Next Xbox 720 will have a release date of 2013, many industry analysts have hinted that the next generation of consoles may not support physical media at all. For Microsoft’s inbound replacement for the Xbox 360, those rumours have been particularly strong, and if the latest reports from MCV are accurate, then its next console will indeed be sold without a disc drive. The site claims the console will “offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD”.
If true, Microsoft’s digital move would usher in a new era for home games consoles and represent a major blow to the games retail market.
Microsoft said in response to the report: “Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships.
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The source also admitted that it would be extremely difficult for Microsoft to add on a feature such as this one. It makes much more sense for the the company to eliminate the disk drive. This will eliminate all physical games including used ones.
This strategy will strongly affect those who depend on the low price of used games.