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access_time January 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM in Microsoft by Charlie Grammer

Microsoft considered an all-digital approach with the Xbox One

Microsoft debated removing optical drive from the Xbox One.

Microsoft debated removing optical drive from the Xbox One.

Most of you who have been following Microsoft’s newest console likely recall that shortly after the company unveiled it, they made quite a few drastic changes. What you may not know, however, is that Microsoft was considering taking a digital only approach with the console.

Speaking with OXM, Phil Spencer of Microsoft Studios stated, “Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change. There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues. So we decided – which I think was the right decision – to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content.”

This goes along with what Yusuf Mehdi had previously stated after E3, before the company made their first policy changes on the console. For those that don’t recall, he stated, “We believe the digital world is the future, and we believe digital is better.”

Could this mean that the next Microsoft console will indeed be digital only?

Thanks, Gamesindustry International.

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