Xbox Working On Xbox Model Without a Disc Drive, Coming Next Year

Microsoft has famous that they’re attempting to innovate within the gaming market, notably with the introduction of an in-the-works cloud gaming service. But it may be experimenting with a system mannequin that depends extra on digital downloads than working on discs — and we’d simply see it sooner quite than later.

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A brand new report from Thurrott means that Microsoft is already laborious at work on a brand new Xbox mannequin that doesn’t make the most of a disc drive. As a consequence, it’ll rely particularly on digital downloadable video games, and can run a lot much less in value than its present Xbox One S mannequin — to the tune of round $200.

Not solely that, however the firm can be contemplating a program by which it’ll offer a “disc-to-digital” swap out, by which gamers can convey of their video games and get digital codes in return. (It’s unknown if that is only for Microsoft first-party video games, or if third-party video games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are included.)

The report additionally notes, “As for Scarlett (the reported subsequent {hardware} from the corporate), Microsoft continues to be attempting to determine if that console will embody a disc drive however ought to be making the ultimate choice right here shortly.”

Microsoft hasn’t made a be aware about its plans for {hardware} in 2019, because it probably was going to face by its present Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles, since they’re nonetheless promoting moderately nicely. So take this report with a grain of salt.

It’s unlikely the corporate will change to this mannequin sooner or later, since there are nonetheless numerous avid gamers that choose bodily discs to digital downloads — particularly people who don’t have entry to sturdy Internet connectivity. But providing one thing optionally available would make sense; and would give the corporate the chance to check out new {hardware} earlier than shifting ahead with its plans for the yet-unnamed “subsequent Xbox” console.

And it will definitely assist people who aren’t loaded with case, simply as its beforehand introduced All Access program has. Not to say that discs wouldn’t get worn out throughout the system.

Again, nothing has been confirmed but, however we’ll see what Microsoft declares over the following few months. It’ll definitely be attention-grabbing to see how a disc-free system performs, to not point out what sort of impression it’ll have on the retail market.

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