Xbox 720 rumors are gathering serious momentum as the year progresses, despite a release date for the console not being expected until at least the fall. Today’s example refers to the connectivity of the fabled next-generation Xbox, suggesting that the console will require a permanent always-on internet connection in order to work.
According to reports posted at Edge this week, this could result in serious problems in the second-hand games retail market.
“Sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console have told us that although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form,” according to Edge sources.
“Next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, Microsoft having conceded defeat to Sony following its ill-fated backing of the HD-DVD format. It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user.”
The same sources also discussed some of the core specs and features to expect with the Xbox 720, which include an eight-core AMD processor, 8GB of RAM and D3D11.x 800MHz graphics. An announcement of the Xbox 360 is expected to be made at E3 this summer, with a release date to follow around October.
In other gaming news, Grand Theft Auto 5’s release date delay has been made official by Rockstar Games – the biggest installment of the epic to date will now not be landing until September. Rockstar emailed a press release this week confirming the deepest darkest fears of millions of GTA fans the world over.
“Dear all. Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013 (US EST),”the press release read.
“We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.
“To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.”