Next Xbox to have no disc drive?

Posted by AlcorZA
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I read a rumour last night (and I don't put much stock in rumours, but that said it's always interesting much like gossip is) that the next Xbox may not have a disc drive of any sort.

One of the things that make me question this rumour is the fact that I doubt Microsoft would be so short-sighted as to cut off backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360 and the vast library of games they already have available. This would be very counter-productive indeed.

There have been a slew of articles around the interwebz already that Microsoft will be continuing the use of IBM's POWER architecture and again AMD (ATi) will be providing the graphics hardware for the new Xbox (which may be unveiled at E3 this year alongside Sony's upcoming Playstation 4). Why keep all the elements that enable backwards compatibility and then take away the disc drive (and subsequently the means) that enables one to play their original games?

Another rumour is that Microsoft may be using a subset/version of Windows 8 for the new Xbox. This sounds highly plausible to me since Microsoft's new mantra is "Windows everywhere". We already know that Windows Phone codenamed "Apollo" will be the Windows 8 core, we now know Windows 8 will be running on ARM also. Why not the Xbox too? It makes sense doesn't it?

If you're curious, check the TD Daily article I spotted this rumour on here. Thoughts anyone?

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Charmed
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Charmed Saturday, 10 March 2012

Rumor

I think it's exactly that - just a rumor. I do think they will take the Windows 8 approach to the Xbox. It just makes sense. I also read that the major dashboard update kinda readies is for the new interface.

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AlcorZA Saturday, 10 March 2012

Rumor Shromor

Yeah, I don't really put much faith in rumors either... but often they start somewhere. Perhaps even just because somebody during conceptual stage mooted the idea of a diskless solution.

That said... the more interesting bit will be what level of backwards compatibility it will have with the 360. Of course, the PS3 originally came out with PS2 compatibility and they later dropped it in the later hardware refreshes.

The interesting thing is, if they do go the Windows 8 route, technically Windows 8 will run on more than just Intel/AMD x86 and ARM. It will also do the IBM POWER architecture too. That said, it won't run on anything other than the console. If anything, at the core it may be Windows 8, but that's where the resemblance ends because everything else will be pretty much designed exclusively fo the console only.

Microsoft did all their modularisation work of Windows on Windows Vista. So now they can simply plug components into the core OS itself and build other components. I'm sure the Xbox dashboard/UI will be such a component running on the Windows 8 core making use of all it's networking stacks and other protocol layers. It'll bring that tight integration with "Apollo" and Windows 8 on desktop and WOA. The benefits could be astounding!

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riiaan Monday, 12 March 2012

No disk player would suck.

Yes, it is probably just a rumor. But it is not the first time i have heard it.

Hopefully they never do it. For people (like us in S-A) it would suck because we have to pay so much for internet.

AlcorZA
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AlcorZA Monday, 12 March 2012

Suck it would indeed!

You're right of course... our internet isn't exactly the "cheapest" in the world, nor is it by any stretch of the imagination "fast". While I benefit from a 10 Mbps line at home (which only syncs at 7), I am limited to the amount of data I can use. Uncapped (and unshaped) bandwidth costs an absolute fortune.

Lets hold thumbs and hope that the situation improves over the next year or two. Hopefully to the point we become competitive with the rest of the world.

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