It seems that any time a new item comes out; whether it is a new console, TV , or phone, that rumors run rampant. There have been many rumors regarding the next generation of console, but this newest one may just take the crazy cake. This rumor came out of Kotaku which states that their sources tell them that the next Xbox will not be able to play used games, but will have the ability to play blu-rays and will introduce the Kinect 2.
Two of these three rumors are outlandish. The sheer idea that Microsoft would NOT make a new console compatible with used games on their next system is ludicrous. The battle against used games is nothing new with the industry. Things such as “Project $10” or season passes for DLC to create an incentive for consumers to purchase new games instead of purchasing using games have been wildly disgusted recently. While many people think “Project $10” may be pushing the limit I for one am fine with companies trying to fight the sale of used games. However, I disagree with making it so a console just straight up cannot play used games and think it is crazy. It is speculated that one way of doing this is by linking the game to an Xbox Live gamertag, just like having a serial number for a PC game. While this does makes some sense I do not seeing this happening with the next generation or even the generation after.
The next crazy speculation is the introduction of the next Kinect. The Kinect is still in its infancy. When it comes to development with support for PC just being talked about at CES this year there is no way that Microsoft would even think about adding a new Kinect to the lineup and isolating their early fan base. While a new Kinect is not improbable for the next generation it will not be a big move from the current one.
The last rumor, and the only one I see happening, is the addition of Blu-ray in the next Xbox. While Microsoft and Sony (creators of the Blu-ray disc format) are competitors in the console race it is highly likely that Sony would license out the Blu-ray format to Microsoft for use in their next console. DVD as a format is increasingly becoming too small for what developers want to do and is causing them to either drop the quality of the game or drop content for the Xbox 360 versions of games. Rage and Battlefield 3, which both came out recently, shipped on multiple discs (Rage with three and Battlefield with two) on the Xbox 360 while the PlayStation 3 version only had one disc.
It is ultimately up to you to decide if you believe all these rumors or some of these rumors or maybe to believe none. But we will never really know until the next generation of consoles is officially announced. So we got to ask. What do you think of these rumors?