pissing on the idea of used blocking and always on DRM, including "sony boys".

PS4 used/DRM = debunked
Xbox 3 used/DRM = suggested by developer

See the difference? That's why the possibility is being talked about with the next Xbox and not the PS4. Crazy stuff, right?
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crzyjackbauer  +   816d ago
its called paying for a service
its something a lot of people do
instead of being conformist with the horrible (free) online gaming that PSN has to offer
and its something PS4 is playing Catch-up
don't expect online for ps4 completely free
Gimmemorebubblez  +   817d ago
Rumors........................ .one I hope is not true
Godmars290  +   817d ago
I simply cannot believe that MS would go through with always on or block used games. One is literally suicidal given the current number of Xboxs off line, while the other is almost as equally stupid given that - well actually besides PC gaming, and likely tablets - no one else is doing it.
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edonus  +   816d ago
I dont know if they would do it.... and I actually dont think they would, at least the way its being described.

But there is a strong business model that could be applied to make it a successful venture. I know you are MS hater and cant think creatively on the subject but as far as used games go something as simple as securing exclusivity from devs thus bringing more games to the MS console because their product is protected would benefit the console. Imagine AC, and Deadspace and Bioshock all becoming exclusive to the nextbow because they would make more money as devs do to the cutting out the recycling of their games.

Or even games would be cheaper and drop in price faster. Or more free DLC. Like I said there are models were this could work. Remember MS is about adding value as opposed to giving away more.
2v1  +   816d ago
then if ur a Ms lover most be a really happy day for you
DigitalSmoke   817d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(1)
ziggurcat  +   817d ago
until MS says otherwise, this is nothing more than useless trolling.
contradictory  +   817d ago
i agree and you are still getting disagrees..
i'm not even a big fan of MS and i know that's bullshit
SatanSki  +   817d ago
I noticed this place is swarming with sony fanboys.
SilentNegotiator  +   816d ago
Playstation haters always call developer/publisher statements "trolling" when it's something Xbox-negative and then attack Playstation fans for disagreeing with developer/publisher statements.
sway_z  +   817d ago
Always on is a turn off...

It seems too much of a bold move for MS....I'll believe it when it's official and not before.

Especially given Sony have officially confirmed the PS4 will play used games and not require internet connectivity to function.

This is the 2nd (seemingly reliable) source of information regarding this issue...Edge and now Sir Ian Livingstone...would he lie? ...really?

I'll be getting only one console next gen (PS4)..this is still not good news for gamers and Xbox fans in general.
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yesmynameissumo  +   817d ago
Yikes. If that's the case, I won't be getting one.
Lucreto  +   817d ago
There is no way to tell where technology will go.

7 years ago when the PS3 was being launched phones were getting smaller and smaller and were predicted to keep doing that.

Now we have huge screened phones with oled tech in them. Also 7 years ago HDTV was getting off its feet. Now they have 3D displays and are connected to the internet.

4 years ago they said the PS4 will be digital only.
-GametimeUK-  +   817d ago
Always wait for the official word. ALWAYS!
contradictory  +   817d ago
you tell them Mr. Tonberry
dlpg585  +   817d ago
don't bother giving the internet reason, it simply throws it into a fire to fuel misconceptions.
SilentNegotiator  +   816d ago
Which is why he has 20 agrees and 0 disagrees, right?

If N4G/the internet is so horrible, then get off of it.
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dlpg585  +   816d ago
what is the purpose of his comment? is it to inform or is it to dissuade others from making the irrational comments? i think it was the latter,in which case i believe it's futile because those people will always be there and always jump to those conclusions. i'm willing to deal/ignore those comments and have a good time.

get off your high chair.
USMC_POLICE  +   817d ago
If they block used games I see a lot of people jumping back to playstation
urwifeminder  +   817d ago
Day one regardless.
CatXFlash  +   817d ago
Take it B$#@!!.. SPREAD EM!!
urwifeminder  +   817d ago
Really mature of you kind sir.
XXXL  +   817d ago
If these rumors turn out to be true what in gods name is ms thinking? This system will blow
maniacmayhem  +   817d ago
Don't really care about the always online part, but the blocking of used games will be a definite deal breaker if true.
Gamer-Z  +   817d ago
Actually the always online part i do care about because if your internet is down or you have no internet access point because you already pay for it on a tablet or some other smart devise then you will be unable to even start up your xbox.
nikrel  +   817d ago
I have no problem with DD, as long as the games are 19.99 and under. I will not be buying 60.00+ DD games, I do not do it on the PC and I will not do it for the next gen consoles.

They have to realize that the reason steam does so well is because of the sales.
koston3647  +   817d ago
sucks to suck. imo
sway_z  +   817d ago
I just looked Sir Ian Livingstone up on Wiki. He is a well respected industry veteran and received recognition for his services to the industry a few years back. I'm inclined to believe MS could actually do what Edge magazine (UK) have reported.

Microsoft never really cared about the core gamer...this is what you get for supporting a paid to play on-line system (Xbox Live) and you have encouraged an already greedy organization to become even more greedy.

MS know they can charge for anything just by justifying it as 'Better' in expensive TV commercials.

Suddenly Sony, Nintendo and Steambox are looking like the key players...
gpturbo81  +   817d ago
dont forget that ms are the greediest cocksuckers on the planet. if this happened would it really suprise you..
ceedubya9  +   817d ago
Yes. It would surprise me. If they wanted to continue to build the momentum that they built with this current generation, and truly wanted to continue to be a competitive option in the future, then they wouldn't do such things. If they are as greedy as some of you seem to like saying, then why would they do something that would most surely result in a loss of fans and money? Casuals won't be the first to buy the new, expensive console. it will be the core gamers. For core gamers, something like blocking used games could be just enough to push those stuck in the middle more so towards Sony's side.

Best to hope that these are all just romors, because they'd be hurting themselves if they truly took this route.
Nathaniel_Drake  +   816d ago
I don't know, nowadays the Xbox division are being run by people who really aren't experienced in gaming but more inclined to do what investors harp for. I have a feeling this is more investor influenced than gaming.

It makes sense seeing MS decisions the past couple of years. It's a trend and something not out of the blue so I'm more inclined to believe they might implement this.
Dark5tar1  +   817d ago
If this is true, which it probably isn't, I won't be getting the Durango. Shame considering I like the 360 and Xbox.
BitbyDeath  +   817d ago
Don't know about the blocking used games part but the always online bit makes sense if they're requiring all games installed to the hdd as you'd need an always online connection to get around piracy.
Brucis  +   817d ago
I wouldn't be too surprised but on the other hand Edge magazine likes to stir shit up and twist things for publicity (anybody remember Dark Souls II?).
contradictory  +   817d ago
MS isn't that stupid.
Rumplebumpkin  +   817d ago
Let's be realistic here.

If Sony aren't doing this then Microsoft definitely won't. An idea like this would drive away all of their potential customers, i don't think that Microsoft want to fail and allow Sony to regain the market share that they had during the PS2 days.
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ceedubya9  +   817d ago
This is what I'm thinking as well. The last thing they'd want to do is give a big competitive advantage to Sony, especially that early. Would almost surely mean the end of Xbox. They can't really be that out of touch, can they?
GribbleGrunger  +   817d ago
Microsoft will not do this. It would be the most foolish move they could make and they know that.
StrongMan  +   817d ago
There have been a lot of people hinting towards this. Makes you wonder. If the console requires an internet connection always to be on then MS can try to charge everyone to even turn on the Xbox.
Jek_Porkins  +   817d ago
Why not just put up a title that says Microsoft hands Sony the next generation, doesn't mind giving up half their current user base!

Honestly Microsoft makes money on used games because most people buy Xbox Live Gold, they never even implemented Online Passes for first party games this generation. I highly doubt they will want people to go into a Gamestop and see only Sony and Nintendo items for sale, heck I doubt Gamestop would even sell their next console if it blocked used games.

The always online thing is something I have less issues with, my Xbox always boots up online anyway, but again I have to call BS because 46 out of 76 million are online, doubt Microsoft is conceding those other 30 million owners.

One good thing I took from Sony's presser was that they said used games are allowed and the PS4 isn't always online, those are two things that Microsoft could change if they were thinking otherwise, they might have just been waiting to see Sony's stance.
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Martywren  +   817d ago
I cant wait until MS event
CatXFlash  +   817d ago
Usher will be amazing.
Bumpmapping  +   817d ago
If true bye bye Xbox but I don't think they will even wanted to go with blocking used games.The always online I can see them doing this considering they charge for there Live service and increased the price.
PockyKing  +   817d ago
Not going to happen, Sony said it themselves, it's up to the publishers if they want to block used games. Obviously if they aren't doing it on one system, they won't do it on the other.
WhatchaTalkinBout  +   817d ago
for the sake gamers and gaming all over the world i dare say this will hurt them rather than help them, most people dont drive a fancy car , a two store house.. people buy those used games cause thats what they can afford... this one i hope is not true.. at least nintendo and sony where smart about this, microsoft you should be to or has greed changed you .? most likely....im sure we will see very soon if its fact or fiction!!
HappyTrigger  +   817d ago
Man people weren't kidding when they said the "GDDR5" has gotten to people. It really has... LOL!
Jamaicangmr  +   816d ago
Huh? What does that have to do with anything what are you tal....... Huh?
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