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Microsoft will finally answer the questions of DRM and more next week

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will announce its next generation console next Tuesday (May 21) ahead of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Rumored to be named either the Xbox Infinity or Xbox 720, the upcoming console stirred controversy over rumors that it would use digital rights management (DRM) to ban used games.  Rude Twitter remarks led to the firing of one Microsoft staffer as the debate over the DRM grew heated.

No one knows for sure, though, whether Microsoft actually planned the DRM or is sticking to such possible plans after the controversy.

What is expected is that the Microsoft console will pack similar hardware to arch-rival Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758already-announced PS4.  That console packs 8 GB of DRAM, aside a GPU and x86 CPU from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).  Given that NVIDIA Corp. (NVDAsays it isn't interesting in making console graphics, it seems likely AMD could pop up in the next Xbox, as well.

The PS4 -- which has not yet been priced -- is rumored to be priced between $400 and $500 USD.  The next Xbox is rumored to cost $500 USD, but also be available in an ad-subsidized form for $200 to $300 USD.

The console is rumored to introduce 1080p Kinect motion controls, a work-in-progress that's been written about in leaks stories for some time.

Source: ExtremeTech

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Cant Wait
By Mitch101 on 5/15/2013 9:56:58 AM , Rating: 3
I hope Microsoft doesn't stick to DRM for used games. Not everyone can afford new games especially when they launch at $60.00 a pop but I can understand if they do this because game consoles seem to take a lot to get to profitability.

In all honesty I bought a 360 this round because at the time I bought the PS3 was out of my price range just for the console. Now part of me is tempted to get a PS4 and alternate between systems every other console release or until the price of the console drops to like they are now. Why? Well the exclusives that one side of the fence gets. I love Halo and Gears but Im sure I will love the competitors on the Sony side as well.

The one thing that might keep me in camp Microsoft is Kinect. Sure some of the games dont go over well but the kids love it and they get some excecise and the Wife loves dance central. I have been tempted lately to pick up a PS3 to play some of those exclusives not on the 360.

Either was I think Nintendo is losing this round. You hear nothing of the Wii-U but fingers crossed the replacement for the DS/DSi/3DS is a hit. I like having nintendo around.

RE: Cant Wait
By Crazyeyeskillah on 5/15/2013 10:03:39 AM , Rating: 2
i bought a wii u and sold it 3 weeks later, there were no games and i wasn't going to sit on it for a year before something came out. It's really unfortunate, this isn't the n64 generation where you could buy the console and play mario 64 for 6 months with no complaints. I'll look at it again when xenoblade successor comes out but it's really unfortunate they came out with a great little device and no real support for it.

RE: Cant Wait
By jimbojimbo on 5/15/2013 10:55:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm probably just going to buy this as well with the Kinect system for my niece and nephew. Keep it away from home and I can still be productive, they get some exercise out of it, and we can play like idiots when I visit. Win win win.

RE: Cant Wait
By wempa on 5/15/2013 12:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
I hope Microsoft doesn't stick to DRM for used games. Not everyone can afford new games especially when they launch at $60.00 a pop but I can understand if they do this because game consoles seem to take a lot to get to profitability.

There are more user-friendly ways to encourage people to buy new games over used ones. I liked the way Blizzard used to do it with the first 2 Diablo games. You needed a valid CD key in order to play online. I think they should focus on things like that and, of course, making the games as great as possible. I think that is a better way to deal with the used games market. Fighting it with things like online DRM will just push people away harder. That's what has happened with me. I stopped supporting Blizzard when they dropped LAN support with Starcraft 2. It's not like there are a shortage of alternative games/systems. I'll gladly keep my $60 and pick up a great $10 game that's a few years old and will keep me entertained for a while.

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