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Old 17-11-18, 01:20 PM
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Microsoft's reportedly building a Disk-less version of the Xbox One

An Xbox One S Slim is also rumoured to be in the works.



Read more about Microsoft's rumoured diskless Xbox One console.

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Old 18-11-18, 01:32 AM
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4K bluray player is about the only feature I use on mine! Still one of the cheapest in the market.
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Old 18-11-18, 11:58 AM
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With game pass and sites like G2A you can get finally get most consoles games a lot cheaper in digital form compared to physical(As it should have been from the start)- and you can often get keys that work on both PC & Xbox. Some of the best selling modern AAA games don't even get disk releases(PUBG, Fortnite, Minecraft ect's physical copies all amount to key codes in a box). Meanwhile ODDs are still one of the heaviest, noisiest & mechanically complex(IE Likely to fail) parts in the system, while taking up a significant chunk of the area in modern systems. To be honest, I wouldn't be at all surprised if next gen Microsoft relegated the disk drive to an optional external add-on.

(I've personally only ever known of one person who owned any Blu Rays and he owned a grand total of 4; Which were then pretty much immediately ripped onto a HDD and encoded in H265)
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Old 18-11-18, 12:09 PM
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Wouldn't this in a sense bring in what they tried at the release of the Xbone to make it so you couldn't trade your old games just seems a backdoor way of bringing that in
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Old 18-11-18, 12:57 PM
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The lack of game reselling and the requirement for DRM are both side effects of discless gaming yes. Is that a bad thing? Only if digital copies are sold at equivalent to pricing as physical.

Generally, you can save far more money by buying digital now than you can get back from trading in or sharing physical copies. You couldn't when the Xbone first launched which is why there was a backlash. You can on Steam which is why no one ever cared, and you often can now on Xbone & PS4, which is a significant portion of modern owners have a digital-only library by choice anyway.

To be honest, I always felt the backlash against the Xbone's original DRM system was not just out of proportion but purely emotional and completely lacking in any logic. For all intents and purposes, the original proposed DRM system(With its disc-less game sharing and the like) would have given us much more freedom and ability to share our digital content than we currently have on PS4 or Xbone. In many ways I feel MS's abandoning of their original DRM system for the screeching minorities of "hardcore" console gamers represented an overwhelming step backwards for the industry & the way most people actually went on to use their consoles, and it was always inevitably going to be the system we'd adopt down the line sooner or later.

But of course, the difference here is that people now have a choice. If you want the old-style way of buying games you can still buy a disk'd Xbox and do what you want with the physical game copy. If you'd rather pay a fraction of the price and have a copy that can't get lost, damaged, worn & doesn't need physical disk swapping and the like you can do that too.

I DONT think diskless should dissapear, because we still live in a world where people have 1MBPS DSL internet connections. But I'm sure for many with 20MPS+ connections going up to cheap and prevalent 200MBPS+ connections throughout much of mainland Europe, the idea of waiting a day or two for a disk to get shipped or even hours to make the journey for the store has very little appeal when you can now often download the whole game while you make your tea (Although here in Britain our relatively strong postal service & short journey times compared to our scandalous privatised broadband infrastructure still makes the former a much more likely option for many, but for how long?).
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Old 18-11-18, 09:23 PM
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Well they aren't stopping the production and sale of disc drive equipped consoles but this does lower the price of the units making it even more accessible to a broader audience, Clever move.
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Old 18-11-18, 09:40 PM
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Well they aren't stopping the production and sale of disc drive equipped consoles but this does lower the price of the units making it even more accessible to a broader audience, Clever move.
Considering it's rumors and the fact the rumors say it's most likely just for China, it's not all that great of a move.
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Old 18-11-18, 09:47 PM
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Considering it's rumors and the fact the rumors say it's most likely just for China, it's not all that great of a move.

Fast internet in China is a lot more prevalent than it is in the UK or the USA so going discless makes sense as it will be more accessible to more people due to lower pricing which is smart considering there are a lot of people in China that are on very low wages.
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Fast internet in China is a lot more prevalent than it is in the UK or the USA so going discless makes sense as it will be more accessible to more people due to lower pricing which is smart considering there are a lot of people in China that are on very low wages.
There are not many Chinese games. You won't sell a console with no games.
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Old 19-11-18, 05:29 AM
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There are not many Chinese games. You won't sell a console with no games.

There aren't many Mexican games either yet consoles sell in Mexico
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