Could an Optical Disk Free XBOX One Be On The Horizon?

Enter To Win A Free Xbox OneThe months leading up to the Xbox One launch were fraught with indecision and poor choices made by Microsoft.  Gamers were originally supposed to have an always-online console with really minimal disc support.  As late as the summer season of 2013, Microsoft was still dabbling with the concept of releasing an Xbox One design totally lacking an optical drive.  This would have been an extremely different machine compared to todays XBOX One, and might have considerably changed this generation of gaming and entertainment.  After all of the indecision making and back and forth with gamers, is it possible that Microsoft could still launch a new Xbox One in the coming years without optical disk support whatsoever.

Today, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer informed OXM that the possibility of a disk free Xbox One was on the table up until the middle of 2013.  While the concept was strongly thought about, the truth of massive game installers and slow-moving web connections brought the Microsoft to its senses.  Regretfully, Internet speeds are still far too sluggish to download fifty gigabyte games in a sensible period for a majority of consumers, and an online-only console would have caused even more backlash.

What about the possibility of a secondary bare-bones model, though in a not so distant future? Looking forward,  Microsoft could release an inexpensive version of the XBOX One, and considerably lower the obstacle to entry.  If this theoretical budget machine lost the Blu-ray drive, dropped support for HDMI input, upped the hard disk to two terabytes, and came without a Kinect, the asking rate would drop considerably.  Obviously, a deluxe variation would remain to be offered; however, this might serve a similar purpose as the low-end Xbox 360 Arcade.

The mass market isn’t all set to go digital-only, however Microsoft is clearly getting ready to invest there.  By providing a less costly model without Blu-ray support, Microsoft could have its cake and eat it too. The routine Xbox One model continues to be the norm, and a bare bones digital-only device can serve very much the exact same market as Steam.  Much like the PSP Go by Sony, this stripped-down machine would likely just function as a supplement to the regular console.  Even if it’s relegated to a niche market, it ‘d be nice to see the Xbox One below the $300.00 price point earlier rather than later on.

Obviously, there are numerous potential outcomes for the future of the next-gen systems.  Microsoft and Sony are bound to release console redesigns and numerous add-ons in the next few years.  It is only a matter of time for a major player to makes a significant step away from physical media.  The Steam Machine is due to be a good testing ground to see how well a console will be able to perform without an optical drive and function only as a cloud based gaming console.   Check out the video below which breaks down the components of the Steam Machine and let us know if you think Microsoft could ever do something similar with the XBOX One in the comments section.

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29 thoughts on “Could an Optical Disk Free XBOX One Be On The Horizon?

  1. I was questioning, due to the fact that I saw that when I play my Xbox my games gets more scratches on them. I don’t take a look at them all the time, however I look after my games and they still get scratched. I herd that the Xbox’s were developed to scratch the games.
    Mybe the one at the bottom didn’t read this and some of the others too, ALL I DO IS CAREFULLY TAKE THE DISC FROM THE GAME SYSTEM AND GENTLY PLACE IN THE BOX THAT I BOUGHT MY GAME IN … NO PLASIC ON DISC ACTION GOING ON
    O.K., MYBE I DID N’T SAY THIS, BUT THE SCRATCHES ARE ALL OVER !!! I need to state a regular ps2 game dosn’t scratches on them and I have actually been using them for a couple of years, and it is absolutely nothing as compared to the ones on the 360 one, that I have been using for a couple of months.

  2. Who is needed for Game console Design?
    I have this incredible idea for a game system, but I don’t know who to hire in details.
    I think i could need a hardware professional or a programer or something, however who would I require to work with in total as a staff
    thanks
    likewise, exactly how would I have it made? and how would I get it marketed?
    thanks once again

  3. The Xbox One looks like a VCR and the PS4 appears like a gigantic diagonal eraser. Any viewpoints on the design therefore you thin they r larger than the consoles we have now or smaller

  4. What do you think is cheaper for gaming?Why do people assume you need a $20,000 PC to use it for games? My computer only cost $800 and it will pwn any ps3 or xbox 360 with graphics. Considering that a xbox 360 will cost $400-$500 dollars and a person owning a xbox will most likely have a computer to use anyway which is atleast $300 plus games are more expensive for xbox a pC would be cheaper for gaming. What do you think? PC vs Console?

  5. I was wondering, because I noticed that when I play my Xbox my games gets even more scratches on them. I don’t take a look at them all the time, but I take care of my games and they still get scratched. I herd that the Xbox’s were created to scrape the games.
    Mybe the one at the bottom didn’t review this and a few of the others too, ALL I DO IS CAREFULLY TAKE THE DISC FROM THE GAME SYSTEM AND GENTLY LOCATION IN THE BOX THAT I BOUGHT MY GAME IN … NO PLASIC ON DISC ACTION GOING ON
    OK, MYBE I DID N’T SAY THIS, BUT THE SCRATCHES ARE EVERYWHERE !!! I have to share a normal ps2 game dosn’t scratches on them and I have actually been using them for a couple of years, and it is absolutely nothing compared with the ones on the 360 one, that I have actually been playing on for a couple of months.

  6. ie. is a gaming console just a single board with no pci(e) expandability. if you opened an xbox as an example what would be inside that wouldn’t be in a p.c. and vice versa?
    Thanks for the earlier response, just need a little bit more information, thanks.

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