Microsoft Considered Disc-less Xbox One at One Point

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Microsoft boss Phil Spencer revealed quite an interesting tidbit regarding the development of the Xbox One.

Apparently, the hardware manufacturer considered producing a version of the console that had no disc drive, much to the dismay of their core userbase that still prefers optical media.

You can read the excerpt from the interview he conducted with the Official Xbox Magazine below:

“Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change. There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.”

Naturally, this raises the question of how would fans with data caps or restricted internet access deal with the sheer massive size of current generation games? This also begs the question – how would primarily offline gamers deal with it, if their platform fully embraced a digital future?

An all digital future is definitely expected among many folk within the industry, whether they be developers, publishers, or just plain hobbyists. In regards to the current generation though, I personally think it’s just too early to go all digital. What do you guys think?

Brandon Orselli


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