New Xbox Project Scarlett Console Does Have Disc Drive, Microsoft Confirms At E3

Disc drives are going nowhere.

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The new Xbox console, Scarlett, was the biggest news to emerge from Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference. However, despite revealing many of Scarlett's specs, the company did not confirm whether the device would include a physical disc drive.

Fortunately, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has since reassured fans that Scarlett will indeed include a disc drive. He told GamesIndustry.biz that physical games are a part of the company's future and went on to say: "We know that people still have discs. So even when we put out things like the Xbox One S All-Digital edition, we are very clear with the name because I am not trying to confuse anybody, that if you are somebody that has a library of discs, or that's the way you want to acquire the content, then you should buy the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One S All-Digital... which is why we put it in the name, and yes I know it says SAD.

"I want to be very descriptive, because I am not trying to confuse anybody about what the options are. I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love."

In recent months Microsoft has increasingly pushed digital games with initiatives such as Xbox Game Pass, which recently came to PC and is currently available for $1 / £1 with Xbox Live Gold included, and the Xbox One S All-Digital console, which does not come with a disc drive. The company is also rumored to be developing a second Scarlett console, reportedly codenamed Lockhart, that foregoes a disc drive, though this is as yet unconfirmed. In addition, Microsoft's game streaming service, Project xCloud, launches this year.

The Xbox Scarlett console, or whatever it ends up being called, will launch in Holiday 2020. Pricing was not announced. But what we do know is that Halo Infinite will also release in Holiday 2020, presumably as a launch title for the new console. Confusing matters somewhat is the fact that Scarlett may refer to multiple systems.

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kgsg-19-2

Good to know they're not going fully digital and know there's people who like the disc vers.

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GirlUSoCrazy

How else dat BC gon' work

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Harrypothead

When is Xbox going to start playing PC games like Microsoft said it would be? I want to play Age of empires.

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Barighm

@harrypothead: If Xbox became a Steam machine that would certainly be quite a win for them, but I'm guessing Steam would still want a full cut of all sales, and between that and MS' cut there would be nothing left for the devs. Good for gamers. Bad for devs.

No reason why they can't connect the Xbox to the Windows store, though.

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Harrypothead

@Barighm: Easy make a Steam app and only give them a cut of the games that bought though there. Yeah there’s no reason they can’t do it to the Windows store but Age of Empires is owned by Microsoft so there’s no excuse for them to not bring it to Xbox specially when Xbox has Mouse and Keyboard support.

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jagdedge124

@Barighm:

Well, the thing is, Steam is getting Game Pass, so why can't we get Steam, at least for the games we can''t get at Xbox? I mean, atp, and given what the price of the new Xbox would be, as an Xboxer you're probably better off getting a PC.

You could still get the xbox stuff with game pass, and, Steam. So, unless there is a deal, i'm going to PC, being there's no rationale for Xbox atp.

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Aladan53

Xbox Infinite