Xbox 720 to be unveiled in May, always-on DRM still a possibility

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Earlier this year, Sony’s newest console the PlayStation 3 was “unveiled.” Now, like clockwork it seems that Microsoft is following suit and gearing up to unveil their newest console (tentatively referred to as the Xbox 720) on May 21st.

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Earlier rumours reported that the new Xbox would come bearing a required “always-on” Internet connection to combat game piracy. These rumours, while not yet proven, aren’t completely unfounded based on the 720’s proposed pricing options. The latest info to leak speculates that the console will hit the market with a pretty hefty $500 price tag, but will be available with some sort of contract at the lower price of $300.

Microsoft made some waves earlier this year with their video demo of “Illumiroom” a feature that augments the area around your television and uses video projection to create a more immersive in-game experience. At the time of the release, it was unclear whether this was going to be a feature of the 720, or just the newest model of Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral.

With the 720 set to be released next month and no new news concerning Illumiroom, it’s a possibility that more detail about this peripheral will be revealed along with the new console.

If this is the case, the 720 seemingly has as much going for it as it does against it. While the Illumiroom feature could be a major selling point, the possibility of always-on DRM protection is enough to make any gamer wary, especially with the issues it has caused in the past with PC games like Diablo III, and more recently, SimCity.

So what do you think? Will Microsoft prevail in the console wars yet again, or have the tables finally turned for Sony? Let us know in the comments below.

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