Hold on to your tin hats! The latest wild rumour surrounding the next-generation Xbox involves second-hand sales, persistent internet connections and Blu-ray discs. Wait, the next Xbox has a disc drive now?
That's the latest from EDGE
, who collectively reckon that Microsoft will not only adopt the Sony-backed Blu-ray technology for 50GB capacity disc space, but it will also include online activation codes for games in an attempt to bugger up the pre-owned sales market.
"Although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form," reads the report. "Games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user."
It all sounds rather absolute indeed, for a fast-changing rumour landscape. As the mills churn ever faster and the skies start to suffocate us all with dusty pie crust, it's probably a good idea to turn around, take a deep breath and await some official confirmation before diving headfirst into things.
Do bear in mind, however, that EDGE's report draws heavily on a previous GamesIndustry report here
, which in itself is based on a story by VGLeaks here
. It's like some crazy game of rumour-based Inception