Analysts think that the next Microsoft console will be a hybrid, using both cloud-based and media-based delivery. We're not ready to take it all to the cloud yet, they say. I hope you have storage space for more discs.
DFC Intelligence analyst David Cole says that half the fun is actually lining up to acquire disc-based media. He feels that physical media is still important.
Cole told IndustryGamers, "I think that the Xbox 720 should definitely have some sort of access for physical media. The cloud stuff can open up new doors and Microsoft's strategy is all about delivering services via the box, basically it has been somewhat of a cloud strategy from the beginning."
Colin Sebastian of RW Baird says that things will continue as is, with larger games coming on discs, and smaller coming via digital distribution: "I think any smart console manufacturer will want to offer a mix of distribution points for consumers - both in the cloud and at retail stores. There is such a broad spectrum of games that consumers are playing, and there is not a one-size fit all solution."
EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich sees the next Microsoft system as a true hybrid. He feels that the industry "will continue to support physical media until the mass market has reached the tipping point of acceptance on digital."
Let's hear some of your speculation, Destructoid. Are we ready for an all-cloud future? Or do we still need discs?
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