The Xbox 720 may follow behind the PS4 rumors and could block second hand games but via a different manner.
According to ArsTechnica an insider source has said that the next gen console from Microsoft will need a persistent internet connection and this will lock out second hand games so they cannot be used.
The source is said to have first-hand experience about the next gen console and they say that games on the console will be downloaded or they will be bought as Blu-ray and they have a capacity of as much as 50GB. The games will all come with a code for activation and will limit them to single player use, which means they will be worth nothing on the used game market.
There have been reports of Microsoft using this approach to stifle the market of second hand games, these reports came out a year ago, however this new one gives us the strongest indication yet that it would need a permanent internet connection. Tying up the console to the net would mean the Xbox would have a limit on its potential reach; however this might not be as bad as first thought. In 2010 a study took place that showed that just 27% of consoles were not connected to the net, this amount could have lessened more since then.
Rumours have been going around about the Playstation suggesting that Sony may also be looking into blocking the use of second hand games. A recent patent has shown that Sony could be looking into using RFID chips on their discs, instead of users having to be connected to the net. Of course there may be some legal questions regarding the prevention methods and they could be disallowed by the first sale doctrine in the US. It is thought that Sony will be making an announcement about their next gen console on 20th February.
The report from Edge also talks about rumours that we have heard of previously about the specs. These include an AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It has also been said that there could be a better version of the motion sensor camera for the Kinect 3D coming out alongside the console.