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Next Xbox Will Ditch Optical Drive, According to Report

Category: Gaming
Posted: 07:38PM

New hardware rumors are always going to appear, and in the case of game consoles, the speculation encompasses a little of everything. Rumors and rumblings on the successor to the Xbox 360 have been appearing for years, but lately there seems to be a bit more than usual. We have already seen some reports, but a new one changes course on the storage medium. Previously the Next Xbox was rumored to use a Blu-ray drive, but a new report says Microsoft will forego an optical drive entirely and instead use "some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage." The report did not elaborate further on whether it will be a commonly available format or a new proprietary one, but hopefully it would not be too expensive. The report also said the Next Xbox will arrive in 2013, which would support Microsoft's stance of no new hardware this year. Whatever ends up happening for the Next Xbox, do you think the lack of an optical drive would be a smart decision or should Microsoft opt for a Blu-ray drive?

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exodus1977 on March 10, 2012 03:23AM
There's reasons why discs still exist. They are cheap to mass produce and easy to resell. Doing some proprietary card storage would be too costly, both on production and consumer sides. Remember cartridges? I recall paying ~$5 to $20 more for the Nintendo 64 version of the same game you would find on the PlayStation or the Sega Saturn. I'm thinking that Microsoft will nut up and have some of that Sony tech in their next console...all because HD-DVD lost the battle.
DanTheGamer11 on March 10, 2012 07:21AM
Stupid rumor.
venomoc on March 10, 2012 07:23AM
scorpain on March 10, 2012 09:55AM
Hurray, i really hope this comes true, games on SSD cards will be really good, easy to maintain, easy to lose mind but you can't upgrade the space on a disk and have it work, you need to update the hardware however with SSD cards, you can, and you dont need to touch the hardware, maybe the software but it would save money in the long run if they kick off with this.
ir_cow on March 10, 2012 12:45PM
if they go with SSD games than loading will be way faster and quieter. only issue is that this might make the "no used game" rumor true as all they have to do is lock it to your gamertag and no one else can use it.
ir_cow on March 10, 2012 12:47PM
you can get a 16gb SD card for $12, i don't see why they will not go this direction honestly.
Guest_Jim_* on March 10, 2012 01:17PM
Am I the only one who remembers the cartridge days of the NES, SNES and N64?
Guest_Jim_* on March 10, 2012 01:22PM
Guess not. Didn't see exodus1977 up there. Sorry about that.
d3bruts1d on March 12, 2012 11:23AM
I'm up for it as long as you don't have to blow on it to get the game to play. lol
Desktop-pro on March 10, 2012 02:39PM
I like the idea of faster load times and not having to treat my games like glass.
slick2500 on March 10, 2012 09:45PM
Blu-ray is the hot thing right, now Microsoft would be stupid to not include a Blu-ray drive. I do think that this is what is going to happen eventually, either that or everything will be downloaded or streamed, but not yet.
d3bruts1d on March 12, 2012 11:25AM
BRD isn't that huge, and if the PS3 has shown us anything it is long installs and load times suck. Microsoft has already started a push to the cloud by allowing cloud save games on the 360 and combining Xbox Live with Mobile Apps.

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