The next-generation of Xbox console will still have a physical disc drive according to Xbox head Phil Spencer.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Spencer understands the advantages of digital media, however, he and his team are not going to force Xbox gamers into an all-digital future just yet.
“More and more players are buying digital. We think the experience in certain instances, specifically if I am away from my console and everything is on my hard-drive with the entitlements are all there, there are some scenarios that are easy. But we know that people still have discs“.
“So even when we put out things like the Xbox One S All-Digital edition, we are very clear with the name because I am not trying to confuse anybody, that if you are somebody that has a library of discs, or that’s the way you want to acquire the content, then you should buy the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One S All-Digital… which is why we put it in the name, and yes I know it says SAD“.
“I want to be very descriptive, because I am not trying to confuse anybody about what the options are. I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love.”
It was recently revealed that the next-generation Xbox (known for now as Project Scarlett) will release in the holiday season of 2020. The console sports a custom AMD Zen 2 and Navi processor which is said to be around four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.
The hardware supports 8K visuals, 120 frames per second, and real-time ray tracing. The console will also contain an SSD to keep the loading times to a minimum.
The “Project Scarlett” console will launch with Halo: Infinite – the first time a Halo title has launched with an Xbox console since the original console in 2001. Project Scarlett will support games from all generations of Xbox consoles.