Eidos President – Next Xbox Will Watermark Discs

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It seems the rumors are true….some of them at least. Not yet confirmed if the next Xbox will have the “always on” feature attached to it, but one of the gaming communities (and Gamestop’s) greatest fears have come to fruition.

Ian Livingstone (Eidos’ Life President) let a small nugget slip in an interview with MCV. Livingstone is quoted as saying: “With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another. So I think the generation after that will be digital-only.”

Come on! With Sony Revealing the PS4 and assuring gamer’s that there won’t be an “always on” component, and that they won’t be putting a ban on used titles, Microsoft may be digging it’s own grave.

There’s a reason I own a console (two actually) instead of a PC – I want to own what I purchase. Simple as that. I have friends that don’t blow through games at the rate I do, and it’s a nice gesture to be able to share a new game with them every now and them. I also enjoy the fact that I can trade games for credit toward a new purchase (haven’t done it in about a year, but it’s still a possibility if I want to). Microsoft is condemning console owners to PC licensed gaming hell with this move, and that will in turn cause me to slam Microsoft’s next console to no end (I don’t think I’ll be the only one – exhibit A).

Now let’s step back for just a second and examine the fact that the word “supposedly” is used in Livingstone’s statement. We could be getting all worked up over nothing here. In the event that the next Xbox uses watermarked, non-transferable discs I’ll be basking in the loving embrace of Sony’s PS4. As I said before there’s a reason I opt into a less powerful gaming system ie. console and not PC, and it’s because I want to own what I purchase. Simple as that.

Dylan Zellmer

I split time between games journalism and making video games. My love of it’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), fitness and my family define me otherwise.