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Kotaku says next Xbox will play blu-ray; won’t play used discs

Honestly? This is getting a bit ridiculous.

Not one to be topped by IGN’s next-Xbox rumours, Kotaku has come out swinging, citing sources who say the nicknamed ‘Xbox 720’ will play Blu-ray discs…but not used retail discs.

Says Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, “I’ve heard from one reliable industry source that Microsoft intends to incorporate some sort of anti-used game system as part of their so-called Xbox 720.” Totilo also says that his sources put the next Xbox at 8 times more powerful than the Xbox 360, as opposed to IGN’s claims of only 6 times the power.

Totilo’s sources also expect to see the debut of Microsoft’s sometime in 2014.

Personally, I think 2014 seems about right for a new Xbox, especially considering the success Microsoft is currently enjoying with the Kinect sensor. As far as the claim that Microsoft’s newest console won’t play used discs? Rubbish. Microsoft would be shooting itself in the foot with that kind of functionality; unless it’s industry-wide, and I doubt Sony and Nintendo would go along with it, that won’t happen.

What do you think about this latest round of rumours?

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