MCV has learnt that Microsoft has been telling partners that the Next Xbox will NOT include a disc drive. The briefings have been issued under what MCV’s source describes as “the strictest NDA” they have ever encountered.
Can not wait for E3 to see what the future holds for us. I am ready for NEXT GEN. Bring me som high tech , Something new.
Meh, I'm good til late 2014. The longer they wait, the more they can cram in there (affordably). I'm hoping for SSDs myself, but I don't think they'll be cheap enough to implement. Won't stop me from putting one in myself though!
LOL LATE 2014.. I'm really glad the companies won't listen to you
I call bs. No way Microsoft would ever comment about that.
The way i see this news is, No Disc drive, No competitive pricing between retailers on games, less price drops which equals no purchase. Goodbye Microsoft! Don't let the Door hit you on the way out. Thank God for Sony & Nintendo. At least they have the brains to not do this on their next consoles.
@MarioFTW have you even heard about the PSP Go?
... it also means the new Xbox won't be backwards compatible, which sounds horrible to me. I think I'll just cross over to Steam/ValveBox/PC-gaming. That way, when you buy a game, you can be fairly certain it will still work on a newer system 10 years from now.
PSPGO was an experiment that failed. Many stores refused to sell it. Sony has abandoned digital distribution ONLY video game systems, and the VITA has physical media. I highly doubt Microsoft will do such a thing.
No Disc drive is EPIC FAIL! What about backwards compatibility with 360 games? What about watching dvds and blurays?? FAIL! EPIC FAIL! Remember the 90s? Remember how PlayStation saved the cartridge infested industry with the cd??
Hopefully this doesn't mean digital distribution. MS should be smart enough to avoid that route given what happened with the PSP Go. As for a proprietary format or anything like that, please, just stick to disks MS, my purchase of your system is at stake. Plus proprietary formats are a shaky proposition (here's to looking at UMD's).
I think there will be two versions, one with and one without a disk drive.
This shit better be not true, otherwise I see games for $80 a pop
If this is true then I won't be buying the next gen xbox, but it sounds like it isn't
soooo like direct connect to torrent games? that's great news :DD
this is big one if confirmed. MS doubling down on the downloadable future... wonder how game retailers will react to this? i wonder if MS really doesn't want Blu-ray, couldn't they revive HD-DVD instead as their disc technology? anyway, i hope it's false...
No because every hardware maker dumped hddvd long time ago (including movie studios) its not like MS has its own factory
Microsoft is still butthurt angry because Sony destoyed HDDVD with BLURAY. Microsoft had a Windows programming language built into HDDVD....but Sony refused Microsoft's request/demands and instead used JAVA for BLURAY. Butthurt or not, I don't believe they have much choice, because without software for retail to sell, Retail will refuse to sell said video gaming console.
they could use it if they want too. It still uses a blu ray drive. Only thing is next gen will need more space than now so they would have to use the triple layered 51 gb disk
This couold be very bad for people on low broadband speeds.
... who have lots of 360 games, and who wants to be able to play them on the next Xbox. My 360 isn't going to last forever.
Just keep your Xbox 360 and play them on there. Crazy idea right? And don't play the "it won't last" card. You don't know that for sure.
... that a disc-based console has a limited lifetime. Sadly. Perhaps they'll bring out an external disc-drive to plug into your new Xbox, which provides 100% backwards compatibility. O Obviously, they would sell it for a 100 bucks orso(!)
Which is why its a load of rubbish. No way is Microsoft going to neglect a large amount of people who have low broadband speeds.
This is bad all around. If this is true the new xbox is dead before release.
Agreed Drek, but I really dont think MS will do this. This is Death Sure, and I think MS knows that.
The new console will most certainly include a disc drive, it will probably just will act like the PS3 and won't make you open/close the drive
They're gonna go back to cartridges like the snes
that would be cool but too expensive.
i hope so, this would be the smartest move, you dont kill of retail, what you do is have a booth, like a atm machine, you plop in your card, pay for the game, and it downloads to your card, and you go home and play, you essentailly kill the used game market without killing retail.
I can see where your coming from here but I see them putting it on a type of fast reading SD card so you can go to the shop and buy the game from there or you can download it to the HDD via xbox live. I also wonder if Microsoft will work something out with the big names like Game, Gamestation, Zavvi Amazon ext where they have an app store on the console that you can brows too and buy the game from there rather than through xbox live market place as this will help keep the them going but also open up a new type of market for the consoles.
Good luck getting retail to stock something like that.
Didn't the PSPGO prove gamers are not willing to except a drive-less console?
And VITA has physical media. In other words...... Sony has abandoned such an idea.... basically. Furthermore, there has never been a successful digital distribution ONLY full video game system. That's why you have never seen ONLIVE's console version in any American brick & mortar retail chain store.....and you never will.
oooohhhh man nelly, i can see massive piracy happening here.
Okkkk then :/
So, it will be cassettes, huh? I'm ready for the past!
it'll most likely be DRM wont it ?
U people are dumb F**cks. This is all Apple does and because the mighty Microsoft is going to do it everyone is on some SH#T. When the Psp Go came out sonys online was TRASH. Microsoft's online is one notch under Apple, Xbox Live and the App Store are two of the biggest online money makes on the planet. Not saying it will be the best thing to ever happen, but Microsoft has an established online that people look forward to.
yes, Apple do this, but the games on Apple machines don't run into 10 to 20 gigabites. PS3 games already go well beyond 25GB.
69p to £6.99 an app VS $60/£40/€60 a game (this not including the extra the publishers already add on top)..... And we're the dumb ****? The app store / Android Market cannot be compared to this. If this meant cheaper games, then people would be all over it. Thing is, that will not happen. Congrats on wanting to be screwed out of your own money.
Sounds like a bad idea to me. I rather have physical media. M$ could possible rip people off. 1. You have to have fast bandwidth 2. Large harddrive or cloud type save, which could cost extra for more space. Not to mention you would have to purchase a bigger hard drive specifically made by M$. 3.The PSP go failed. 4. Nobody is a dumb F^ck. 5. MS is not mighty. They follow the trends before they make moves. Nintendo, and Sony consoles will have disc drive therefor M$ console will have a disc drive M$ is not daring enough to try this.
goodbye bargain bin
if this is true. then I'm going back to gaming on my PC fulltime
I love it when people speculate on things like this. There is no way they don't use a disk drive next generation. Microsoft has always looked at the Xbox as more then a gaming console, so they'd want it to be able to play Blu Ray/DVD and probably Xbox 360 games. No way would they risk losing half of their consumers on a digital download console. I call BS.
I don't think that's a good idea. Watch the internet service providers capitalizing on this by rising the cost of bandwidth.
False...hard to have a media center like they want if it can't even play dvds...not yet anyway
Well that would definitely kill any backwards compatibility. I guess MS will go SD card next gen.
As governments and providers are trying to limit or impose penalties on bandwith usage and/or overages. Plus there are still many of us that like to own physical media so we at least have the perception that when we buy something we own it.
It would make the machines cheaper. And there is no reason games couldn't come on a card like the Vita or even an SD card. They could even allow you to go to the store and have the game downloaded to your thumbdrive. Or a special thumbdrive that comes with the system. That would kill the used games market like they want but still include retailers. It could be done through kiosk at the retailer with credit and debit cards. It would also make the machines smaller.
deal breaker right there. i love xbox but will not buy one without physical media. between isp wanting to cap bandwith and servers going down, or me just one day not being able to afford internet, there are too many ways i wouldnt be able to get my game on. LAME.....
Anyone who believes this rumor is dumb. I could understand people believing it when you say, they want to go all digital. You forget the Xbox is also positioned to play DVDs. In most cases you can't even watch a movie without a subscription to another service or renting it. There is no way they would abandon the disc drive
Microsoft doesn't benefit from movies on DVD. But they do get a piece of movies downloaded from Zune. They have no skin in the DVD movie game but make a good deal of money on DD and Silverlight. It would be in their best interest to push no disc.
My pc has a disc drive but I have steam. The reason for that is I cant download games which are so BIG! Damn, MS dont do this. My broadband still sucks even though its the best in my country (Philippines).
I'm confused; are they getting rid of physical media completely or just using flash based media rather than optical disk drives? I'm not up to speed with the latest developments but I thought (at least USB memory sticks) have higher storage capacity (64GB?) and maybe faster speeds than optical disk drives. If that's the case, you have a medium which requires less moving parts, less components, possible draws less power etc... unless I'm completely wrong on this. However, the big loss here is backwards compatibility with games and also movie disks. Then there's the issues of DRM and people wanting physical ownership. Also, I'm not convinced the current infrastructure can support say 50million extra people downloading 9GB+ games.
I'm sure that if MS takes the "Steam" approach, we'll still see a ton of games to buy in the stores. They'll just be DL voucher cards. If they don't sell games in the store in some shape or form they'll piss off retailers, they'll see things like less space in the gaming section dedicated to their products, less emphasis on advertising, etc.
No physical media = no buy This rumor is most definitely fake.
They would have to be stupid to not go Bluray
Will never happen! Microsoft will lose a lot of money if they did that
Who comes up with these silly rumors?
Yeah right...good luck Microsoft...you'll need it..
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