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The Xbox One could've released without a disc drive

Jan 02 // Jordan Devore    @DtoidJordan

Game file sizes proved too high for Microsoft

In the what-if scenario of the day, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer tells OXM that the company considered making the Xbox One a "purely disc-less console." Another forward-looking idea for the system that didn't pan out, then. Probably for the best.

"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," he commented. "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."

Even as someone who doesn't feel too strongly one way or the other about owning physical copies of media, I think the lack of a disc drive in the Xbox One would've been a scary step forward for many consumers. We're just not ready for it. Game consoles largely aren't ready for it, either.

Microsoft considered removing Xbox One's disc drive [OXM]


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