Nextgentactics on youtube and other sites are reporting than Microsoft is telling it's partners that there will be no disc drive on the 720, here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxU2OyPpZd4&list=UUJEWerO285CbunDjJjYyKbw&index=5&feature=plcp
What do you think about this? I've had a rather dubious reaction to this news, on the one hand there's been discussion for years about a switch to USB sticks over disc's as they're cheap to make now with very good transfer rates especially now with USB 3.0. The other point would be that Microsoft have since the fall of HD DVD pushed online downloads and rentals and of course the success of Xbox live arcade. We could see them try to take a Steam style approach all together or alongside a USB stick for example, Steam early on though had allot of issue so if they do decide to set something like that up expect massive problems for the first year or so :p all this would of course have major implication's for game retailers who are already struggling with Game in the UK for example who've suffered hit's to their share price, been unable to stock certain titles such as Mass Effect 3 and have cash flow trouble.
A shift to online downloads would obviously hit them hard but USB sticks as well could mean a new pricing structure that in all likelihood would favour the publisher & developer, not the retailer. And then of course there's the can of worms of the middle men involved who would be hit hard by this move, manufacturers, distributors etc :p Personally though i'd be fine with the format but not what it would do to in industry on a whole, no backward comparability with the 360 would of course be a big middle finder to allot of gamers but the Sony made that same choice with the PS3 in not being able to play PS2 games and it's doing fine, people got used to it. Plus if it's that important to you to have to option to play you're older games then hold onto your 360 as well as getting the 720, problem solved. I would however want a physical stick, drive, cartridge or whatever as opposed to downloading everything for me that's ok for smaller purchases like arcade games but not full on tittles, at least on a console
So what do you guy's think? Could this work? And would not being able to play 360 games on there put you off buying it or would you be willing to keep your 360 going for a while longer foregoing the trade in deals?
Answer by Xiro · Mar 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Downloads are too dependent on access to the internet and a good broadband connection. Still need some type of physical media. Digital can be okay when cheap enough (Steam) paying more then ten dollars for a game that you cannot sell, buy used, trade etc.. is not appealing. Backward comparability is always nice to have. And with all digital downloads there needs to be a backup be it your self or a system like Steam.
Answer by Razor512 · Mar 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM
while dvd's may be annoying, there is still no good replacement for game consoles. ddigital copies require online verification for DRM purposes which is bad for consoles (cant have a ton of people downloading a game to their consoles then disconnecting in order to share the game)
Many ISP's also cap the connections of their users.
while storing games on a memory card can work, it is not as reliable as a DVD (think sega, or the original nintendo)
I feel a better solution is ti improve upon the dvd or bluray system, eg if a game comes on 2+ dvd's, allow the user to install the game to the hard drive and use the first dvd for DRM if an internet connection is not detected.
Answer by Liam Quade · Mar 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I got it, flash drive video games.
The PS Vita allows you to download games or get a small SD card sized game disc. The next Xbox could allow you to download games onto the hard drive or run games off of video games that are on flash drives.
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