The retail games will apparently be available for digital download. Physical copies of games will still be possible to play, but they will require activation codes which you’ll verify online. Exactly like how physical games that utilizes Steam works. That’s not all, the activation code is only workable once per user. This new system will effectively remove the second-hand market. That being said, it is grounds to be sued by European groups.
“Given its experience with 70 million-plus 360 console stats, Microsoft has accumulated enough user data to make the decision to go online-only with its successive hardware one that adds up,” the Edge report states.
“Microsoft’s hand has been guided by the PC gaming landscape, and viewed through a particular lens it makes sense, even if unbelievers will take some convincing.”
“Ultimately, Microsoft has asked itself a simple question: who wants to play games on a next-generation Xbox and yet doesn’t have access to the internet? The answer: not enough to make a considerable difference.”
The new Xbox which holds the codename “Durango” is said to boast an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.