Xbox 720 to get new Xbox Live and Kinect functionality
Microsoft's upcoming console codenamed Durango, but known as the Xbox 720 to most, will require a constant internet connection and block second hand games from being used. See also: Microsoft launches Xbox One - as it happened, details.
According to sources speaking to Edge, the new Xbox 720 console will need an internet connection to function. Microsoft will be committed to online functionality with a new version of Xbox Live but physical games will come with an activation code rendering them useless to a second user. See also: Microsoft to make 7in Xbox Surface gaming tablet
These physical Xbox games will apparently be manufactured on 50GB Blu-ray discs meaning the console should be able to play Blu-ray films.
Along with all this news, the site said that a new 'more reliably responsive' version of the Kinect motion sensor will ship with the Xbox 720. According to The Verge, the new Kinect will feature Siri-like voice recognition.
Improved functionality in this area will supposedly include wake on voice, natural language controls, and speech-to-text. "We understand that Microsoft is also investigating scenarios where a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using voice." said The Verge.
The Edge's source also confirmed rumoured specifications for the Xbox 720 are accurate. It will an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics card and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Microsoft is expected to show off the Xbox 720 at this year's E3 convention but might announce the console beforehand in March. The Playstation 4 is likely to be announced at Sony's Playstation meeting on 20 February in New York.