New Xbox console won't have a disc drive in it
It’s been mooted for a while but it looks as though the next Microsoft console (rumoured to be called the Xbox 720) definitely won’t have a disc drive as part of its parts, if that makes sense. Popular computing website MCV has been informed of this, with Microsoft informing the necessary parties under a super-strict non-disclosure agreement – one that evidently hasn’t worked.
Word is that although there’ll be no built-in disc drive, compatibility with some kind of ‘interchangeable solid-state card storage’ will be on offer. The other juicy piece of info is that a 2013 launch date has been confirmed for the new console.
All of which looks pretty grim news for bricks and mortar gaming retailers such as Game and Gamestation (who are already in the throes of what could be seen as a fire sale). What do they do when there aren’t any games to sell on shiny discs and in plastic boxes? To be honest, we’re becoming a little bit frightened of The Future.