Microsoft's next Xbox system will use Blu-Ray and will require users to be always connected to Xbox Live, according to an Edge report citing sources with "first-hand experience."
The new raft of rumors are an echo of an older rumor post by VG247 back in April 2012 – also citing anonymous sources close to the company.
While the Blu-ray rumor makes sense (it is the de facto standard format for physical disc media), the "always online" requirement would likely be to combat second hand games sales. The Edge source also claims an improved Kinect system – also a no-brainer.
"We do not comment on rumors or speculation," a Microsoft Spokesperson told us in response to our request for comment on this story. "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time."