Want some Xbox [Whatever] rumors that aren’t about being always on? Yeah you do.
How bout these tasty rumor nuggets? According to Polygon’s sources, the next Xbox will reportedly feature DVD-style video sharing, capturing gameplay prompted by specific in-game prompts such as a headshot or a sweet cheevo. Naturally, you can upload these video jam sessions to YouTube and other video sharing services.
Okay, I lied: there’s some always-on news to report here. Polygon’s sources say the next Xbox will indeed be an always-on device, partly because there’s so much non-gaming, streaming entertainment services being packed into the console, but also—potentially—as an anti-piracy measure. The decision to make a game always-on, however, is reportedly being left up to individual publishers.
About them cheevos? Rumor is Microsoft wants make them more dynamic, allowing developers and publishers to add more achievements to a game post-launch (without DLC). The idea behind this is to compel players to change up their play style, or to earn achievements for communal gaming activity, like weekend challenges. Polygon’s sources also claim that the next Xbox will support cross-title achievements, allowing gamers to unlock special cheevos by playing multiple titles from the same studio or publisher.
And finally, these sources say the next Xbox will allow friend-following in the same vein as Twitter.
“We’re excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV, and entertainment on May 21,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in response to Polygon’s article,” but have nothing further to share at this time.”