I emailed Paul Thurrott asking him about the online requirement and he responded: "I'm saying we need to wait and see what Microsoft officially says about this requirement/functionality. It's not what the conspiracy theorists believe."
4/10/13 Edit/Update: Looks like the online requirement may be for it's companion backwards compatibility device (a new Xbox 360 mini?) only and the "no used games" rumor may be false and also stemmed from the add-on/new device, which may not have a disc drive (hence no used games...). http://www.vgleaks.c...x-roadmap-2013/
Note these are just rumors as usual nothing concrete. All of it's coming to Edge from an unnamed source.
The article says that the next Xbox will require an internet connection to function. Also says that games are believed to come with an activation code, and will have no value beyond the initial user.
Frankly I don't believe it. Would MS really be this dumb to kill the entire used game market? They may want to, but to actually do it like this? I don't believe it. Maybe they will do something closer to what happens now and force a game code activation to be bought for $10 or so for a used game, but to end them all together?
Also always online? Always, in order for it to "function"?? I don't believe it.
If Sony doesn't go down this road it's going to be an automatic win for them in the next generation imo. The backlash against MS would be massive and instant. The entire linked article is basically screaming don't buy an Xbox next gen because it sucks.
Now maybe Sony is going down the same road though. In that case it could really really hurt the entire industry.
Edited by ShockandAww, 25 April 2013 - 03:48 PM.