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Published on April 19th, 2007 | by Daniel David

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New barcode for Xbox 360 titles

Microsoft introduced a new barcode for Xbox 360 games. These new barcodes can hold double the amount of data then the barcodes used today. Microsoft said consumers could interact with the new barcodes, using webcams and mobile phones with cameras.

Microsoft engineering director Gavin Jancke, who developed the new High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB), said the aim was not to replace the current barcode system, reports the BBC.

“It’s more of a ‘partner’ barcode,” he said. “The UPC barcodes will always be there. Ours is more of a niche barcode where you want to put a lot of information in a small space.”

Up to 3,500 alphabetical characters of data can be stored into each square inch of the barcode.

Because the barcode can be read by mobile phone cameras, Microsoft claims that it can be used to go online.

Once scanned by a mobile, consumers could be taken to a website containing downloads or extra content, adds the BBC.

This new barcode is slated to grace your Xbox 360 games and DVDs later this year. This could be really cool, you could just scan the barcode and get exclusive downloadable content, wallpapers, screensaver, etc. It could also up security for people actually having to prove they own the game before playing a game on Xbox Live. Either way its coming so lookout for it.

Source: www.mcvuk.com


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  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    I just hope this doesn’t somehow turn into some insane DRM ordeal, whereby we the consumer get hosed, via some “you bought the rights to play the game as we see fit, and only on the one specific XBOX that you own.” Thus eliminating the after market resale of games. Call me suspicious..

  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    I just hope this doesn’t somehow turn into some insane DRM ordeal, whereby we the consumer get hosed, via some “you bought the rights to play the game as we see fit, and only on the one specific XBOX that you own.” Thus eliminating the after market resale of games. Call me suspicious..

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