Report: Xbox 720 not always online, doesn't block used games, supports backwards compat
Posted: 11.04.2013 19:39 by Comments: 8
Some new information has been leaked by VGLeaks that states that not only are the rumors about the next-generation Microsoft console false, but the system will support backwards compatibility, albeit in a roundabout way.

According to the site, backwards compatibility will be achieved via a add-on device. The device will be similar to the HD-DVD add-on device sold for the Xbox 360 to play HD-DVD discs.

Regarding "always online", the next-gen console (codenamed "Durango") will be always online. However, it will not require an online connection to play games, nor will it block used games.

Source: Examiner
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By Gale47 (SI Core) on Apr 11, 2013
Sounds like they threw out the false information (no backwards compatibility, no DVD-R...) to see what will their potential users say about that. And now are trying to "repair" the situation.
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Apr 11, 2013
An add-on device? Might as well just keep a hold of my 360, but still, it's better than Sony's efforts. These are the kind of rumours I like to hear.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Apr 11, 2013
Jasca: It's a space issue, really.
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Apr 11, 2013
Jonah: Well so long as they don't try and sell the add-on at a premium I can dig it. Personally, I'd prefer it to be packaged with the console, at least for the first couple of shipments.

Chosen_One: I think they're basically saying that online-features will penetrate the system more deeply, allowing for greater connectivity in all apps. The system will still work offline though. (Bit like it does now, to be honest.)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Apr 12, 2013
Oh, and also, you'd need a second HDMI cable if you have two systems.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 12, 2013
Or you know, plug it into the other one.

An xbox360 isn't exactly huge, people that already own one should probably just keep THAT instead of buying an extra addon
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Apr 14, 2013
It are sad times if we actually risk losing our right to sell our games and we need to be always online so we can receive a constant stream of advertisement and social feeds. It's not going to happen for now, but if it did, people would just go with it. There would be some complaining, but in the end, it's not going to lower console sales. They can force whatever they want on us really. Stuff like CoD 378 will still make tons of money.