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    EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    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.

    Although the console will not include a disc drive, it will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.

    Furthermore, a 2013 launch date for the hardware has been confirmed. What is less clear, however, is the intended timing of Microsoft’s announcement.

    As revealed by MCV earlier this year, an E3 2012 reveal could still very much be on the cards.

    The omission of a disc drive signifies the beginning of a new era for games consoles and represents a potentially savage blow to the already beleaguered video games retail sector.

    Of course, retailers will tell you that they are already involved in the digital market. Indeed, GAME is enjoying growing revenue from the sale of digital download cards for digital-only titles and DLC.

    Nonetheless, the abolition of physical games is bad news for retail however it is spun. With the Next Xbox positioned as a digital centric platform, the relevance of retail will once once again eroded.



    When contacted by MCV Microsoft said that it does not comment on rumour and speculation.

    UPDATE: Microsoft has issued a fuller statement to MCV.

    “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.”

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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    But wouldnt that make it easier for piracy ?

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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    yes and no, it's essentially a different playing field, a much smaller one if you consider right now the 360 has physical and digital titles, once the inevitable happens victory is complete and the rest of the lifespan is dedicated to defensive measures on both sides until the pirates seize the foundations like pandora for the psp which is one of the greatest achievements the scene ever had. Sony didn't help things much and were continually under the impression there was still a war to win after pandora, they never learn.
    The ps3 just might be written off as a draw though, while newer titles can be played the scene is a fucking mess.

    Going digital will mean batshit insanity paranoia about every little security feature, of course its nothing more than playing the waiting game in the long run, theres always a flaw and some creative thinking to turn a dent into a fullblown hole. It also means more mistreatment for the end users as well, drm will strangle any rights people think they have, it's going to be quite a fun show.

    Also without a meaty drive to take up room they might actually not fuck up the cooling solution this time. Hell letting the user know about their temps would be nice.
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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    hmm sounds interesting but not sure i like the idea of everything going digital, but i guess we wait and see what happens
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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    i don't like the idea either... and it won't working atm anyway... as not everyone has a hast broadband connection... for sort of games you would need a very fast broadband on every household you wanna reach... or its pointless... as you would restrict your own market...
    in any case...
    i don't think everything will exclusively available digital only... but they might return to cartridges ^_^''''
    on with newer technology... ^_^

    or they will just use an external drive... which would be quite stupid ^_^'''
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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    It wont happen. Short reason. People cant afford $150 internet that downloads full games fast. My last internet was a 3mb download. It would take a week to download a new game.

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    Re: EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox (xbox720)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip4 View Post
    It wont happen. Short reason. People cant afford $150 internet that downloads full games fast. My last internet was a 3mb download. It would take a week to download a new game.
    How big is a full game?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkitzoGnome View Post
    How big is a full game?
    XGD2 5-7gb (generally)
    XGD3 6-8gb (generally)

 

 
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