VGLeaks recently posted some screenshots of the XDK devs received:
The only interesting thing in it other than the specs (which we already know) is this:
You'll have to squint a bit to read it but what we can take away from this document is the following:
- "Always online" system. What this actually means we don't know yet.
- Low power mode similar to PS4. Game states stored in memory for quick resume of play
- Kinect comes with ever console and is improved in just about every way
- The system will not function without Kinect plugged in (lol)
- Improved controller ergonomics and latency (same as PS4 - probably using same wireless tech)
- Blu-Ray drive, but games must be installed to HDD.
Games won't be played from the Blu-Ray drive (lol again)
- Big HDD for storing all these games
- Can start playing a game while it's installing (same as PS4)
When you start to put two and two together here, it becomes evident that the rumors of used games being blocked is more and more likely. There are two possible scenarios here:
1. Installed games must still have the disk in the console in order to play, like on the 360. Used games would be supported in this case.
2. The game must be activated after installation, rendering the disk completely useless afterwards and effectively blocking used games. This activation would also require an internet connection, so regions with no or very poor internet are screwed.
I'm going to give MS the benefit of the doubt and for their sake hope they're going with #1. Because they're dead in the water if the company is now run by people who are so anti-consumer that they'd block used games entirely. Then again making everyone pay for Kinect at the cost of weaker hardware is also pretty daft so who knows what's going to happen.