Print 67 comment(s) - last by inighthawki.. on May 16 at 1:20 PM

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

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Ad subsidized
By wallijonn on 5/15/2013 12:14:00 PM , Rating: 2
If it's ad subsidized then it will need to be an always on network connection. And if it's always connected then chances are DRM is working in the background. Otherwise they'd have to code commercials and promos into the game. That is as useless as movie trailers on DVDs and BDs, as useless as BD promos on BD discs - if it's a lousy trailer you will have to live with it for the next 12 to 20 years.

RE: Ad subsidized
By acer905 on 5/15/2013 12:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Amazon sells ad-supported versions of the Kindle which still have the ability to disable wi-fi. If the ads need to be refreshed, it just "prompts" you to turn the wireless back on so it can refresh.

Its possible they could have a section of storage dedicated to a handful of ads that refresh whenever you happen to connect it to the internet.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki