Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:29 UTC
Games "Sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next generation console have told us that although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form. Next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, Microsoft having conceded defeat to Sony following its ill-fated backing of the HD-DVD format. It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user." Crap like this should be illegal. If I can't buy second-hand games at my local favourite game store, Microsoft can shove this new Xbox where the sun don't shine. Which it obviously doesn't do in Redmond if they can come up with this kind of user-hostile bullshit. You can pretty much guarantee that they have made a silent agreement with Sony to implement similar anti-user feature on the next Playstation.
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The only time game companies have ever given a shit about emulators in my memory was Bleem when the PS1 was at its height of success.

UltraHLE (the N64 emulator) was also a big thing back then. With PS1, it was also/more about the VGS emulator from Connectix.

I wonder if those emus were part of the reasons why later consoles got weird/complex (hence harder to emulate) architecture, and avoidance of x86 CPUs...

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