Microsoft considered Xbox One with no disc drive
Company reveals it had a "real discussion" about possibility of "purely disc-less console," but decided against it to accommodate bandwidth and game size.
As some early reports suggested, Microsoft did in fact consider releasing the Xbox One with no disc drive, making the company's new console a purely digital system, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told OXM. Perhaps more surprising is that this "purely disc-less console" was considered as late as mid-2013.
"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change," Spencer said. "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."
Spencer went on to explain why he believes offering a Blu-ray optical drive for the Xbox One was the "right decision."
"So we decided--which I think was the right decision--to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content," he said. "From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices--thinking of and building around that."
Despite the fact that the Xbox One does have a disc drive, Microsoft still believes in a digital-only future for games. "Yeah. It's going to happen. I don't think there's anybody in the industry; no matter what you thought about our original policies around DRM; I don't think there's anybody that doesn't know that someday, it's going to happen," Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello told GameSpot in August.
If Microsoft had gone through with its vision for a disc-free Xbox One, it would not have been the first company to release a system without a media drive. Sony launched the PSP Go in 2009--which featured flash memory instead of a UMD drive--though the company discontinued the portable just two years later.
Best New Netflix TV Shows & Movies In November 2018 Darksiders III - Intro Trailer Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gameplay: 8 Minutes Of World Of Light Story Mode Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Video Guide -- Week 5 (Nov. 13-20) How To Catch Meltan In Pokemon Go - GS News Update Top New Games Releasing This Week On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC -- November 18-24 Fallout 76 Update Brings Bug Fixes And Gameplay Changes - GS News Update How to get all 3 Kanto Starters In Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu And Let's Go Eevee Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Wind Bastion Hits Test Servers This Week - GS News Update Artifact Beta Gameplay Live Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition - Holiday Costumes 2018 Trailer Dead or Alive 6 - The Lightning Technomancer Trailer
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org