1UP- Rumors regarding the Xbox 360's successor are only going to become more frequent as we approach its announcement, whether that be coming at this year's E3, next year's, or some other point in time. The latest report suggests Microsoft's third home game console will ship without what has been a critical component in the past: a disc drive.
While many agree digital-only systems are the future, it's hard to imagine such a future occurring in 2013, which is when MCV says the new Xbox will arrive. A system without a disc drive would certainly be a step in that digital-only direction without completely abandoning those who still have to rely on physical media. While many gamers do live in areas where it can be hard to find a spot that is not within range of a Wi-Fi connection, nationwide (not to mention worldwide) broadband penetration is not what some believe it to be.