(This is part three of an on going series)
Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, DRM and Used Games
If you had any hopes of playing your old Xbox 360 games on Xbox One then forget about it as previous rumors regarding the backwards compatibility has been clearly dismissed. Microsoft has clearly stated that Xbox 360 discs won't be supported on the Xbox One.
Also, Microsoft will be taking DRM to the next level with Xbox One. Basically when you get your game it will be first installed into your console and using a unique code it will be attached to your console and account. You will no longer need the disk to play the game.
This disc however cannot be used by anyone else since it is locked into your account. They will have to pay again (probably online) to use this game disc and current info suggests one will need to play full price. However, if you choose to go over to a friend’s house, take the game and then sign in with your own account, then you will be able to play the game. There will also be a online “check” every 24 hours. So according to how things stand, you will need to be online in to play the game. This actually in my opinion is what is going to affect Xbox One’s sales. Don’t know if many people are happy about this arrangement.
BLU-RAY and Storage
As rumored before, the new Xbox One will be coming with a Blu-ray drive and also a 500GB SSD hard drive. Well although 500GB is pretty hefty, I wonder how much space will be left overall if we need to install all our games before we get to play them. Well at least it will be quieter, faster and cooler than the mechanical hard drives.