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PostSubject: Xbox One Nearly Lost Disc Drive in Favor of All-Digital Gaming   Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:35 am

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Microsoft reportedly considered ditching the Xbox One's disc drive for a completely disc-less console instead, but decided that this could create certain problems for gamers.

According to a new report from OXM, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer said that the company thought about making the Xbox One a purely disc-less console in mid-2013, but said bandwidth and game size could become potential issues.

"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change," said Spencer. "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. From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices - thinking of and building around that."

The elimination of the disc drive would mean that customers would have to rely on an Internet connection to receive game content. Those without would obviously lose out, and for those with slow Internet connections, it could mean days before a game is fully downloaded.

Aside from that, many customers have said that they'd miss being able to "own" games the way they do with physical versions, which allows them to trade and resell as they wish. This allows customers to avoid paying high prices of new games, and this is one thing Microsoft aimed to prevent with the new console.

The Xbox One has received a lot of criticism for the restrictions it placed on gamers earlier last year, such as the used games ban and the new "always-on" digital rights management (DRM) system. Microsoft later retracted these features after major complaints.
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