Windows Central Podcast 53: New Microsoft Hardware

Microsoft had a busy last week, with the launch of the new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, in addition to the Surface Studio coming to more markets. Microsoft also unveiled new hardware accessories, and even unveiled a new console called the Xbox One X. All that, and more on this weeks episode of the Windows Central Podcast.

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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • - If you remove the Blu-Ray driver from the Xbox, you'd have to MASSIVELY increase the HDD storage. And I mean to upwards of 5TB. That's even more expensive than having a Blu-Ray drive.   - Sony sells their 4K Blu-Ray player for a lot. But it's Sony. ALL their products are overpriced by default. So going by the price they charge for a UHD player to judge the amount of money you could cut from the Xbox by removing the player is just not possible.
  • Don't forget about the fact that for whatever reason, people still like owning obsolete physical media. I'm not talking about collectors, or audiophiles with albums either.
  • you are so apathetic
  • Lol!
  • Describe "obsolete physical media".
    VHS? Betamax? DVD? 'cause other than that, I can't think of anything that would qualify as obsolete physical media. In fact, I put in DVD but for most people even that's not yet obsolete.
  • Disc media became obsolete when media was able to be stored cheaply on storage devices. A disc can scratch on the first day, making unplayable. A MP3 can play at least 10,000 times without beginning to be degraded. That's what I mean by obsolete media.
  • A storage device can break, losing all your data. And then there's nothing you can do about it. An online service can shut down, and then there's nothing you can do about it.   I'm sorry but I completely disagree that discs are obsolete. In fact, the life span of a blu-ray disc, for example, is actually superior to that of a digital storage device. That disc, 15 years from now will still be there, playable. That storage device, only with luck. Furthermore, you can make digital copies of that disc. Making physical copies of a digital file costs you more than the other way around.   As you see, there are a lot of reasons why physical discs aren't going away. You can see a decrease in the amount of people who use them, sure. But like everything else, that too goes through cycles. Just consider the fact that vinyl records, at the end of 2016, outsold digital downloads. And we're talking vinyl, a type of disc that has been around since the late XIX century.   I personally will never buy digital music or films. I don't like it and I'm not going to like it more anytime soon. I also don't want to be dependent on the sh*t service my ISP provides to be able to enjoy the things I paid for. And yes, I do live in an European developed country.
  • Is this the posting of the live video podcast from last week?