Aah, the new Xbox. Wouldn’t you like to know more about it?
So would I. So would the Queen of England. So would every Martian from every province and planet of the Milky Way.
The new Xbox is a pretty hot topic.
I’ve addressed Xbox rumours before, as I did in my Xbox 720 rumour round up (a must read if you’re the Queen, a Milky Way Martian or a gamer of any kind) but this new Xbox info, is as close to ‘confirmed’ as the next-gen Xbox hype machine has ever gotten.
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This latest news comes hot of the press from MCV, possibly the most trusted site in all of video game journalism land. MCV claim to be in touch with a *source* who, under the strictest of strictly mcstrict strict-strict Microsoft issued NDAs (read: gagging order) has revealed to the site that the new Xbox will not have a disc drive.
Of course, this prompted the video game loving Internet to go into absolute meltdown as to what this could mean for the download-a-phobe video gaming public, who would be forced to put their Internet under the most stifling of pressures to squeeze out a good game from the bandwidth pipeline and onto their console for their own gaming enjoyment, with me and longtime friend/contributing JSX writer, Myles having a lengthy discussion over the new Xbox announcement (scroll down a bit on his Twitter feed @KrigoCA if you want to have a read).
The actual problem isn’t the download only bit that could become a frightening reality for new Xbox gamers, which is an argument for a different day, but it’s the fact that should Microsoft scrap physical media (well, the traditional discs, anyway), they’d probably end up using an SD card based model, similar the system that the PS Vita uses, in which you buy the (flash memory) card, take it home, pop it in and voila, you’re playing. Their have been separate arguments as to whether the SD cards would be expensive, cheaper than discs, but still pricey nonetheless, but many, including myself, think, that should Microsoft want to keep up a high quality of gaming on their shiny new Xbox console, they’ll have to up the stakes with the SD card tech in order to allow for better Xbox games, which will of course, empty everyone’s wallets a lot quicker than your bog-standard download.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, using these SD cards could mean that the new Xbox will play games that are worse than the PS4, due to them playing standard definition gaming as opposed to the HD output of whatever disc (most likely Blu-Ray, which Sony probably aren’t ready to scrap just yet) the PS4 will use.
Alternatively, it will mean that the new Xbox console itself, games aside, will be incredulously expensive, perhaps not worth saving up for, for a very, very, very long period of time as I suggested with my gaming Q&A last month, which included new Xbox price talk.
Regardless, the future of the new Xbox may look bright, but none of that will be down to disc glare, that’s for sure.
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