Friday, March 9th 2012

Durango Out in 2013, Lacks Optical Drive: Report

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox game console, codenamed "Durango", will arrive in 2013. More importantly, it is said to completely lack an optical disc drive. The lack of a disc drive could mark a milestone in the evolution of console game distribution. Microsoft already has a high-volume digital distribution platform in Xbox Live, its significance in a post-disc console era will only increase.

This is not to say that Microsoft will completely do away with physical media, an interchangeable NAND flash-based media could also take shape, seeing how prices of NAND flash-storage has come drastically down over the past couple of years. It would be a going back to solid-state game cartridges, for home consoles. Some portable consoles use solid-state media even today.Source: Mail Online
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77 Comments on Durango Out in 2013, Lacks Optical Drive: Report

xenocide said:
Well I don't think AMD because IBM has done a fantastic job with console CPU's, and AMD just doesn't have the capacity for it. Microsoft is gonna want a company that they know can deliver the amount of CPU's when they ask, IBM or Intel most likely. I personally would love to see a game console that ran an x86 CPU rather than a PowerPC setup, would make ports suck less.
As you have pointed out I don't see MS moving away from IBM unless AMD or Intel has some phenomenal offer. Intel and MS are probably not on the best of terms with MS betting against x86 with ARM support in Windows 8. Something they initially denied to Intel in the beginning of development.
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Mega-Japan said:
That statement is so wrong I'm not sure where to begin.
Initial retail prices for console games have ranged somewhere between $39.99 and $59.99 since the NES days. With $50 being the typical medium. Games were on the $50 medium throughout the 5th and 6th gen, increasing $10 for the 7th gen, but only for 360 and PS3. But according to you, the average game should now cost about $100 a pop.
Great response to that really bone-headed comment. :shadedshu Factoring in inflation, you could argue game prices have gone down slightly since the snes days
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No optical?? Not even an ultra cheap DVD read only drive?? Now that is a Mistake!
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