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The New Xbox 720 Console Technology Will Not Let You Be Able to Play 'Used' Games!?

Updated on August 20, 2012

Microsoft gone mad!?

Recently, it's been made a rumour that the new Microsoft Xbox 720 console, will not permit their players to use past owned video games on the console! Whilst this might seem rather silly of Microsoft Corporation, it would bring immediate joy to all the game publishers out there, who loose sales from video game exchange stores such as Game or Gamestop.

However for the typical gamer, who would be petrified to have to pay $60 for every game they play, buying the used copies is a much nicer alternative to paying full price for the new version. Especially, if they aren't as fortunate as to be able to afford to keep up both their Xbox live subscription, as well as purchase more and more games as they're released!

Xbox 360 (white) console.

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What's the chance of that?

When faced with a rumour such as this, we have to ask ourselves if we really think Microsoft is going to want to 'tick off' it's users by implementing this technology into it's new console. Then evaluate whether this rumour is really worth spreading around or not.

In my honest opinion, I don't believe for one second that Microsoft would go along with this, as there would almost certainly be a decline in their overall sales of the new Xbox 720 console, and certainly not to mention the decline in sales made by the game publishers themselves! As if everyone had to pay full price for their video games, they wouldn't have enough money to buy the latest releases, hence making the publishers loose potential profit.

On the other hand, Microsoft could potentially have something else up their sleeves, a points system, which builds up as you buy more new games, could be added that in turn, would allow gamers to have something for free once they have gained enough of those points. This would motivate a much larger audience of people to buy new Xbox games rather than used, as there is a reason to feel inclined to do so.

Despite this, such a system could be cracked by advanced hackers, which would make the whole concept completely pointless... Get it? 'Pointless.' I do apologise for my terrible humour...

Final info on the Xbox 720.

A final little bit of information, which most people could guess anyway, is that there will be an added Blu-ray DVD player in the new Xbox 720. This will replace the normal DVD player that the Xbox 360 has, but this is still very much years behind PlayStation 3 consoles, which has had a Blu-ray player since 2006! Also it's predicted for the new Xbox console to be released by 2013 around August. Happy gaming!

(If you wish to buy the latest Xbox 360 console for a very good price, take a look over to your right to see what's available at

Will you buy the Xbox 720 console?

Would you buy the next Xbox if it implemented 'anti-used' games technology?

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    • CitizenPM profile image


      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      One would wonder if they might be considering switching to all digital content in the first place either through streaming or digital down load. A crazy notion but that SHOULD reduce overall pricing down by eliminating mass manufacturing (product cost intensive no but labor intensive you betcha). Onlive failed at it's attempt at doing this but they lacked funding and fuctinoality, those aren't really issues with Microsoft and Sony not to mention the sucess of Steam who have hinted at making a "console like computer" for home use as well. What we're talking about is product delivery evolution at this point. It may seem scary but it's mainly like growing pains in the marketplace.

      I should also note that one of my friends as a 2 TB external hardrive that he uses just for video games. It cost him like 80 dollars. He buys games, downloades them entirely to his hard drive and returns them the next day for a near full refund. Still has the game but eliminated the cost. Might be worth a try for those of you who are into games but don't want to spend the money.

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      5 years ago

      Quite frankly, while at first the idea scared the bejeesus out of me, I'm not worried. If Microsoft DOES release the 720 without used game compatibility, they'll quickly fix it and re-release the console with the ability to play used games.

      But I predict about 2% chance they actually do something so dumb.

    • drspaniel profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      I agree with you there! :)

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      5 years ago

      I have a PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360. When I got my Xbox 360 I replaced my PlayStation 2 games with the Xbox versions. The graphics and sound effects put the PlayStation 2 to shame. I specifically got my Xbox 360 so I can play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV on the same system. I'll only get an Xbox 720 if it plays Grand Theft Auto III, Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Max Payne 2, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Bully, Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and Max Payne 3. Otherwise forget it!

    • Stillripah profile image


      5 years ago

      Not every kid will be able to afford a $60 + game every time they need to play, so Microsoft better rethink or suffer the consequences.

    • drspaniel profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Ahh thanks I hadn't noticed! :)

    • pinappu profile image


      6 years ago from India

      MS is inspiring the hackers by robbing the honest. Drspaniel I think the Amazon add is in my r8 side not in 'left'.

    • drspaniel profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      I agree completely! In fact there would be a ton less angry customers of Xbox 360 if they simply made them to the best capacity! There's no need for silly introductory laws of having to buy a new game for each console! It's ridiculous in my view, and utterly offensive to the player!

    • michiganman567 profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I don't think that video game systems utilize the full capabilities of the old systems before they come out with the new systems. Why is there a need for a 720 other than ripping off the Xbox 360 customers once again?


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