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Report: Next Xbox To Have No Disc Drive

The next Xbox won't contain a physical disc drive, according to a new report.

A source close to British trade magazine MCV claims that Microsoft revealed this information under what it described as "the strictest NDA" they have ever encountered.

While the console will not contain a disc drive, according to the source, the report suggests it will contain "some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD."

MCV is also claiming that a 2013 release window for the hardware has been confirmed.

A move to digital-only distribution would be extremely unconventional for Microsoft; if there is any truth to this report, it would be a major blow for traditional retail. Microsoft has yet to officially deny the story.

In response to the report, Microsoft has said, "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation."

Source: IGN


This is kind of mind-boggling! It kind of makes sense though, because I was reading elsewhere about a rumor that Microsoft was looking into ways to keep consumers from buying and playing used games. If they transitioned to a disc-drive free console with download-only games, they would in fact accomplish this.
I think it would be a big gamble by Microsoft to go to download-only games. I can't see how it would be very popular with gamers, we're so used to being able to buy games used and trade them with friends.
I agree. I don't think this will be a good move for them in the long run. Personally, I don't see myself buying the next generation Xbox if I can't play used video games. I've never been one to buy them new, as the $50-60 price range is just outrageous to me.
i think this would be a horrible idea due to the fact that you would have to have a 200 gb hard drive as the smallest because you would have to download all the games and some are 14 gigs each like each of the mass effects
I know, right! The Xbox hard drive would have to rival that of a high end computer! Although, I read somewhere that Xbox was considering removable storage, but at the time of the article, it wasn't clear if the storage would be "proprietary" or generic SD-type storage. Still, I think it's a bad move.
I wonder how much the next Xbox will cost if they end up deleting the disc drive and expanding the hard drive instead, because an expansive hard drive is going to cost WAY more than a simple disc drive! If Microsoft really gets rid of the disc drive and goes digital, I think we're going to be faced with a next generation console that costs WAY more than the first one did.