Rumour: No disc drive for next Xbox

Published on March 9th, 2012

Rumour: No disc drive for next XboxThe successor to the Xbox 360 won’t feature an optical disc drive, according to a report published online today.

According to MCV, Microsoft has been informing its partners that its next console will not feature a disc drive, but will include support for another type of physical media.

It’s not known whether this will be a proprietary technology, or whether it will make use of an existing form of physical media like SD cards.

The lack of moving parts in this form of technology could potentially improve the reliability of the hardware – something Microsoft struggled to combat during the early days of the Xbox 360.

But it also poses the question: could Microsoft be planning on pushing digital download releases over physical copies for its future console? If so, it could offer the firm the perfect excuse to launch the long rumoured Xbox Live Platinum service.

Arch rival Sony has often included support for proprietary physical media in its handheld releases. PSP used Sony’s own Universal Media Discs, small discs housed in plastic shells, while PlayStation Vita uses small ‘PlayStation Vita cards’.

Could Microsoft be headed in the same direction for its next home console?

Microsoft told MCV that it was “always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention”.

“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,” said the firm.

“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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