Next-Gen Xbox Developer Kit Leak Suggests “Always Online”
Well this is interesting news. Screenshots allegedly taken from a Durango (codename for the NextBox) software development kit appear to reinforce the claims and rumours that Microsoft’s console will require an always online internet connection and possible block second hand games as well, although I’m doubtful of the latter.
The images of the reported Microsoft XDK documentation were posted on VGLeaks, and you can check them all out there. VGLeaks has been one of the more reliable sources of next-gen information recently, so I wouldn’t brush this off.
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The documents suggest that current Durango development hardware features an “always on, always connected design” that will let players “quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates”.
Furthermore, the XDK also seems to suggest that all games for the next Xbox will require an installation, although you’ll be able to start playing during this process.
The “hardware overview” documentation reads: “Every Durango console will have a hard drive, although its exact capacity has not been chosen. It will be large enough, however, to hold a large number of games. All games will be installed on the hard drive. Play from the optical disc will not be supported.
“Durango consoles will have a Blu-ray disc drive. Disc media will be used for distribution, but during gameplay, games will not use content from the optical disc. An installation system is being designed that will allow gamers to begin playing while the game is being installed on the hard drive rather than waiting until installation is complete.”
The VGLeaks documents also say that every Durango console will be sold with “a new high-fidelity Kinect sensor, which will be required for the system to operate,” and this is something that has been rumoured about before.
It continues: “The Durango controller will make the best-in-class Xbox 360 controller even better. It will have low-latency wireless connectivity to the console, and improved ergonomics. System interactions that use the controller will be simplified to make them easier for noncore gamers.”
There is tons of speculation surroudning when Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox, with suggestions being made that it will be unveiled at a special event in late April.
The next Xbox is said to feature an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Be cautious about all of this information, and don’t immediately accept or reject it.