Is the next Xbox ditching discs?

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MCV reports that it has inside sources that apparently confirm that the next might ditch the physical media we’ve come to associate with consoles; discs.

This is in stark contrast to previous rumours suggesting Microsoft had adopted Blu-Ray for its next console.

The source claims that not only will the next Xbox not have a disc-drive, but that it’s sets to release as early as next year. Apparently in lieu of discs, the system will have support for some sort of interchangeable solid-state media, which all sounds really rather expensive. One of the reasons discs became the de-facto storage medium for games is their low cost of reproduction. 

Games would also, presumably, be available through digital distribution. The industry, as a whole, will certainly move towards that sort of distribution method, but I’m not convinced that now is the right time. As we saw with the ill-fated PSP Go, the world in general – barring, of course, the scores of Steam addicts – just isn’t ready for an entirely digital.

MCV’s ninja says this informations comes from under “the strictest NDA” they’ve ever encountered, although if true it obviously wasn’t quite strict enough.

Microsoft, as expected, has said it comments neither on rumour or speculation.

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. 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.”

Last Updated: March 12, 2012

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