Tuesday, November 20th 2018

Microsoft Works On Xbox Without Optical Disc Drive

Microsoft is working on the first major game console to lack physical game media, targeted at markets where downloaded content is prevalent. The console could be a variant of the existing Xbox One / Xbox One S, but will be slightly cheaper for lacking the roughly-$25 optical drive. For those stuck with physical copies of games, Microsoft could roll out a "disc-to-digital" programme that converts your physical disc ownership to a digital ownership.

The way "disc-to-digital" works is you take your physical games to a participating brick-and-mortar retailer, who will verify that the disc is authentic (you probably wouldn't need to provide proof of purchase). Once a disc is deemed authentic, the authorised retailer will keep the physical copy in exchange to adding the game to your Xbox account. To play the game, simply download it to your console's hard drive and play. You can also download to external USB storage devices if your hard drive runs out of space. For some regions, there could even be "mail-in" services. Microsoft could target very specific markets with the console, in which Internet access is both affordable and fast, and in which there already are many customers with large digital libraries. The company is unlikely to stop selling consoles with optical drives, but those will be slightly pricier.
Source: Thurott
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28 Comments on Microsoft Works On Xbox Without Optical Disc Drive

#26
timta2
bonehead123
Trudat !

but I was kinda makin a jestful reminder of when (~2004) a certain fruity company FINALLY realized they screwed up by not including ODD's with their rigs and were almost left in the dust of the "just burn it to CD and give me a copy" craze that was in it's heyday at that point in time :)

sorry if that got lost in the translation :)
You're on a roll, why stop now?

"All this started with the arrival of the MacBook Air in 2008. The specialty computer trimmed the MacBook Pro's inch-thick size by getting rid of the disc drive and many of the ports."

www.cnet.com/news/apples-plan-to-wipe-out-disc-drives-is-nearly-complete/

Apple has consistently been ahead of the curve.
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#27
lexluthermiester
Jism
I remember a video from someone, warning out the very near future of 'tech'. We are switching from having an actual product, box, CD-Rom and all that, to a service model which offers montly subscriptions and so on. All made to maximize a company's profit and you being the product.
That will never fly with a lot of people. Just not likely to happen.
timta2
You're on a roll, why stop now?
"All this started with the arrival of the MacBook Air in 2008. The specialty computer trimmed the MacBook Pro's inch-thick size by getting rid of the disc drive and many of the ports."
www.cnet.com/news/apples-plan-to-wipe-out-disc-drives-is-nearly-complete/
Apple has consistently been ahead of the curve.
Remember my earlier comment about sheep? That not being ahead of the curve, it setting a trend, one that need to be reversed. Lots of people like physical media because it's always right there when they need it, internet connection or not.
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#28
JaymondoGB
Sounds to me like another way Microsoft can control the market, and as someone has already mentioned, a way to kill off second hand games. Cant see the point in retail outlets like Game (UK) selling codes in boxes only (I know its already a thing, but a small part)
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