Will the new Xbox require a working internet connection?
Fresh reports suggest that the upcoming Xbox, rumored to be called the Xbox 720, Infinity, or Durango, could require an always on internet connection. Edge Magazine, the same company that said the Xbox 720 wouldn't be available in the United Kingdom until 2014, has said the next generation Xbox will require a constant internet connection in order to function.
Edge says the requirement will rule out a second hand game marker for the console but cites sources with first-hand experience of the new Xbox console that say that although the next Xbox will be "absolutely" committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in a physical format. Not only that, but Edge says Microsoft will abandon HD-DVD in favor of Blu-ray, stating that future Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB Blu-ray discs.
Web connection as an aside, Edge's sources also commented on previously rumored sources for the new Xbox, stating that talk of a 1.6Ghz eight-core AMD CPU and a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution were true. They also mentioned 8GB of DDR3. and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Sony is expected to show off the next iteration of PlayStation later this month, so hopefully Microsoft won't be too far behind with the new Xbox. Then we'll finally know for sure.