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Xbox 720 'to revamp Achievements, video sharing, DRM, Xbox Live friends'

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The Xbox 720 is to have revamped social networking, Achievements, anti-piracy checks and video-sharing capabilities, according to a report.

Polygon cites sources saying that Microsoft's upcoming console will enable users to capture video highlights of their gameplay and share them directly through networks like Facebook.

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The new Xbox will apparently be able to record gameplay like a DVR, meaning players can go back and select highlights.

Alternatively, there will be a setting which causes the console to automatically record when certain in-game events take place, such as collecting a specific Achievement. The auto-capture is said to be only available on next-gen games.

The recordings can then be uploaded directly from the console to social sites like YouTube.

Microsoft is also said to be planning to make Xbox Live function more like other social networks such as Twitter - with no caps on the number of friends a person can have - and a change to the way you add friends - with people being able to follow one another like on Twitter, instead of there only being two-way friendships.

The sources claim as well that it will be possible to add Achievements after a game's launch without needing to add DLC. In addition, users will be able to tie Achievements to broader events such as a weekend challenge or communal goal, like contributing a specific number of kills to the bigger goal of 10,000 kills over one weekend.

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Furthermore, companies will apparently be able to create cross-title Achievements, such as awarding points for finishing the first chapter in two unrelated games published by that company.

In relation to cross-platform Achievements, gamers will be able to earn these by playing a game on the new Xbox and then using a companion app or website, or perhaps even by playing a specific game such as a prequel, on the Xbox 360.

Regarding rumours of an always-on requirement, the report adds that digital rights management and anti-piracy checks will be conducted through an internet connection, but that publishers will be able to choose whether this is done through one-time authentication or a constant connection.

This week Microsoft announced that it would reveal its new console on May 21.

The announcement suggested that the reveal will be for the console and services, and won't show the full line-up of games until E3 in June.

Other reported features for the new Xbox include Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

Watch a video regarding Microsoft's entertainment services below:

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