Microsoft Considered Digital Only “Xbox One” After E3 2013

Posted: January 2, 2014 in News

Speaking to OXM UK Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer says that the company considered making the Xbox One avoid physical media up to mid-2013.

He said “Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change,” Spencer said. “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.”

The final decision to include a blu-ray drive was done to “give the people an easy way to install a lot of content”.

Speaking on a personal level, considering I live in a non-US country (Ireland), this is a good thing. I download a lot of things digitally, but I am blessed with a 150MB connection, other people in the country can’t get those speeds because it is only available in certain areas. This will be an issue in a lot of countries for a number of years to come so moving completely to digital would not have been a smart move right now.

There’s always next generation, huh?

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