Is The Xbox 720 Necessary?

31 January 2012
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The recent “outlandish” rumors about the Xbox 720 have me falling asleep at the keyboard.

The first rumor is the next Xbox console will be Blu-ray capable. If true, Microsoft’s announcement still puts the Xbox 720 a generation behind the PlayStation 3, which has been able to read Blu-Ray discs since it launched in 2006. If adding Blu-Ray to an Xbox is Microsoft pulling out the stops, Sony can break out the champagne now. I can’t help but expect much more from the next generation of Xbox. I do not own a Blu-Ray player, I do not care about watching Blue-Ray movies. By now, if I was going to watch Blu-ray discs I would already have a Blu-ray player. I know that there are people who really geek out over watching movies with Blu-Ray quality, that’s awesome. Typically, those people already have Blu-ray players. Adding Blu-Ray to an Xbox is like adding an expensive blender to a bicycle. Some people might use it because it’s there, but chances are they already have one in their kitchen.

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  • The second rumor is more interesting because it raises a lot more questions and leads to more rumors to spread around. The Xbox 720 will not play used games. At first glance, this might sound like a bad rumor I think it may be a delicious insight to what kind of console the 720 is going to be. Perhaps the console won’t be using discs at all and therefore cannot play used games on the disc format currently being used with the 360. How’s that for an internet rumor? I’m starting a hash-tag right now #Xbox720WhyYouNoPlayUsedGames. I would love to see Twitter light up with a slew of crazy Xbox 760 rumors. I just want to be a part of that madness. Who doesn’t love even more gaming gossip?

    If the 720 actually did become fully cloud-base, it would then be competing with the so-far successful start-up OnLive. The disc will die just like the cassette tape and VHS before it. Going full cloud streaming is inevitable and expected. For me, a next-gen console without a cloud gaming feature just can’t compete with a my Steam account and a $30 HDMI cord. My demands don’t end there, on a cloud-based console I would expect a full library of original Xbox and 360 games. Anything less would be unacceptable and would not push my Xbox 360 off its designated shelf. Or, at least that’s what I tell myself while it’s not sitting all shiny and new at the local game store. But who knows when that will be?

    Would a cloud-based console kill the used game market as we know it? Maybe after some time but hasn’t the physical used games market and the use of discs for data storage always been on a countdown? Technology has to evolve and every industry is affected by the changes. How a company within any industry adapts to changes in technology is what determines how successful their product is. For the budget-conscience gamer, even though used games will not be around forever the cost of downloaded or streamed games will probably be less than disc-based games.

    I mentioned earlier that I’m doing just fine now with a Steam account and an HDMI cord. In my personal circumstances, I don’t think I will even need an Xbox 720 if the current rumors are all that the next console will offer. I concede that there is still plenty of time before the Xbox 720 is released but at the rate competitors like Steam and OnLive are growing the Xbox 720 will have to offer something really innovative.

    I’m not hearing anything close to innovative with these recent rumors. For now, I’m impatiently awaiting even more juicy rumors. I know Microsoft can do it, I was drooling over the Kinect for years before it was even released. Tantalize me!

    What would get you to buy an Xbox 720?


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    Laura Jones By Laura Jones: She blogs about and reviews video games to recapture her misspent youth, growing up gaming on hand-me-down consoles and cast-off computers with three siblings fighting over the controllers and helping each other beat Bosses. Read her posts and watch her video game reviews here and connect with her on Twitter and at Google+.

    • James Downey

      Im still not convinced about cloud-based gaming.. Sure its a great format, extremely accessible and looks to be the future of gaming, but, its not an option for everyone. I was once a member of the middle-aged faction of off-line gamers, and it suited me just fine. But if Xbox announced a new console with no disc tray, it wouldnt recieve a second look from me, simply because its not practical in an area with tortoise speed internet. I hope the disc survives the next generation, as without discs there are no midnight launches, no anticipation staring at the detail of the box art, nothing to hug and hold at night before sleeping and drifting off into sweet and slightly obsessive dreams…..

    • Hans Petterbregen

      I have a 1mb connection to Internet
      Imagine downloading a game from the cloud that despite the weight of a blu-ray disc …. 45GB

    • The Gamer

      The Xbox 720 will not play used games. 
      that will kill game stop

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