Xbox One could have been disc-less; went with Blu-Ray instead
Xbox One can provide a great experience whether you choose to purchase your games in store from a brick and mortar retailer, or if you decide to download all of your content digitally from the Microsoft Xbox Marketplace. I personally download all of my content from the store, and have not used to the disk drive to this day (okay, I did once to test for the original faulty Blu-Ray drive issue). It has just been revealed though, that at one point – Xbox One could have been a disc-less console.
The official Xbox magazine for the UK spoke to Microsoft Studio’s boss, Phil Spencer, about the design process of the company’s latest console. Spencer revealed that the company was considering removing the disk drive from the unit as late as mid-2013.
So there it is, Microsoft struggled with the idea of creating a possible disc-less console, but decided against it due to current bandwidth constraints along with the massive size of some of the currently available game titles.
The fact that we have to remember is that Xbox is a universal brand, while some of us may have an excellent internet connection (I get 50 Mb/s down) – not all of us are so lucky. In areas where internet connections drip slower than molasses from a winter tree (what?), the disc-less option of an Xbox One just isn’t a possibility for all at the current time.
While a second Xbox One without a disc drive could have been a possible option, it most likely would have not affected the price by enough of a significant margin.
What do you think about a disc-less Xbox One?
Source: Xbox Magazine UK
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You understand that if it ran Windows 8 full, without desktop, like it should have, it would have been a Steam Box? MS made some huge mistakes with the Xbone.
It just doesn't work on closed platforms, PSN/Live are a joke.
1) hot swapping feature (i.e. being able to say "Xbox, go to Killer Instinct" and then "Xbox, go to Dead Rising 3" without having to get up, walk to the TV stand, find the Killer Instinct case, press the eject button, put Killer Instinct disc back on the case, put the case back on the shelf, grab the Dead Rising 3 case, open it and take out the disc and then put it into the drive, then put the case back on the shelf, then go back to the couch and sit down is worth not being able to re-sell a game. 2) no scratched or broken discs (it happens if you have kids in the house; $60 down the drain)
3) having an entirely digital library means I can play my games on any Xbox One without having to lug around a bunch of discs
The only problem is that currently it is possible to find disc-based games cheaper than their digital counterpart, which is baloney and should never be the case, and is also the big reason I'm mad at all the ignoramuses who freaked the frack out back in June and forced Microsoft to remove it's awesome features (e.g. disc based games now require discs in the drive, no family sharing plan, etc.).
And by the way, the One can command both my tv and my sound bar (through hdmi and optical) meaning that I don't have to bother turning them on/off manually nor tweak the volume using their respective commands. Now I'll have to sell my 360 :-P Sorry to expose my digital life, I "had" to share this with the community ;-)