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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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RE: Cant Wait
By wempa on 5/15/2013 12:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
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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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