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Xbox 720 May Not Have Disc Drive, Coming in 2013

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Xbox 720 May Not Have Disc Drive, Release in 2013
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According to information leaked by Microsoft partners, the Xbox 720 "Durango" - a possible name for the successor to the Xbox 360 - will not have an optical disc drive. It will have some form of storage, but the days of games on DVDs and Blu-rays may be numbered.

MCV writes that Microsoft has briefed partners that its next games console will not feature an optical drive. Instead, it will use some form of solid state storage, most likely based around a current memory card technology like SD. The console will reportedly arrive in 2013, and may be teased at E3 2012, the three-day Electronic Entertainment Expo held in Los Angeles from 5 June.Xbox 360 Slim

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Sony has already said it will not show-off the long-rumoured Sony PS4 console at the show, but Nintendo's next offering, the Wii U, has been public since 2011. If an announcement happens, it will undoubtedly be the biggest news of the show. However, Microsoft as since effectively denied the rumours, both of release date and lack of disc drive.

In a statement sent to MCV, the company stated, "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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Nik Bates

March 9, 2012, 10:20 pm

Are you implying there will no physical media at all and if so not sure how this is going to pan out as bang goes the 2nd hand games market and for me personally i sell my games on when finished as cant afford £40 + for a game then let it sit in the cupboard once finished with and i dont suppose for one minute the games companies will pass on the savings made for not having to bother with physical media.

Martin Daler

March 10, 2012, 1:36 am

they seem to be ignoring those people who use their xbox not only as a games console, but also as a DVD player - there is only so much space under the TV and the more roles a box can fulfill the more likely it is to rent the space under my TV.


March 10, 2012, 2:38 am

There's no way any home console coming out in the next 5+ years could succeed as download only. I know the tech world likes to think we're all on 100mb all you can eat broadband and floating around on cloud 9. That's just not the reality. Who's going to be downloading 20gb games on their 1mb connections with a 10gb monthly allowance? Not to mention a third of 360s aren't even online so that would be a third of your potential userbase lopped off.

Chris Marsden

March 10, 2012, 5:06 pm

This is not the first time this rumour has surfaced and it does make you wonder if MS are testing the water to see what the reaction is on forums etc.

There are some very valid comments so far, and I am one of those people on a very slow BB speed. 2mbs max when it can be bothered.

The other issue if MS go down the no disc drive route is all the people sat there with 100s of 360 games. If there is no backwards compatibility then a lot of people won't want to make the move to the new console, at least in the short term.


March 10, 2012, 11:35 pm

I very much doubt that this will mean downloadable games only. More likely it will be a solid state format which Micro$oft can lock to one console thus killing off the second hand market.

I also happen to think they won't do this as it will kill their sales at the same time. I for one would either switch to Sony or get a gaming PC if they did that.


March 11, 2012, 5:43 am

Fine. The mac mini doesen't have an optical disk drive built in. I'm sure they could have one as an optional extra.


March 11, 2012, 7:57 pm

This rumor has been floating around about 2013 next gen since before the 360 was even released. We only have to remember the PSP Go to realise download only wont work. Also, there is no way a console wont be able to play our DVD's when we expect so much from them. I wouldnt be suprised however if games were delivered via some kind of solid state storage. MS seem very opposed to blu ray, and I for one can't imagine another generation on DVD, its allready realy showing its age

Martin Daler

March 12, 2012, 1:40 pm

MS would have to be supremely stupid to want to kill off the second hand market. Doing so would devalue the product (both the games and hence the console also) which would reduce the price they are able to command for both - why would they want to do that?
I'm sure they will want to do everything possible to prevent any form of copying/piracy, where you somehow continue to use the game yourself and simultaneously are able to sell it on (don't know if that is possible). But I can see no reason why they would not want to actively promote a healthy second hand market proper.

Greg Shewan

March 12, 2012, 3:24 pm

SSD would make games so expensive and harks back to the cartridge days, MS would be blindingly stupid if this turned out to be true. You need optical media for the foreseeable future, even if it is hard for MS to swallow a BD drive it's their only choice at the moment.


March 13, 2012, 5:29 am

I really don't like it when people use the PSP Go as an example as to why digital distribution won't work because it is quite simply a fallacy. The fault didn't lie with digital distribution, but entirely with the way Sony handled things. Not every game released via UMD got a digital release on PSN. Unlike what Sony promised, gamers couldn't convert their UMDs to a purely digital format either. In addition to that, the PSP Go cost a hell of a lot more than the PSP 3000 so nobody in their right mind would have bought it when it should have been less expensive to produce. Sony basically did everything wrong. If you want to see digital distribution in action, look no further than the PC. It works. Boy, does it work.

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