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Rumor: Next Xbox loses the optical disc drive

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The next Xbox seems to be prone to rumors suggesting an outrageous shift in direction for traditional gaming consoles. The first rumor said the upcoming Xbox would not be capable of playing used games. A new rumor provided by MCV today says Microsoft is not going to include an optical drive in its new console.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, MCV says Microsoft made its partners agree to “the strictest NDA” (non-disclosure agreement) they’ve ever encountered. The disc drive will supposedly be replaced with some kind of removable solid-state storage. This means there will still be a way buy physical media for the Xbox, but it also means Microsoft is putting a lot more emphasis on downloads through the Xbox Live Marketplace.

When MCV asked Microsoft about the story, it gave a traditional non-answer in response.

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Via [MCV]

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