According to a report from Edge, the Xbox
720 will allegedly require an internet connection to function. A new Xbox Live will also play a huge role
in the console’s services, and improved Kinect hardware will launch alongside the system.
Edge’s sources also explain that the Xbox 720 will use Blu-ray discs for physical media.
Furthermore, the report claims that the recent Xbox spec rumors are largely accurate, including
Microsoft’s use of an AMD eight-core x64 1.6 GHz CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a robust hard
drive. While the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 apparently
resemble PC architecture, other development sources claim that Sony’s upcoming next-gen
equipment is a preferable platform to work on, and its OS is less “oppressive” than Microsoft’s
next-gen solution. These rumors come on the heels of Sony’s tease
of the future of PlayStation, which will be revealed at an industry event in New York
City on February 20th. IGN suspects that the PlayStation 4 will be officially announced
at that time, along with the possibility that next-gen games will be unveiled. The possibility that the next Xbox would require
an internet connection will prove controversial if true. Broadband penetration is at 90% in
the US as of last September, but still — if your internet goes down for whatever reason
you won’t be able to play Xbox? Here’s hoping the rumor isn’t true. For more on the future of video games, stay
tuned to IGN.